Victorian SoFo Walking Tour

Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Saturday, July 13 at 10:00am / Guided by Kevin Rose / Mobility 1

$15 General / $12 Members

Frank and Mary Bookwalter made a statement in 1875 with the construction of one of Ohio’s great wood houses, which was just on the heels of many cities banning the construction of wood homes! This grand house in the French Second Empire Style, designed by local architect Franklin H. Penfield, transformed South Fountain Avenue (SoFo) into one of Springfield’s most fashionable addresses. Join Kevin Rose, former national president of the Victorian Society, on this tour of the SoFo neighborhood. Meet outside First Baptist Church, 638 South Fountain Avenue.


About 2024 Summer Tour Series:

This summer, we celebrate 20 years of the Summer Tour Series with 20 tours of the Greater Springfield Region. The 2024 series examines the region’s architecture, design, and history on walking tours, bicycle tours, happy hour tours, youth tours, and sites tours of local landmarks. Architects, artists, curators, historians, and other local professionals guide each tour. This year’s series starts in June and runs through the middle of September.

Westcott members receive discounts to most tours and free admission to Members-Only tours. To become a member please follow this link. Tickets are available online and at the Westcott House Museum Store, 85 South Greenmount, Springfield, OH. Please be advised that many tours will sell out. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. 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.


Summer Tour Series is developed for a broad audience, including participants 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 outdoors tours are assigned mobility levels between 1-3. Virtual tours are available with closed captioning.

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.