Historic Westerwood Prepares for Visitors

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On Saturday morning the artist enclave neighborhood of Westerwood will open its doors to the public.  Westerwood was built as a planned community in the early 20th century and is tucked away between UNCG and downtown Greensboro.

The Vice President of the Westerwood Neighborhood Association Jack Jazorek described the area as, “kind of a well kept secret.”

Preservation Greensboro Inc. is hosting the tour, and at a press conference this morning Executive Director Benjamin Briggs announced that ticket sales were going strong.

Westerwood has been more prominent in the news lately due to ongoing tensions with Duke Energy over tree trimming in the neighborhood.  During the morning press conference Briggs briefly mentioned that Duke Energy had agreed to suspend all tree cutting until after the tour this weekend.

The tour begins at 11am and will include eight different homes in the neighborhood including a couple of craftsmen bungaloos, a mid-century modern home, a colonial revival and an English stone cottage.

“One of the really cool things about Westerwood is that no two houses are alike,” said Jazorek.

The neighborhood is known as a community for artists, musicians and college professors.  There will be a Village Fair in the park all day on Saturday with food, live music starting at 4 p.m., and wares made by Westerwood residents.

Jazorek said that residents have been using the event as motivation to tackle home improvement projects before visitors arrive.  “We’re getting ready for guests,” said Jazorek. “The neighborhood is sprucing up.”

Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance.

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