CWE House Tour

The stately homes of Kingsbury Place will be showcased at this year’s Central West End Home & Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A preview party will be held Friday, June 14, 6 to 11 p.m..

This is the 47th tour presented by the Central West End Association.. This year’s tour will include food trucks, so people can take a break from touring and have a picnic on the boulevard.

Parking/Shuttles

Parking is not allowed on Kingsbury Place during the Saturday/Sunday tours. A shuttle bus will pick up in the official CWE Home & Garden Tour parking lot at Kindred Hospital, 4930 Lindell Blvd. Shuttles will drop passengers off at the tour registration/will call desk outside of #25 Kingsbury Place. Shuttle buses run 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Ride shares can drop off/pick up passengers at Kingsbury Place and Belt Avenue.

Tickets for the tour are $20 for association members and $30 for non-members, and may be purchased in advance at www.thecwe.org or at the registration desk the day of the event.

Preview Party

The Friday, June 14 kick-off party will feature live music and great food. It runs from 6 to 11 p.m. at #25 Kingsbury Place.

Tickets are $100 each for Central West End Association members and include food, open bar and entry into the Saturday or Sunday Home & Garden Tour. Non-member tickets are $125 each. For more information, visit www.thecwe.org.

Kingsbury Gates

The Beaux Arts gates at Kingsbury Place. photo by Diana Linsley

Homes on the Tour

#12 Kingsbury Place. This English Regency home was designed in 1912 by Lawrence Ewald for John L. Green. It was the first steel and concrete home constructed in the area. The home contains many of its original elements, and was the first in the neighborhood to have a pool.

#25 Kingsbury Place. The original owner and builder, Charles A. Antrim, was a lumber baron, evidenced by the rich woods displayed as a dominant feature throughout the home. The three-story, 16-room Italian Villa-style mansion, built in 1909, includes the original grand oak staircase with hand-milled dark oak balustrades.

#33 Kingsbury Place. Built in 1909 in the Arts and Crafts style, this home was first owned by banker Joseph. S. Calfee and his family. The home features original millwork, original leaded glass and, on the landing leading from the first to the second floor, a massive stained glass window that has been refurbished to its original beauty.

#46 Kingsbury Place. Architects Roth & Study designed this Georgian Revival-style house for Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel W. Ewing at the cost of $20,000 in 1915. After finding a great deal of termite damage in the kitchen, the current residents gutted the entire room. It now features a stunning island central to the family’s daily life.

#59 Kingsbury Place. The Colonial Revival-style home was built in 1910 by the A.J. Taussig architectural firm for the Elisha G. Scudder Sr. family. Originally built with four bedrooms on the second floor and two on the third floor, renovations in the 1990s converted one of the bedrooms to a large master suite. Most of the hardwood floors are original to the 5,700-square-foot house.

#63 Kingsbury Place. This Georgian style mansion, known as the Southern Comfort House, was designed by famed architect George Hellmuth on a commission from Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Massee. Completed in 1915, the three-story, five-bedroom house features large suspended sliding doors with no floor support leading from the foyer to the dining and living rooms. Stained glass pieces highlight the main stairwell and bathrooms.