Tickets on sale, volunteers needed for 2019 CWEA Home & Garden Tour

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Ted Wight Kingsbury Place Jess Campbell Central West End Association   Tickets went on sale today for The Central West End Association’s 47th Home & Garden Tour scheduled for Saturday and Sunday June 15 & 16, featuring historic homes on Kingsbury Place.  After 45 years as an annual event, the popular tour, which traditionally draws hundreds of people from all over the region, transitioned to a biennial schedule after 2015.

Volunteer opportunities are available, including a role as House Captain (information about all that is involved follows*), or as a Guide ushering attendees throughout the homes and gardens—and perhaps sharing bits of history too.  There are four 3-hour shifts available,** see information below.

As a thank you, volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to tour the homes on Saturday or Sunday. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Ted Wight Kingsbury Place Jess Campbell Central West End Association

A Kick-Off Party, sponsored by realtor Ted Wight, is planned for Friday evening June 14 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Kingsbury Place home shown above. The price of admission ($100 for CWEA members, $125 for non-members) includes food, an open bar, and a ticket to tour the homes on Saturday or Sunday. More information can be found on the website or Facebook page.

*House Captain responsibilities include staffing a home with volunteers for both Saturday/Sunday morning and afternoon shifts, scheduling, and communicating with CWEA Volunteer Liaison Lacey Mitchell to ensure all rooms/shifts are covered.

**House Tour Shifts
Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

To sign up or for more information, contact CWEA Executive Director Jess Campbell, jess@thecwe.org. You can also purchase tickets for the Home & Garden Tour here ($20 in advance, $30 after May 15, or at the door).

The board of The Central West End Association thanks you in advance for your support of this event which supports the organization and showcases the beautiful homes in the neighborhood, another wonderful reason to call the CWE home. And a big thank you to the generous sponsors of this year’s Home & Garden Tour, see list below.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Ted Wight Kingsbury Place Jess Campbell Central West End Association

New construction projects in the CWE

Over the past 5 years many building projects have sprung up throughout the neighborhood, including several major apartment buildings, multiple additions in the Cortex Innovation District, and taking shape currently at West Pine and Kingshighway, One Hundred, a fascinating 36-story, 316-unit apartment tower designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang. While high-profile developments have garnered well-deserved attention, there are also some more modest projects underway that demonstrate the broader vitality of the neighborhood as well.

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The new entry gates on Washington Place at Union are noteworthy because they reflect the extraordinary comeback—spanning over 20+ years—of the two blocks of Washington stretching from Kingshighway to Union Blvd. Over the years, adventuresome home buyers have recognized the redevelopment potential of the housing stock and have committed great energy and significant financial investment into restoring residences on these blocks.

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Washington Place resident Jassen Johnson said that neighbors had been dreaming about and saving for this gate project for 10+ years. At each annual meeting the gate project would be raised but nothing was done about it, so he finally volunteered to find a way to make the dream a reality.

Johnson reached out to architectural firm UIC for design and construction help. The design, which is a modern interpretation of the original entry way, was based on 2 small existing columns that remained on the site and a photo of the original found by one of the neighbors. The new gates will include lighting and a security camera system.

Funding for the project is provided by the Washington Place Special Business District. When the design process was completed and construction bids obtained it was realized that there was a shortfall in funding to complete the project.  Rather than wait, Johnson and Commissioners of the SBD secured a loan to enable the project to proceed.

There will be a neighborhood gathering/ribbon cutting shortly, once final details are completed, including installation of landscaping at the base of the gates.

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Several blocks east, a three-story single-family residence is under construction in the 4400 block of Fullerton’s Westminster Place, just east of Taylor.

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The project (rendering above) is the work of CWE-based designer Jimmy Jamieson.

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Developer Mark Mathis and his daughter Lauren are developing a 4-story apartment building at 4301 Maryland (at Boyle). The first floor consists of a 585 s.f. 1 bedroom unit, a common entry with elevator, and parking. There will be a 766 s.f. one-bedroom and an 838 s.f. two-bedroom unit on the second floor. A two-story 2,000 s.f.  3-bedroom unit with two balconies will occupy the 3rd and 4th floors. The first and second floor units include balconies as well.

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An early rendering of the project is shown above. Numerous refinements were incorporated into the final design in a collaborative process between the developers and the Cultural Resources Office and the Central West End Association Planning & Development Committee. A second structure of similar design is planned for the site once this building is completed and the units leased.

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The photo above, taken as construction was just underway, shows the location of the project on the west side of Boyle Ave., directly across from the Gaslight Theater and the former West End Grill & Pub.

A frigid Fat Tuesday in the CWE

A bitterly cold Fat Tuesday meant fewer people joined the 2nd Line Parade led by the Saint Boogie Brass Band and Jennings High School Marching Band as they traveled along Euclid from Washington to Maryland Plaza. There, the bands joined the McCluer South-Berkeley High School Band for a group performance. The Fat Tuesday event, the first of what we hope will become a tradition in the neighborhood, ended at 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine.

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The parade route started at Evangeline’s at Euclid and Washington where the Saint Boogie Brass Band performed before marching to Pi at the corner of Euclid and McPherson.

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There they were joined by the Jennings High School Marching Band.

 

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Some of the hardy souls who joined in the 2nd Line Parade.

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At the corner of Maryland and Euclid the bands converged with the McCluer South-Berkeley Band, below. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

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The high school band members were troopers to battle the cold as they entertained the crowd that had gathered for their group performance, above and below.

Finally, I wanted to share a favorite moment featuring one of Jennings High School’s Band Members during last holiday season’s Window Walk.

Thanks to Kate Haher, Executive Director of CWENorthCID, Erica Lembo, Marketing and Communications Director, and intern, Ellie Stuhlreyer for producing this fun event. And special thanks to all the band members who braved the elements to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the CWE.