Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia event schedule

Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia event schedule

Update: The SSUS is SOLD OUT!

Here is your Urban Explore Guide to Philly

This is a map of all things for the weekend. Food, drink, tours, Huzzah! 


The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance and the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists are excited to host the Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia (Not Rusty, just gritty). A pre-event benefit will be held Thursday, October 3. The Takeover is October 4 – 6.

Registration is now live! Book your top tours before they fill up.

Full event details are below.

Fitler Square. Photo by @Yeseniaperezcruz

Thursday, October 3

Special Early Arrival event: 6th Annual In with the Old Benefit Party

Friday, October 4

2 – 4 p.m. (option 1) | East Falls Informal Walking Tour

Join YFPA Steering Committee member and self-proclaimed East Falls transient Kevin King for an informative walking tour of East Falls, in Northwest Philadelphia. Previously known as Falls of Schuylkill [SKOO-kil] and named for the river on which it fronts, this thriving, walkable community has transformed from a haven for industry in the 19th and 20th centuries to a college town and a foodie destination today. We’ll meet at the East Falls train station (served by SEPTA on the Manayunk/Norristown line from all Center City Stations) at 2pm. Wear your walking shoes, as we’ll be traversing a roughly 3-mile loop covering several preservation and adaptive reuse sites varying from an 1802 mansion and grounds to the family home of Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, and more! Looking forward to seeing you there.

3 – 5 p.m. (option 2) | Cedar Park/University City Walking Tour

Philadelphia’s electric trolleys, introduced in in 1892, rapidly transformed the then-rural territory west of the Schuykill River into an idyllic suburb. Perhaps unknowngly, West Philadelphia’s builders worked at the high-water marks of both Philadelphia’s industrial growth and the popularity of Victorian architectural styles. Their legacy is a ring of solidly-built, sycamore-shaded urban neighborhoods. Curiously, many of West Philadelphia’s trolleys were spared from the post-WWII dismantling of similar networks around the country. The six legacy trolley lines serving this area comprise one of the most extensive networks remaining of its type, and allow the section to operate as one of America’s last true “streetcar suburbs”. On Friday night, YFPA Steering Committee member Ben Davis will lead a casual walking tour discussing intersections between the historical and contemporary use of his corner of West Philadelphia, Cedar Park.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (option 2.5) | Philadelphia Neon Museum

Stop by the Firestone Building at 32nd and Market Streets, to view an exhibit of historic neon signs on loan to Drexel University from the Neon Museum. Len Davidson, founder of the museum, will be on hand to discuss the collection and the story it tells about Philadelphia’s commercial history.

3 – 5 p.m. (option 3) |Informal Rittenhouse/Fitler Walking Tour

Join us for a tour of the tiny streets and gilded age homes in the Rittenhouse-Fitler neighborhood. Walking along the quiet streets, we will take in this residential area, and the contrast between the large mansions and the small houses that contribute to the neighborhood’s charm. Along the way, we will learn about the history of the neighborhood, and learn about the more recent transformation of the Schuylkill river industrial area to beloved park and trail.

3 – 5 p.m. (option 4) |Ardmore Walking Tour

Take a quick ride on the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line to Ardmore, a historic Main Line town fast becoming one of Philadelphia’s most notable “edge cities.” Easy access to transit, new mixed-use development, and a suddenly thriving downtown historic district are transforming this one-time factory town into a magnet for a new generation. Ardmore was once home to the Autocar Company, one of the first automobile manufacturers in the United States which also made trucks for World War II. The tour will include the locally-designated commercial historic district, where you will learn about how historic preservation is balanced with new development, and the surrounding residential neighborhoods that were built for factory workers and commuters alike. Also within walking distance are the Art Deco landmark buildings of Suburban Square, one of the earliest open-air shopping centers in the country.

6 – 9 p.m. | WELCOME PARTY!

Start off the Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia right with a social on the Delaware River! Come on down to Cherry Street Pier—located right under the Ben Franklin Bridge—and get to know your fellow Takeover participants over some drinks and light food. We’re so excited to fill you on the special ways we’ve planned share our city with you. Did we mention that there will be interactive performance art?

