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Secrets of Allentown Tour:One of Buffalo’s Best Neighborhoods Come Alive

Big fans of the Allentown district will have an opportunity to learn about some of the historic buildings in the neighborhood when The Allentown Association, Inc. conducts its Secrets of Allentown tour on September 12th from 10AM – 4PM.  This tour will allow people access to some buildings that are rarely made open to the public. 

This year the tour will also feature some contemporary buildings, in addition to some of the historic ones for which the area is famous. 


The starting point for this expedition will be the Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Site Carriage House, at 641 Delaware Ave.  The carriage house replaces an old one that was demolished decades ago, and is one of many new additions to this site.  The Roosevelt Inaugural site has also features multimedia displays about the inauguration and the mansion’s unique history.  

From there, the tour will take people inside a dozen other properties (both residential and commercial), including the Twentieth Century Club.  The Twentieth Century Club was built in 1896 and is home to the second oldest women’s club in the country.  


Guests will pick up tour booklets at the starting point on this self-guided tour, and can then see the tour sites in whatever order they choose.  Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 on the day of the event.  Pre-sale tickets and be purchased at this website, in person at the customer service desk at any Top’s Friendly Markets, and at the Allentown/Elmwood shops Quaker Bonnet Eatery and Positively Main Street.  Tickets on the day of the event will be available at the starting point.  All proceeds will benefit the Allentown Association Inc., which is a not-for profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Allentown district.  This money will be put towards “historic preservation advocacy, beautification efforts and crime prevention”. 


Guests will be offered discounts at participating Allentown restaurants, and will be welcome to a free wine tasting at the Troop I Post/Hamlin House, 432 Franklin.


More information can be found at the Secrets of Allentown website.  The Allentown Association office is located at 16 Allen St., and can be reached at 881-1024.


Photo by KC Kratt for the National Park Service website.

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