Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health are pleased to announce a series of four FREE Saturday walking tours made possible with support from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join us to celebrate historic neighborhoods through the experiences and stories of residents past and present.
Whether you live up the street or are visiting from another city, join these FREE walking tours to discover historic Columbus neighborhoods through the experiences and stories of residents past and present. Tours will begin promptly at the time and location listed. No need to register in advance – just show up!
Westgate Culture Walk
The Hidden and the Unexpected
A 1920s neighborhood with classical revival architecture built on the grounds of a former Union Civil War camp and large tracts of Quaker land took full advantage of the National Road and later the streetcar. Once home to three Columbus mayors, the area was a political powerhouse from the Depression to the loss of industries in the later years of the 20th century until neighbors took charge. They invent or “pop up” everything! Coffee shops? No problem, they have roving Mugs and Muffins porch coffee shops. Beautification? No problem, they are the test grounds for an out-of-state mum grower. Children’s activities? Households here treat 1,000 beggars each Halloween. Farmer’s market? No problem. They created their own. Public Art? Recycled signage from a now-gone shopping center is an installation. Meet at the Westgate Park Shelter House early at 8:30am for coffee from “Mugs and Muffins.” Bonus – while you are in the neighborhood, explore how Westgate makes art with a self-guided tour of four studios that are part of Columbus Open Studio & Stage (a purchased tour map is required.)