Want to learn more about this iconic Springfield site?

  • Keisha Rowe
  • Staff Writer
10:43 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018 Community News
The Westcott House Organization is now accepting volunteers for the year. Bill Lackey/Staff

If you’ve ever wanted to take part in preserving history, the Westcott House Foundation might have an opportunity for you.

The foundation has begun accepting volunteers to work at the Westcott House in Springfield throughout 2018. Those interested will work at the house conducting tours, in the house’s gift shop and perform other activities.

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Volunteers will be required to work 48 hours per year at the home. No previous experience or formal education in architecture is necessary.

Westcott Center for Architecture & Design Executive Director & Curator Marta Wojcik said in a message that all potential volunteers will have to attend training sessions to learn more about the house, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and how to be a tour guide. Information on new furniture that will be unveiled in April will also be part of the sessions.

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Wojcik said 15 volunteers have already signed up for this year, but she’s hoping for more.

“We hope to have a class of up to 25 people,” she said.

Training sessions which will begin on March 3. Those chosen to work for the foundation will receive a free Westcott House membership and enjoy other benefits, such as special discounts and trips.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer are encouraged to contact Wojcik at mwojcik@westcotthouse.org.

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The Westcott House is one of Springfield’s most notable landmarks. The house, originally constructed between 1906 and 1908, is the only prairie schoolhouse-style home in Ohio created by Wright. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was purchased by the Westcott House Foundation in 2001. It now plays host to several educational activities and events in Springfield.