Back in the last half of the 19th century, Columbus' lawyers, politicians and architects built gorgeous houses in the Olde Towne East neighborhood, sitting between Downtown and Bexley on the Near East Side. You can find great examples of Italianate, Queen Anne and Victorian architecture - most in various states of disrepair.

Back in the last half of the 19th century, Columbus' lawyers, politicians and architects built gorgeous houses in the Olde Towne East neighborhood, sitting between Downtown and Bexley on the Near East Side. You can find great examples of Italianate, Queen Anne and Victorian architecture - most in various states of disrepair.

But a lot of these great old homes have been lovingly renovated by folks who dream of bringing Olde Towne back to its former grandeur. And Sunday's Summer Tour of Historic Homes offers a chance to check out 13 of these restored gems.

Presented by the neighborhood associations in Olde Towne East and Franklin Park, the tour highlights renovated and preserved interior and exterior spaces.

The tour runs from 1-7 p.m. Sunday and starts at the Tifereth Israel synagogue on Broad Street. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the tour.