Denver’s Old House Society Announces Sidewalk Strolls, Fun City Jaunts

 

 Join Denver’s Old House Society as we walk, stroll and poke around five of the city’s beloved old neighborhoods to learn about architecture, newsworthy residents, building materials, and other interesting tidbits — current and past. Our sidewalk strolls, which are guided walking tours, include time to visit over light refreshments in a park setting. Beginning in April and ending with an October tour with ghouls and ghosts, the tours offer an inexpensive and fun Denver home, hearth and history course. Tickets are $15 each or $60 for all five tours and can be purchased at King Soopers stores, City Market Stores at select locations along I70, or at www.denversoldhousesociety.org.

DENVER, (March 31) –

Held on Saturday, the neighborhood jaunts include: Capitol Hill, April 30; Country Club, June 11; The Harkness Heights neighborhood in the Highlands, July 16; The Bellevue-Hale area in the east central part of the city, September 10; and the Baker neighborhood, October 22. The July tour in the Highlands will be from 10 a.m. to noon and the rest of the tours will be in the afternoon from

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will view a variety of architectural styles: Victorians, Bungalows, Tudors, Denver Squares and Classic Revivals. From owners of humble abodes to some of the city’s grandest mansions, Denver’s famous, infamous and ordinary residents will be brought to life as will yesteryear Denver.

“Our sidewalk strolls are fun, inexpensive trips – if you will – that make Denver in years gone by come to life. They’re great ways for people new to the city and natives alike to learn about the Queen City of the Rockies. The strolls are wonderful for educating people about the care and restoration of old houses and for demonstrating how special our old neighborhoods really are and why they need to be protected from unsympathetic development. Our sidewalk strolls are mission driven,” stated Denver’s Old House Society Board Chair, Suzanne Minear, AIA.

In addition to learning about Denver’s history, families and houses, participants will have a chance to talk with authors who have written books about the neighborhoods and win a variety of fun and entertaining items, services and meals from local merchants, who are connected to the neighborhoods of the sidewalk strolls.

Denver’s Old House Society sponsors include: Desmond Brown Real Estate Group, Applewood Plumbing Heating and Electric, GB3 Energy Solutions, and Van Camp’s Quality Hardwood Floors.

Denver’s Old House Society, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to educating owners of old houses (50+ years old) and helping them protect their neighborhoods. For more information go to http://www.denversoldhousesociety.org

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