Education on Demand is partnering with Amarillo's 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.
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.” The Pueblo Deco style draws its inspiration from the Art Deco movement, which celebrated modern geometric shapes in décor and architecture. Pueblo Deco uses the inspiration of Art Deco, but embellishes it with motifs from the Southwest.
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, the home of Don and Sybil Harrington, and Shelton-Houghton House, now the headquarters of the Junior League of Amarillo.
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.
Center City is nonprofit organization dedicated to downtown revitalization. Center City sponsors events to bring more people downtown throughout the year. Other Center City events include High Noon on the Square in June and July and the Center City Block Party in August.
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Call Education on Demand during office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (806) 651-2037
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Historic Amarillo Walking Tour
WTAMU Education on Demand
WTAMU Box 60185
Canyon, Texas 79016