The Old Allentown Preservation Association Annual House Tour

Celebrating 42 Years of Historic Preservation


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The Old Allentown Annual Historic House Tour will be held on Sunday October 7, 2018 from 12-5pm. In its 42nd year, the Tour will feature homes in our district that have been restored to their former historic grandeur. 

Important Tour Information:


The Tour

The tour begins at our Old Allentown Office located at 147 N 10th Street. This is where the ticket table will be located for all ticket sales and will call tickets.

The tour is self-guided. There will be two trolleys to offer you transportation. The tour is also walk-able.


Pre-Sale Tickets

Tickets will be available for pre-purchase beginning August 1st either online at or at the following locations: Assembly88, Liberty Bell Museum, Albright’s Hardware, C. Leslie Smith, Albright's Hardware, Boutique to Go, and Hummus House.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the event, and $10 for Old Allentown Preservation Association members. (Children under the age of 12 are FREE)


You will receive a voucher that you must bring with you on the day of the tour to redeem for your actual ticket. You can redeem beginning at 11:30am on Sunday October 7th at 147 N 10th Street Allentown PA 18102.


If you pre-purchase tickets online

Please print your receipt/confirmation email and bring it along with you to 147 N 10th Street Allentown, PA 18102 beginning at 11:30 am the day of the tour to receive your tour booklet. No tickets will be given out or mailed prior to the event.


Day-of Ticket Sales

Ticket sales will begin at 11:30am on Sunday October 7th at 147 N 10th Street Allentown, PA 18102.



 The tour is a rain or shine event. Please plan accordingly.



Parking is available on the streets of Allentown for FREE on Sunday October 7, 2018.



Unfortunately house tour homes are not accessible to those in wheelchairs. Please be advised that most house tour homes have stairs at entry and/or exit points.


Children & Strollers

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Baby stroller and hard side carriers must be left outside.


Other Information

The use of camera or video inside the tour homes is strictly prohibited. 
Please do not bring any outside food into the house tour homes. Water bottles are allowed.

 If you have any questions, please contact a House Tour Representative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Want to Volunteer for the House Tour? Volunteers will receive one free house tour ticket, and will be invited to the House Tour After Party. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a shift!


The Old Allentown Historic District 

The Old Allentown Historic District, which qualifies for historic landmark status, encompasses a nearly 16-squareblock area within the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania, stretching from Hall Street west of 7th Street to 12th Street, east to west and from Liberty Street to Linden Street, north to south. The District was established by special City Ordinance in 1978 to protect the unique late federal to Victorian architecture of the area. It includes the Old Allentown Cemetery, which dates to the American Revolution, as well as the nearly two-square-block Union & West End Historic Cemetery (featured on the tour this year), which dates to 1854 and is the largest resting place for Civil War veterans outside of Gettysburg. 

Prominent features of the architecture that are unique to the Old Allentown Historic District include the elaborately chip-carved Eastlake ornamentation over doorways and windows, ornate German-style fretted cornice work, and the bell-shaped porch roofs that were added during the early 1900s as homeowners ventured outside to watch the new-fangled automobiles cruise up and down streets. The Five Sisters on Turner Street are pre-Civil War and were built in 1835 – be sure to look for them on the trolley ride. 

The Old Allentown Tour will be an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon - come out and join us in celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of this annual tradition!