Cherry Street Pier. Photo by Kate Kelly.

Saturday, October 5

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | SS United States Tour (space is limited! Cost an additional $30)

Registrants will receive a follow-up email with a link to pay the additional cost. Payment goes directly to the SS United States Conservancy.

We invite you to join the SS United States Conservancy’s curatorial team on a special, limited-access tour of the SS United States to help contribute to the vibrant living history of America’s Flagship.

General public access to the SS United States is highly restricted. While limited vessel tours are offered as a Conservancy membership benefit at the Captain’s Quarters membership level and above, we are offering this special opportunity in support of the Rust Belt Takeover, to assist in our ongoing Legacy and oral history projects.

Tour participants are asked to make a donation to the Conservancy of $30 per person, with all funds supporting the Conservancy’s efforts to save America’s Flagship and honor the ship’s legacy. As a national 501(c)(3), all contributions to save America’s Flagship are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The tour is limited to 15 individuals.

Must be 18 years or older.

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (option 2) | North Broad

Travel up and down North Broad Street via foot and subway as we check out two preservation success stories: the 1908 Metropolitan Opera House and the 1894 Divine Lorraine Hotel, and tour two Art Deco gems that might yet join their ranks: the 1927 Uptown Theater and the 1933 Beury Building (popularly known for its multistory graffiti spelling out “Boner 4 Ever”). Along the way, we’ll trace the story of the city’s main north-south artery. Once a millionaire’s row and affluent commercial corridor, it is finally seeing significant reinvestment after decades of neglect. We’ll examine what this reinvestment and revitalization means for preservation of the built environment, and how it affects the communities along this changing corridor. Make sure to wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Inside tours will be in raw construction spaces and waivers will be required.

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (option 3) | Modern Sights and Railroad Tastes of Philadelphia

Join Preservation Alliance Executive Director Paul Steinke and Jefferson University Professor of Architecture Andrew Hart on a tour of two of Center City Philadelphia’s landmarks and adaptive-reuse success stories. Meeting at the northeast corner of 12th and Market (under the Hard Rock Cafe guitar) this tour will first stop at the historic train shed of Reading Terminal, then descend to the famed Reading Terminal Market to take in the sights sounds smells and flavors of Philadelphia. The tour will highlight a few local blue collar specialties–soft pretzels, Whoopie pies–amongst the ever developing symphony of flavors at the market. It’s recommended participants bring some money to sample.

After the terminal we will cross the street to the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS) Building to tour the grand entrance, banking hall and exectutive suite of the first International-style skyscraper and home to many Philadelphian’s first bank accounts. The tour will conclude on the top floor with a commanding one-of-a-kind view which fully showcases the development of the city from trading trails, to rails, to trolley car routes. Photography is permitted.


2:00 – 4:30 p.m. (option 1) |Fishtown Walking Tour

Come along with Fishtown resident Venise Whitaker as she explores how this riverside neighborhood developed and continues to change. Beginning at Penn Treaty Park, the traditional site of William Penn’s treaty of friendship with the Lenape, we will cross Delaware Avenue to visit the I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange Archaeology Center to learn about the material culture of Fishtown’s past which has been unearthed in archaeological excavations undertaken for Federal Highways Administration and PennDOT. The tour will then walk the streets that once housed Native Americans, colonists, ship builders, fishermen and industrial laborers. These same streets now face the increasing pressures of gentrification, leading to loss of the historic building stock and changes in the makeup of the neighborhood. Each street tells a tale of the past, present, and future. We’ll end at the True Hand Society, a tattoo studio located in a sensitively-adapted former church building—an example of how the neighborhood can change, while still respecting its heritage and built environment.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (option 2) | Mount Moriah Cemetery

Mount Moriah Cemetery, established 1855, lies on the edge of Southwest Philadelphia. Behind its iconic gatehouse lie the remains of more than 80,000 Philadelphians: veterans of every foreign and domestic conflict from our Revolution to the Korean War, and an expansive cross section of the industrial city’s population, from upper class merchants to Henry Jones, an African American who was initially denied burial in the cemetery. Mostly overgrown and forgotten by the 21st century until it was finally abandoned in 2011, the cemetery has recently undergone a restoration effort by the Friends of Mount Moriah. Join the organization’s vice president Bill Warwick for a tour of the Philadelphia side of the cemetery.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (option 3) | Rail Park/RDG Viaduct

