Brooks hosting 19th annual fall architectural walking tour of downtown WB |


WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society director Tony Brooks Tuesday said his architectural tour Saturday morning will explore three centuries of Wilkes-Barre architecture in one square mile.

Brooks announced Tuesday that he will host his 19th annual fall architectural walking tour of downtown Wilkes-Barre at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, starting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 South Franklin St.

From simple colonial Yankee houses to the magnificent mansions of the Gilded Age, from Gothic-revival churches to streamline modernism, Brooks says Wilkes-Barre has it all.

Participants will learn how you can become an urban anthropologist through architecture and hear the stories of French royalty, a world-famous artist, and marvel how a little girl spread the gospel of good manners and social graces around the world.

Brooks said Wilkes-Barre is not only home to anthracite coal that fueled the Industrial Revolution, but it is also the birthplace of Planters Peanuts and Home Box Office.

“This architectural walking tour will have you wanting more,” Brooks said.

The cost is $10 per person and children will be admitted for free. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the 1793 Zebulon Butler House, the oldest house in Wilkes-Barre. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes. The tour is approximately two hours.

Reservations can be made by calling 570-793-3631. Free parking is available next door to the church.


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