Ex­plore Al­len­town’s ar­chi­tec­tural gems — both new and old

The Morning Call - - GO PICKS - — Ryan Kneller

Ex­plore some of Al­len­town’s beau­ti­fully crafted homes and busi­nesses dur­ing the 37th an­nual West Park House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day.

Pre­sented by the West Park Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, the self-guided tour show­cases 13 prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing 19th- and 20th-cen­tury res­i­dences that have been re­pur­posed or re­stored to their his­toric grandeur, stretch­ing from Al­len­town’s West Park His­toric District to cen­ter city.

Marvel at ma­jes­tic stair­cases, el­e­gant crown mold­ing and op­u­lent stained glass win­dows when visiting one-of-a-kind struc­tures, rang­ing in style from Fed­er­al­ist Re­vival to Tu­dor Re­vival, near West Park, 15th and 16th streets be­tween Lin­den and Turner streets.

Other eye-catch­ing fea­tures in­clude bright and airy sun­rooms; built-in book­cases; glass chan­de­liers; hard­wood floor­ing in­laid with bands of wal­nut, cherry and ma­hogany wood; an English-style pub and wet bar; a bil­liard room with oak wain­scot­ing; Mo­ra­vian tile, two-story ve­randa; and koi pond.

In ad­di­tion to ar­chi­tec­tural gems near West Park, the tour also will spot­light im­pres­sive down­town prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing the newly con­structed Five City Cen­ter, a 13-story glass and steel of­fice build­ing fea­tur­ing a “liv­ing wall” with 2,200 plants and 14 species in the lobby; and Cen­tre Square Lofts, a five-story, 95unit res­i­den­tial build­ing fea­tur­ing gourmet kitchens, over-sized win­dows, a rooftop lounge and game room.

Re­cently ren­o­vated prop­er­ties in­clude Vault 634, the for­mer Le­high Val­ley Trust build­ing that was con­verted into a lux­ury event venue — com­plete with a mar­ble stair­case, base­ment speakeasy and five orig­i­nal Hess chan­de­liers; and RB Col­lec­tion, a for­mer home of sev­eral no­ta­bles busi­nesses, in­clud­ing A&B Meats and Schadt & Co. Whole­sale Gro­cers, that was con­verted into an auto restora­tion shop that also fea­tures Palazzo Reale lux­ury apart­ments on the build­ing’s up­per floors.

Ad­vance tick­ets, $15, can be pur­chased on­line at west­parkca.org/events or at sev­eral Al­len­town area busi­nesses, in­clud­ing C. Les­lie Smith, Phoebe Flo­ral, Hum­mus House and RE:find.

You also can pur­chase tick­ets on the day of the event for $18 at Epis­co­pal Church of the Me­di­a­tor, 1620 W. Turner St., Al­len­town.


RB Col­lec­tion auto restora­tion shop and Palazzo Reale lux­ury apart­ments will be fea­tured in the 37th an­nual West Park House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day.


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