In 2018, the first phase of the Rail Park—an abandoned railroad viaduct converted into a public space—opened to the general public. The tour will visit that completed section of the Rail Park and then continue through the former industrial area that has come to be known as the Eraserhood, tracing the still abandoned portion of the Reading Viaduct north to Spring Garden Street, with specific attention given to preservation success stories along the way. Not only will the history of the railroad and the development of the area be examined, but also the continuing impact this reinvestment and gentrification has had on the neighborhood and surrounding areas as brew pubs and condos replace warehouses and artists’ lofts.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (option 4) |Philadelphia’s Gayborhood Tour

Bob Skiba, Curator of the William Way LGBT Community Center and Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides president, will lead us on a walk examining how Center City’s mid-20th century “gay ghetto” became a 21st century inclusive and welcoming neighborhood. We’ll talk about the “Spruce Street Boys” and Philadelphia’s pivotal role in the 60s Homophile Movement. We’ll look for signs of the “Lurid Locust” Street of the 70s and the booming 80s club culture along Walnut and Chestnut Streets. Finally we’ll explore the hidden alleys and side streets of today’s Gayborhood looking for signs of bars, bookstores and queer urban spaces. Walk will end on Camac Street between Spruce and Locust streets. For more conversation, we can end with a drink at a Gayborhood watering hole, or return to William Way Center for a closer look at the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. & 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. (option 5) | Seventh Ward

At its founding in 1794, the Mother Bethel AME Church was one of the first African American churches in Philadelphia, and now the longest continuously-maintained AME congregation in the nation. Mother Bethel’s present building, which dates to 1890, is maintained as a living monument to Philadelphia’s earliest African American residents. Margaret Jerrido, archivist at Mother Bethel, will lead us on a tour of the sanctuary and church museum. Afterward we will be joined by her colleague and fellow congregant Crawford Wilson, who will take us on a tour of the surrounding neighborhood, the historic 7th Ward. The 7th Ward, most famously the subject of WEB Du Bois’ landmark sociological study “The Philadelphia Negro”, contains landmarks and institutions pertaining to both the distant and the recent past of Philadelphia’s African American community.

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | THE MAIN EVENT!

Everyone is invited to regroup after a day of tours for drinks and bites at Trestle Inn, Philly’s premier (well, honestly, only) go-go dive bar! Trestle Inn has been a go-to watering hole for over 100 years. Located alongside the Philadelphia Reading Terminal Railroad (now the Rail Park), this location famously hosted factory workers from the industrial Callowhill strip and journalists at the nearby Philadelphia Inquirer building. Since reopening in 2011 after a 2010 fire, the bar has reinvented its identity while retaining its historic purpose, demonstrating the range of resources that fall under the category of “Legacy Businesses.”

Please make sure to bring your ID if you’re over 21. Oh and want to keep the party going? A $5 cover charge gets you in to Trestle Inn’s Disco Dance Party at 10 p.m..

Photo by @Yeseniaperezcruz

Sunday, October 6

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (option 1) | Yoga on the Pier

Find your center with an all-levels morning yoga class held outside on Race Street Pier, a lynchpin of urban design along the historic Delaware River waterfront. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and James Corner Field Operations (the minds behind NYC’s High Line) re-envisioned the former multi-level shipping pier as public open space, promoting activation of the waterfront with a tiered design that evokes the former use. Since reopening in 2011, Race Street Pier has been a prime public recreation spot – and home to a beloved donation-based yoga series from April-November.

