Old West End Festival action migrates north this year toward Monroe Street, where the museum has planned an extensive lineup of entertainment and art workshops, fireworks, and the opening of its $5 million, 22-piece sculpture garden.
Museum events will be held on Saturday only. The Blade will preview TMA's 100th birthday party on Friday's Peach page.
Monroe Street will be closed at 9 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday. Scottwood Avenue also will be closed. Bancroft Street will be open.
The historic tour includes five homes and a church clustered near the museum.
New this year is a pavilion in the garden of the Mansion View Conference and Event Center, 2035 Collingwood Blvd., where beer, wine, and snacks will be served.
The festival features its usual antique and yard sales, live music, children's activities, and food. About 100 artists and crafts people will sell their wares in the park across Monroe Street from the TMA.
Sure to be a favorite on the tour is the Libbey-Perkins home at 2008 Scottwood Ave., completed in 1895.
Behind a wrought-iron fence and set on a double lot overlooking the museum, this 18-room mansion has a first-story exterior of granite, topped with shingles painted yellow as they originally were.
Homey on the outside, the house's interior is stunning and rich with detailed mahogany, cherry, and oak woodwork.
The paneled and beamed dining room features carved lion's heads, and the large Libbey safe is hidden behind a secret door. The fireplace, one of five, is framed by dozens of Delft tiles hand-painted with Dutch scenes.
On the second floor, an interior viewing window in a sitting room looks down onto the stairway and a beautiful stained-glass window.
Jeanene and Skip Perkins, who bought the place in 1993, were reluctant to open it to the public. They only agreed because of the home's special connection with the museum and TMA's centennial. “Just for this year,” said Ms. Perkins. “It's just a lot of work.”
Consider: She began early last fall, painting vast amounts of white trim, pillars, stairways, and a casement bay window. Then, she tackled several huge rooms, covering dark green walls with a rich yellow that complemented the stained glass. The raspberry-colored living room was given a new satin finish.
With its 21-inch thick walls, the house was built for glass pioneer Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife, Florence Scott Libbey, who were the original benefactors and among the founders of the museum.
The Libbeys hired architect David Stine to design their home. Stine also planned Scott and Waite high schools, the Lucas County Courthouse, and Ashland Avenue Baptist Church.
Bathrooms have original pedestal sinks, oversized claw tubs, and a marble shower with full-body spray. It has a gracious wrap-around veranda and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ms. Perkins had fallen in love with the house years earlier, and when it came on the market, she and her husband halted plans for a Queen Victorian they were preparing to construct on three acres in Bedford.
Best times to tour the mansions are early or late in the day, said Dennis Lange, president of the Old West End Association.
Museum parking lots will be closed to the public on Saturday. However, on Saturday only, free continuous shuttles will run between the TMA and parking lots at Owens Corning downtown off Summit Street or at the University of Toledo near Bancroft Street. Saturday night between 8:30 and about 10:15, shuttles will not run but will resume following the fireworks.
Also on the tour are:
The homeowners have also used material salvaged from a 1903 schoolhouse in Bryan for flooring, wainscot, and a tin ceiling. The aluminum siding is being painstakingly removed to expose the original shingle construction.
Home tours run continuously Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at each tour site and the information booth in the art park across from the museum. Discount with a Food Town Plus card. Individual home tours costs $3 each. Children 12 and younger may accompany a paying adult.
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