On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Quincy Preserves will once again be holding its popular Spring Architectural Tour from 1 to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Quincy Preserves will once again be holding its popular Spring Architectural Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. This special event, in conjunction with Quincy’s Dogwood Festival, allows the community to see inside fascinating historical structures that are important to Quincy. This year’s tour moves tour goers through many decades of Quincy architecture and features many different types of historically significant properties. Homes and buildings on the tour are located at 128 N 5th Street, 1850 Jersey, 1310 Washington, 2328 Hawthorne Hill and John Wood Mansion.

A highlight structure on the tour this Spring is the former Emerson School, known now as Emerson Garden Apartments at 1310 Washington. Tour goers will be able to see how the former school has been transformed and re-used for family living as well as take a walk down memory lane as they see the old gymnasium and original terrazzo floors.

Quincy’s prized John Wood Mansion will also be spotlighted during this tour. The Mansion, built by the Quincy’s founder during 1835-1837, will show off its beautiful Greek Revival grandeur and remind the community of the beauty in successful historic preservation. Historians and architects consider it to be one of the Midwest’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. The house was originally located on the north side of State Street and was moved to its present site in 1864.

Tour goers will have the unique opportunity to visit the interior of a historic downtown apartment building right off of Jail Alley at 128 N 5th Street, the backside of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center.

The J. Henry and Flora Bastert house at 1850 Jersey is an amazing and interesting home with its exterior built of native gray limestone.

Moving into a mid-century modern architectural highlight of Quincy, the James/Mallory house at 2328 Hawthorne Hill Road West is a treasure.

For those interested in purchasing discounted advance tickets for the tour, visit our ticket outlets at Arts Quincy office, both Kirlins Hallmark locations, Adam Florist, Emerald City Jewelers, History Museum and in Hannibal at Dempsey & Dempsey law offices or purchase online at www.quincypreserves.org. Proceeds from the tour benefit Quincy Preserves Scholarship Program and the Façade Program of Quincy Preserves.

Those attending the tour can visit the homes/buildings in any order. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb and descend stairs.

About Quincy Preserves

The mission of Quincy Preserves, Inc. is to foster awareness of and to promote appreciation of the historic architecture of Quincy, Illinois and Adams County and to encourage active membership involvement in recognizing, protecting, maintaining, and displaying the structures.