The gilded-age Victorian home at 3425 Kingston Pike, known as Historic Westwood, shines brightly as a museum house 365-days each year.  But during the holidays, its majesty is even more spectacular with the sights and sounds of Christmas adorning its grand rooms both inside and out.
The Historic Westwood Holiday Open House, December 9 from noon to 4 p.m., has something for every age and every yuletide enthusiast.  From the moment they enter the front door to the taste of their first holiday treat, guests will be surrounded by lavish garland, one-of-a-kind ornaments, and traditional holiday piano music played on the original upright owned by the home’s first occupants – John and Adelia Lutz
Featured this year is a tall, slim Victorian tree in the formal parlor decorated with handmade ornaments, created by the Knoxville Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America. Other can’t miss highlights include five beautifully designed mantles and the “family tree,” featured in the home’s Fresco parlor.
Free and open to the public, guests will be treated to holiday sweets and refreshments. Admittance to Historic Westwood is free and so is the parking at Laurel Church of Christ – 3457 Kingston Pike. For more information contact Hollie Cook at 865-523-8008 or
About Historic Westwood – Historic Westwood was built as a “wedding promise” in 1890 by John Edwin Lutz and his wife, Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz.  Originally sited on 12 acres along Kingston Pike, it was designed by notable architects Baumann Brothers in the grand Richardsonian Romanesque style, popular in the late 19th century. The home’s second floor is occupied by Knox Heritage whose mission is to preserve, restore and transform historic places in East Tennessee.  Free tours of Westwood are available Monday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Historic Westwood also can be rented for special events, weddings and company retreats. Contact or call 865-523-8008 for more information.