Come prepared with a yoga mat or towel, comfy clothes, and water. This class is public and free, but please consider a suggested donation of $5 (cash). Classes are cancelled by bad weather, so keep an eye out for updates from YFPA.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (option 2) | Papermaking at the Source

Travel out to Rittenhouse Town along Philadelphia’s scenic Lincoln Drive to make your own paper and tour the location of the first papermill in the British colonies. In 1687 papermaker William Rittenhouse followed other Quaker and Mennonite families emigrating to the newly formed neighborhood of Germantown. William partnered with Philadelphia’s first printer, purchased a 20-acre plot of land along Paper Mill Run (and, with the help of his son Nicholas, built the first paper mill. For the next 40 years, the Rittenhouse family were the only papermakers in America. Your paper will be ready to take home at the end of the event and can be used for place cards, baby announcements or thank you notes. Coffee and donuts will be provided, though outside food is also welcome.

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. (option 3) | Informal Walking Tour of Philadelphia’s Tiny Streets

Join us for an informal walking tour of Philadelphia’s tiny streets and landmarks between Washington and Rittenhouse Square. Starting in Washington Square, we will work our way west along some of the picturesque and quaint streets just south of Philadelphia’s commercial corridor. We will also learn about the history of these neighborhoods, and view both the historic and recent architectural landmarks along the Avenue of the Arts, Broad Street.


Rust Belt Takeover of Milwaukee! Itinerary of Events



Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) is excited to partner with The Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists to host the Rust Belt Takeover of Milwaukee, May 10th-12th. Highlights will include tours of the City Hall bell tower, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Soldiers Home, Frank Lloyd Wright System-Built Homes, and a party at Pabst. Click here to register! Full event descriptions below.

City Hall, Photo by Peter Zanghi
City Hall Source: Peter Zanghi

Friday, May 10

City Hall Tower (2 tours offered; Tour Group #1 at 4:00pm and Tour Group #2 at 5:00pm)

Climb the Milwaukee City Hall bell tower for fantastic views of the city. See the magnificent 8-story atrium, elaborate common council chambers, and the former bell ringer’s quarters along the way to the top. Waiver required, no high heels, no small children, approximately 200 ft climb. Locals, please do not sign up until the week before the event. Tours for locals can be arranged any time through the office of the Milwaukee City Clerk.

Pabst Brewery Complex Source: Visit Milwaukee

Welcome Party at Pabst! 6:30 pm – ????

Hop around the historic and iconic Pabst complex during the Rust Belt Takeover welcome event! Full hop around schedule to be published prior to event. Drop in as you please and meet your newest and best preservation friends.


Saturday, May 11

Domes by Alexandra Lange, IG langealexandra
Mitchell Park Domes Source: Alexandra Lange

Milwaukee Domes, 9:30am -10:30am

Learn more from the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance.  

Beloved icons of the city since they opened in the 1960’s, these midcentury marvels feature three distinct climates and rare plants from all over the world.  As the world’s only “conoidal” glass structures, their unique shape allows a better angle for solar heating and more height for tall trees. Currently under threat of demolition due to a significant backlog of deferred maintenance and a temporary closure in 2016, these structures were declared a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2017.  The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and the Trust are actively partnering to ensure that all three Domes are restored.


Soldiers Home

Soldiers Home, 11:00am- Noon

The tour will run about 45 minutes and will begin promptly at 11:00 in front of the Soldiers Home fountain, which is located across the street from Old Main, the tallest building on the campus.

Established in 1867 as a result of one of the last bills enacted by President Lincoln, the Northwest Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers is one of three original Soldiers Homes built to care for returning Civil War veterans and is the most intact.  The entire history of the VA can be observed by walking through the grounds and learning how veteran care evolved as times and needs changed. Declared a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012, the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance has partnered with the Trust ever since to ensure that the vacant buildings on the campus will be restored and put back into service of veterans.  This project was recently declared a success as work is beginning soon to restore six of the buildings and turn them into 101 units of housing for veterans and their families who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Enjoy an outdoor walking tour of this National Historic Landmark District, a tranquil village-like setting right in the middle of the city.

Learn more at

Photo Courtesy of Tim Askin

Stroll Mitchell Street, 2-4pm

Guided walking tour of Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street with Mitchell Street Executive Director Nancy Bush. Since its earliest days, Mitchell Street has been the economic heart of an immigrant neighborhood, once known as the “Polish Grand Avenue,” its business community now reflects current immigration patterns. Architecturally the district ranges from a grand Polish cathedral-style church (St. Stanislaus), Prussian commercial, through to the art deco and mid-century modern eras. It is a whirlwind tour of Wisconsin commercial and civic architecture.

