The Central West End Association, host of the annual CWE House Tour, has decided to put the event on hold for a year in anticipation of launching new programs. "The CWEA is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary and we will announce some exciting new plans in the coming weeks." said Kelly Waters, President of the association board of directors."This has been a wonderful annual event for more than four decades. It takes months of planning and enormous dedication from over 200 volunteers to put this event on." said Waters. "In addition to the house tour we produce many other programs and activities. We've evaluated all of them and will move forward with those that serve our members and the neighborhood best."
The house tour has attracted more than 10,000 attendees each year and it is the Central West End Association's primary fund raiser. The house tour was started to bring attention to the loss of some of the city's most architecturally beautiful and important houses.
Jim Dwyer, a long time CWE resident and member of the association board, has been involved in the event for many years. "When we started the house tour the Central West End was not the bustling neighborhood it is today." said Dwyer. "Many of the large houses had fallen into disrepair and were too expensive to maintain. They were being torn down. The residents who wanted to renew the neighborhood and help save these houses decided to open their own homes to the public so people could appreciate the craftsmanship, history and beauty that was being lost."
"We know lots of people look forward to the house tour and we don't want to disappoint them. We look forward to reintroducing our signature event to the public." said Waters. "We're confident it will be worth the wait."
The CWEA is a non-profit, volunteer neighborhood association that has served the residents of the Central West End since 1958. For information on membership and programs please explore the website.