The Kensingtons Walking Tour

Saturday, July 8, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Saturday, July 8 at 10:00am / Guided by Cindy Catanzaro / Mobility 1

$15 General / $12 Members

In 1914, after some difficulty, Harry Kissell was able to purchase part of the historic Grube Farm, which became the northernmost part of his Ridgewood development later that July. This area quickly filled with middle to upper-middle class families eager to build suburban retreats. Join us as we explore the assorted architecture of this historic enclave, popularly known as The Kensingtons. Meet outside of 30 South Kensington Place.



Join the Westcott Center for Architecture + Design as we celebrate our region’s distinctive architecture and history with our annual Summer Tour Series.

The Summer Tour Series examines the architecture, design, and history of the built environment in the Greater Springfield Region. The 2023 series includes a variety of walking tours, bicycle, virtual, and happy hour tours featuring diverse subjects and fascinating stories. Architects, curators, historians, and local professionals guide each tour. 

Please be advised that we do not mail tickets. You will receive an order confirmation by email. You will be automatically added to the attendee list upon the completion of your order.




Our tours and programs are developed for a broad audience, including those with disabilities and decreased mobility. Tours move at a leisurely pace with brief periods of standing at tour stops. If entering a building or house, some stairs or inclines may be possible. All tours are assigned mobility levels between 1-3. 

Mobility Level 1
Up to 6 blocks walking, mostly flat terrain, paved, stairs not likely. Wheelchair accessible.

Mobility Level 2
May be more than 6 blocks walking, some hills, mostly paved, some stairs possible. Please call or email about wheelchair accessibility.

Mobility Level 3
Considerable walking, various terrains, unpaved areas. All bicycle tours. Please call or email about wheelchair accessibility.