Art Museum by frenchieyankee
Milwaukee Art Museum Source: frenchieyankee (instagram handle)

Downtown Walking Tour, 2-4pm 

Walking tour of Juneau town from the river to the Art Museum and Juneau Park. Highlights include City Hall, Mitchell Building, Mackie Building, and County War Memorial (by Saarinen).

Bike Through History, 2-4pm

Follow a local around the Hank Aaron State Trail! You’ll see some history, some art, and a whole lot of Milwaukee

Burnham via visit Milwaukee
One of the Burnham Block homes.

Burnham Block (2 groups: Group 1 at 2pm and Group 2 at 3pm)

Take a guided tour of and see both a beautifully restored and mid-restoration American System-Built, Home model B-1 designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


Preservation Party/ 4th Annual Beer Competition, 7:30-10:30pm

Are you ready to compete in the 4th Annual Rust Belt Beer Competition and chat about your Milwaukee adventures at this evening event? We are keeping the location mystery for a reason… sign up for this.. you won’t regret it.

Here is how the competition works:

-Bring your favorite local 6-pack or growler to the RBCoYP party!  Your 6-pack is your official entry into the competition, so if you need something to sip on before the competition starts… grab from the share table or bring extra brews.

-The competition begins promptly at 8:00 pm and winners will be announced at 9:00-ish.  Get ready to sample the Rust Belt.

-Enjoy a sample of each beer, cider, or soda brought to the competition. Once you have enjoyed tasting the flavors from around the Rust Belt, you will vote for best label and best taste. Simply put your raffle ticket in the empty cup next to the beer, and consider yourself a part of beer democracy.

Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry!  You can vote for best label!  And if you try to slip a craft soda into the competition, we won’t be mad.  We will be excited to sample one of your state’s delicious products.

All beverages will be available for consumption after competition winners are announced, so get ready for the best BYOB of your life.

*Taste testers will each get a sample of the beverage, not a full can.  Think of this like the biggest beer flight you have ever experienced.


Sunday Morning

Oriental 10am – Noon

Milwaukee’s most elaborate movie palace and the new permanent home of the Milwaukee Film Festival. Architecture is not traditionally “Oriental”, and is an homage to East Indian culture and architecture. Built by local architects Dick and Bauer for the local Saxe Brothers theater chain.



Rust Belt Takeover of Milwaukee: May 10-12


Does being a preservationist make you feel like a schlimazel? Come to Milwaukee and incorporate some hassenpfeffer into your diet!

  1. Yes, we have restaurants that serve hassenpfeffer. (Well, there’s at least one left)
  2. Friday fish fries are not just for Lent, they’re year-round
  3. Probably more defunct and standing macrobreweries than any other city in North America. We’ll probably hang out at a few of them.
  4. The world’s only Saarinen-Calatrava hybrid!
  5. Our National Historic Landmarks come in pairs. I promise four and we’ll probably make it six.
  6. Frank Lloyd Wright is the _least_ of our treasures, but we’ll get to him too.


#BeerSavesPlaces, Third Annual Beer Competition


We all have our favorite craft breweries and at the Rust Belt Takeover in Columbus on Saturday, April 28th, we are going to put them head-to-head.

Here is how it works….

-Bring your favorite local 6-pack or growler to the RBCoYP party!  Your 6-pack is your official entry into the competition, so if you need something to sip on before the competition starts… grab from the share table or bring extra brews.

-The competition begins promptly at 8:00 pm and winners will be announced at 9:00pm.  Get ready to sample the Rust Belt.

-Enjoy a sample of each beer, cider, or soda brought to the competition. Once you have enjoyed tasting the flavors from around the Rust Belt, you will vote for best label and best taste. Simply put your raffle ticket in the empty cup next to the beer, and consider yourself a part of beer democracy.

-We have something special up our sleeves for the beer winner! So bring your favorite drink and come ready to compete!

Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry!  You can vote for best label!  And if you try to slip a craft soda into the competition, we won’t be mad.  We will be excited to sample one of your state’s delicious products.

*Taste testers will each get a sample of the beverage, not a full can.  Think of this like the biggest beer flight you have ever experienced.

Rust Belt Takeover of Columbus: April 27-29

Photo Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Young Ohio Preservationists (YOPs) are hosting the Rust Belt Takeover of Columbus, April 27-29.  Advance Registration Required, sign up here! Tour registration is on a first come basis; we will offer a waitlist if a tour reaches capacity. 

Thanks to support from the Create Columbus Commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, MKSK, and Columbus Landmarks, all activities are free! 

Want to support the Young Ohio Preservationists and their efforts to promote preservation? Donate here! 

Friday Night, 6:30pm – ‘Til We Drop


Launch Party Hosted by Columbus Landmarks @ Two Dollar Radio Headquarters

You’ll find a hearty welcome upon your arrival to Columbus at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters! Two Dollar Radio is a local book publisher that sells indie titles and also has a killer vegan food & drink menu. Reunite with friends, meet new buddies, and learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Columbus’ urban history. We’ll have pecha kucha style mini-presentations on what launched the preservation movement in Columbus: highway segregation, LGBTQIA history, and our neighborhoods. There will be a special treat for registrants courtesy of Columbus Landmarks. (Capacity: 100)

After Party @ The Highball Tavern

Leave Two Dollar Radio Headquarters at 9:00pm, and venture a couple blocks north on Parsons Avenue to The Highball Tavern! You will love the drinks and ambience at this local gay bar.

Saturday Morning, 10 am- Noon

Breakfast: On Your Own

Make sure to eat before our action-packed Saturday! We will be posting food recommendations closer to the event.

Postcard image of Fort Hayes in the early 1900s. Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Tour of Fort Hayes, 10-noon

Fort Hayes, a National Register of Historic Places designated site, tells the story of early Columbus and racial segregation in the military, and highlights a unique partnership between arts and history. Split into small groups to explore Fort Hayes and learn the history of the site and its evolution to a public arts school. Tour highlights include visiting the award-winning Franklin County Veterans memorial poppy field, the Shot Tower art gallery (exterior due to gallery installation), and seeing which buildings are left to renovate! (Capacity: 100)

Lunch: On Your Own

Grab a bite to eat before your afternoon tour! We are full of recommendations for you depending on which tour you sign up for.

Saturday Afternoon Breakout Tours, 2:00pm-4:00pm*

*asterisk indicates which tours are longer than 2-hours.


Green Book Bike Tour; Sponsored by the Create Columbus Commission

Referred to as “the bible of black travel during Jim Crow,” the Negro Motorist Green Book was an annual guidebook that listed black-friendly businesses like restaurants, hotels, and bars where black travelers could feel safe visiting. This bike tour will lead you through various Columbus stops as listed in the Green Book and give you insight on the history of civil rights & the city. Tour will be led by Rory Krupp of Owen & Eastlake; Owen & Eastlake is in the process of researching the African American Civil Rights sites in Ohio for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office .BYOB (bring your own bike) or request a free bike pass to rent one! (Capacity: 15)

All brick everything in German Village. Source: Matthew Dickey

Wo ist mein handy? A photo tour of German Village.

Join Matthew (an instagram-and history- obsessed photographer from Boston) and Sarah  (a preservationist, local historian, and the coolest cat around) as we zag and zig around the picturesque German Village, a 233 acre historic district in south side Columbus. Our tour will include the quaintest corner of Ohio, ample red brick, seedy history, and extremely Instagrammable corners. We’ll stride and hop through German Village, Schumacher Place, and Parsons. We will tip back some suds in the beautiful Two Dollar Radio HQ, a Columbus-based indie publishing company. There might even be an historic car or two. #Itwillbeawesome! (Capacity: 30, split into 2 groups)

Jimmy Rea is how many people fondly refer to Fire Engine House #6. Source: Robert Tobin

