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Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Waterbury
June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm$20 – $25
Join The MATT for guided walking tours of Downtown Waterbury’s Historic District. Tours will be led by Edward J. Halligan, architectural historian and preservationist who has a special interest and expertise in the architectural and urban developmental history of American cities. Each will include a special look inside some of Downtown’s most distinguished architectural landmarks; some not normally accessible to the general public, and will conclude with a reception at the historic Drescher’s Restaurant on Leavenworth Street. The reception will include a complimentary glass of wine and shared appetizers as the conversation about the architecture and history of Downtown Waterbury continues. Extensive tour notes will be provided and tours will proceed rain or shine. Participants are invited to park in the large lot on Park Place behind the YMCA.
Commercial Architecture of Downtown
Starting outside the Post Office (135 Grand Street), this tour will highlight the richness and diversity of architectural styles present in the commercial core which span the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries. The tour will start with a detailed look at the north side of Grand Street then proceed down Bank Street, past the newly renovated former Howland-Hughes department store to the Apothecaries’ Building at Exchange Place and then down South Main Street and back on Grand to Leavenworth Street.
The Mattatuck Museum received support for this project from the State Historic Preservation Office with funds from the Community Investment Account of the State of Connecticut.