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34th Annual House Tour

34th Annual House Tour

Sunday, June 19, 2016

11 A.M. TO 4 P.M.


Advance tickets are no longer available.  Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour in front of the Church of the Mediator on the corner of Turner and West Streets.


West Park Civic Association to Host 34th Annual House Tour June 19th from 11:00 to 4:00

Join us for a beautiful day in the West Park Historic neighborhood. Enjoy fine examples of architecture ranging from early 20th century American Craftsman style to a French Empire Revival style. Your ticket grants you access to thirteen unique locations. Experience the recently restored LVHN Edward Harvey Memorial College for Nurses building at 1628 Chew Street, a shining example of sensitive restoration and adaptive reuse. Wander through homes with beautifully carved woodwork, stained glass, and unique irreplaceable architectural features. Journey through a pre-restoration project of an Arts and Craft home for its debut on the West Park Historic House Tour. Live music will be provided at various locations along the tour.


The Queen Anne style Clauss mansion (1509 Linden), featuring a recently renovated designer kitchen, vintage style powder room, and spa bath with steam shower, is a true architectural gem bordering Allentown’s West Park. Visit the Shingle style home of Mar Haeussler and John Clarry, the former Society of the Arts Show House. Cross Millionaire’s Row and experience the 1908 French Empire Revival style home, built by John Taylor, owner of the Globe Dry Goods Store. Marvel at the beautiful decorative plaster relief attributed to Herman Merkel, who was a commercial artist and expert in ornamental plaster. This home is an ongoing restoration project by Jaindl Properties. Enjoy a brief talk on Millionaire’s Row by local historian, Frank Whelan to be held at 1:00 pm at the John Taylor House.

Continue downtown to learn more about the rich and varied architectural history of Allentown. Vintage trolleys will transport you from Church of the Mediator on 1620 Turner Street to several historic downtown locations. Continue your tour at Trout Hall, built in the Georgian style, Allentown’s oldest surviving home. There you will find docents in period costumes to transport you to the late 18th Century. Visit a charming mid-19th Century townhome retaining most of its original features. Enjoy a tour of Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, home to the 112- year-old Lehigh County Historical Society. Restroom facilities and light refreshments will be available at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour for $15 at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 1620 W. Turner Street. Advance tickets are available for $12 and may be purchased online or at the following locations: Albrights Hardware, C. Leslie Smith, Phoebe Floral, Walter’s Pharmacy, Hummus House, BoutiqueToGo, and Re:find. Tickets will also be available at Art-In-The-Park on June 18th. Free off street parking is available at Masonic Temple, 16th and Linden Streets and at 1425 Hamilton Street (rear of John Taylor House). This year’s tour, hosted by West Park Civic Association, is sponsored by Jaindl Properties, City Center Lehigh Valley, and BB&T. Please wear soft soled shoes, no heels that may damage floors.

Interested in helping support the West Park Civic Association and its Annual House Tour? Here is how you can help:

Volunteer to be a docent.

2 shifts available: 11 to 1:30 or 1:30 to 4. It’s free and you get to meet a great bunch of people!

Be a Patron!

$25 Silver, $50 Gold or $100 Platinum donation gets your name listed in the Patron section of the tour booklet.


1/3 page black & white ad (business card) is $60. Full color is $75.
1/2 page black & white ad (4.25” x 5.5”) is $75. Full color is $115.
Full page black & white ad (8.5” x 5.5”) is $125. Full color is $165.

Ad pricing above is for camera ready ad in .jpg, .png, or vector format files. PDF files will also work. There will be a modest charge if an ad must be created for you. Deadline for advertisers is May 20.

To place an ad, email Bob Berner at, or call 610 762-5061.

To be a patron or volunteer, email WPCA at or call Tom Yuracka at 610 737-7132.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Earlier Event: June 18
Art in the Park Award Winners