Historic Amarillo Walking Tour May 7 and 14

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 05/06 2014 02:08PM

Updated 05/06 2014 02:09PM

AMARILLO -- West Texas Education on Demand is partnering with  Center City to offer two walking tours featuring Amarillo's historic architecture. The tours offer a unique opportunity to see the historical detail of downtown's architectural treasures.

The tours are May 7 and May 14 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each tour is $20 or $30 for both tours.  

Michael Grauer, associate director for Curatorial Affairs/ Curator of Art and Western Heritage for the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, will lead the tour.  Grauer is one of the foremost authorities on an architectural style called "Pueblo Deco." 

On May 7, the walking tour will start at 4 p.m. at 1000 S. Polk St. and follow a route south on Polk Street to view the historic Vineyard Manor Apartments, Polk Street United Methodist Church,  and the historical marker recognizing Polk Street Schools. Participants will see the historic First Baptist Church on Tyler and walk by stately historic homes including Harrington House, and Shelton-Houghton House. 
On May 14, the walking tour will once again begin at 4 p.m. at 1000 S. Polk St. From there, participants will walk north to see the historic commercial buildings along Amarillo's Main Street. The buildings will include the Santa Fe Building, the iconic Paramount Theater building with its restored lobby and 33-foot neon sign and the Courtyard by Marriott at the Historic Fisk Building. 

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