The Old Allentown Preservation Association held its 43rd Historic House Tour on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The event took place from 12-5 PM and featured 8 properties in the Historic District and 5 locations in Downtown Allentown.
Properties showcased on this year’s tour included historic residences, artist studios, design spaces, a Downtown Market, brand new state of the art apartments, and a beautifully restored event space. Homes on the tour featured both Victorian and Federal-style architecture.
“I can’t wait to see all of the house tour patrons touring our neighborhood. It is truly the most exciting day of the year for Old Allentown,” said Angie Johnson, Chairperson of the House Tour Committee and event organizer. “The Historic House Tour is a great way for people to appreciate the unique architecture and charm of our neighborhood, and this year we included a few downtown locations on the tour, so they really get to experience first hand why we love living here”.
Event attendees toured the properties, met homeowners and experienced the Old Allentown neighborhood, which spans 14 blocks; north to south from Liberty Street to Linden Street and east to west from Hall Street to 12th Street. Most of the tour can be completed on foot, and two trollies will be available to transport guests between locations.
All proceeds from the event support future programs and projects in Old Allentown.
“We rely on the support from our community to ensure we carry out our mission to preserve and foster pride in our neighborhood. The House Tour is our largest fundraising event” said Christian Brown, President of the Old Allentown Preservation Association.
Top sponsors for the event are: City Center Allentown, The Morning Call, PPL, WDIY, Upside Allentown, Saint Luke’s Hospital, LLS Graphics, Fast Signs, State Representative Peter Schweyer, and Preservations Works.