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Education on Demand Center City Walking Tour

Historic Amarillo Walking Tour

Part I:  Wednesday, May 7 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Part II: Wednesday, May 14  4:00-5:30 p.m.
Meet at the Center City board room, 1000 S. Polk

Cost for each tour is $20 or $30 for both tours.  Registration is limited.

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.

Register and pay online:

  • Go to Buff Advisor
  • Click Continuing Education
  • Click register and pay for Continuing Education Classes
  • In the Topic Code drop-down menu, choose LEISR-Leisure Studies then click Submit
  • Click the box on the far left of the course you want. 
    • Sign up for both tours by choosing Hist Ama Walk Tour,
    • Sign up for one tour by choosing either Hist Ama Tour Pt 1or Hist Ama Tour Pt 2. 
  • Click submit
  • Fill out the fields for name, email address, address and phone.  You do not need to fill in any other boxes.
  • Click the box at the bottom to verify the information is correct, then click sumbit.
  • Continue the form and registration as prompted.

Register and pay by phone:
Call Education on Demand during office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (806) 651-2037

Or pay with a check:
Send your name, address, phone
Historic Amarillo Walking Tour
WTAMU Education on Demand
WTAMU Box 60185
Canyon, Texas 79016