House Tour Event to Celebrate 43 Years of Historic Preservation and
Urban Living in Downtown Allentown on October 6
The Old Allentown Preservation Association will hold its 43rd Historic House Tour on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The event will take place from 12-5 PM and feature 8 properties in the Historic District and 5 locations in Downtown Allentown.
Properties that will be showcased on this year’s tour include 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 will feature 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 can tour the properties, meet homeowners and experience 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.
Pre-sale tickets for the event will be available at a discounted price of $12 beginning September 1st. Old Allentown members receive discounted entry at $10 a ticket. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at assembly88, C. Leslie Smith, Albright’s Hardware, and online at oldallentown.org.
House tour booklets will be available for purchase the day of the event for $15 at the Old Allentown office located at 147 N. 10th Street from 11:30 AM-4 PM. Will call, prepaid receipts and vouchers must be redeemed at the office for a booklet, which will serve as the ticket for the event. Memberships will also be available for individuals and households. 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.