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Secrets of Allentown

Allentown is a neighborhood that constantly reinvents itself, yet at the same time it never appears to drastically change. Thankfully the changes that we have seen in recent years, are ones signaling progress. Whether the progress takes the shape of Kleinhans’ reflecting pool and the circle, or nearby restoration of houses on Porter and in the Fargo neighborhood, Allentown is looking up these days. We’ve seen what the Karpeles Manuscript Museums have done for the district, and Days Park (a lost Olmsted Park) when it recovered its fountain… even the planted gardens and the Small Built Works projects. The excitement of the Allen Street Commercial District continues with new stores such as Modern Nostalgia, new restaurants such as Prospero, and even the soon-to-open Just Vintage, continues to unfold.

If you live in Allentown, many of these assets are taken for granted. If you’ve always wanted to live in Allentown, but never actually found the time to purchase a house, Secrets of Allentown is a tour that is not to be missed. It’s not often that Allentowners open their doors to the public… unless it’s during this special event. There are a lot of tours in the city, but there is only one Secrets of Allentown. 

Secrets of Allentown – Saturday September 11th 2010 11am to 5pm.  

Tour headquarters will be the Birge Mansion, 2 Symphony Circle (photo). From
there, attendees will see properties on Park, Irving, Mariner, and Main
Street. Other exciting elements of this year’s Secrets include newly
converted commercial buildings and a few residential properties that
have never been included before.

As always, there is a wine tasting planned at the Hamlin House, 432
Franklin. The tour takes place from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are
$20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour, and members of the
Allentown Association may purchase tickets for $15.

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