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Discover downtown Toledo with walking tours

Explore downtown Toledo this summer with free, guided lunchtime tours starting Thursday, July 11.

The walking tours will be held every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. through Aug. 29. Some of the tours include the Adams Street uptown neighborhood and the Oliver House, Toledo’s oldest commercial building.

“The walking tours give us all a chance to take a closer look at what makes our city beautiful and unique,” said Sue Wuest, assistant director of the UT Urban Affairs Center. “New to this year’s tour is the uptown Adams Street tour and what makes the area so hip, which I think people will enjoy.”

Tours will take place rain or shine and are sponsored by UT Urban Affairs Center and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

The tour schedule is:

July 11 — Wright Harvey House, one of Toledo’s finest examples of early 1880s architecture. Meet at 1822 Cherry St. Park next to house on the east side of the building.

July 18 — Casey Pomeroy House. See what comes after an extreme makeover. Meet at 802 Huron St.

July 25 — Revealing a Panther: Owens Corning World Headquarters. Meet at main entrance and park in main parking lot. Reservations are required and the tour is limited to 30 people. RSVP by Tuesday, July 23, to or 419.259.5233.

Aug. 1 — Discover the Oliver House, the oldest commercial building in Toledo. Meet at 27 Broadway St. in the parking lot near the entrance to the Maumee Bay Brewing Co.

Aug. 8 — Scott High School at 100. Come and see how great the building looks after its renovation. Meet and park in the school parking lot at the back of the building.

Aug. 15 — The Blade Building, home to one of Toledo’s longest running businesses. Meet at main entrance, 541 N. Superior St.

Aug. 22 — Unmasking the Warehouse District: St. Clair “Hipster” Village. Meet at Downtown Latte, 44 S. St. Clair St.

Aug. 29 — Uptown Adams Street … not Downtown Adams Street. What makes uptown hip? Meet at 17th Street and Adams Street.

“I hope the tours help people gain an appreciation for the history of the city and the variety of buildings that we have,” said Irene Martin, a preservationist at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. “Toledoans should see a structure’s possibilities and not tear down every old building. Many can be saved and renovated.”

For more information on the Discover Downtown Walking Tours, contact Martin at 419.259.5233 or

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