Finding a Future for Franklinton’s Fire Engine House #6

Let’s take a deeper dive into some preservation tools. We will be exploring and learning from the Fire Engine House #6 in Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood. Workshop participants will have an exclusive tour of a former firehouse turned electronics shop prior to redevelopment. Touring the building with Heritage Ohio, you’ll have the opportunity to learn their vision for the space and their hope for ensuring the structure stands another 100 years. Following the tour, your group will deep dive into historic tax credits. The conversation will discuss the ins and outs of tax credits from development to the State Historic Preservation Office review process. This workshop will give you a greater understanding of the financial incentives available to restore a historic structure! (Capacity: 15)


Urban Rangers Hike*

This hike will bring participants through various places in the core neighborhoods of Columbus. This is an immersive experience where we will be examining connectivity between neighborhoods, public space, and our relationship to urban form. We promote conversations along the way about preservation, pedestrianism, development, etc. We may stray a little off course if an opportunity arises. We’ll be stopping approximately mid way through at a local watering hole for a rest and refreshment. Be Prepared: We suggest wearing sturdy, broken in shoes, appropriate outerwear, and for participants to bring water – we want everyone to feel good! Notes: This hike is not a historic tour developed from our research. Instead, it’s part of an ongoing project that examines cities through a pedestrian lens.

About: Urban rangers brings people together to explore the urban environment. We promote a curiosity for ecology of cities and urban form though guided community hikes and other events. Your guide Derek is the VP of Cincinnati Preservation Collective and works as a freelance creative contributing to organizations and immersive events that help folks discover more about places and relate to the communities they live. For more on Urban Rangers visit their website. Tour will be from 2:00-5:30pm. (Capacity: 20)

You’ll have the opportunity to learn how photographer Stephen Takacs utilizes traditional technology for contemporary images. Source: Stephen Takacs

Art Spaces in Old Places*

Artists often lead the way with neighborhood resurgence and we will visit two artists work spaces (400 W. Rich and Blockfort) and one artist living space (Milo Grogan High School) that are doing just that. We will get a tour of each space and hear about how and why they ended up in their location and what their plans are for the future. This will include visiting a couple of artist studios, viewing a current art show up in one of the spaces, and touring an artist residence. You will love learning how Stephen Takacs is using the traditional tintype techniques for contemporary photography! This tour will involve carpooling to the three locations and last 2.5-3hours. (Capacity: 15)

One of the many buildings you’ll stroll by on our downtown Columbus walking tour! Source: Robert Tobin

Cap Square, the heart of Ohio and its Capital City*

Cap Square will include not only the historic square, but the host of fascinating structures in the immediate neighborhood which is the true core of Ohio’s Capital. The walking tour will begin at the historic Supreme Court of Ohio at the intersection of Front and State Streets, and weave through downtown. Highlights of the tour will include the following structures and points of interest: the Supreme Court of Ohio, The Lazarus Building (once housing Columbus’ legendary department store), the Ohio Theatre; Historic Trinity Church; the Columbus riverfront and the 1930s governmental complex which includes the police headquarters, the old post office (now federal court house) and Columbus City Hall, the exact center of the city, and more…! Don’t worry, we will be stepping inside a few buildings along the route! Check tour guide Robert Tobin’s instagram and get excited! Tour will be from 2:00-4:30ishpm (Capacity: 20)

Saturday Evening, 7:30pm – ‘Til We Drop

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No better place to drink than an old fraternal hall! Source: German Village Society

Prost to Preservation: 3rd Annual #BeerSavesPlaces Competition; Sponsored by MKSK and the Create Columbus Commission

Join your fellow preservationists and Prost! for preservation at the German Village Meeting Haus! The German Village Meeting Haus was built in 1923 for the Moose Lodge fraternal organization. Bring your own 6-pack to enter the third annual Rust Belt beer competition (full rules here), screenprint a Columbus-centric koozie with Alison Rose, and enjoy local grub from Pierogi Mountain (Guy Fieri approvedguyfieri)! Beer competition winners announced at 9:00pm. (Capacity: 200)

Image of the Brewery District in 1900, published in The Story of Columbus. Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

After Party: Brewery District Bar Crawl

Leave the German Village Meeting Haus at 10:30pm and enjoy a bar crawl through the locally designated Brewery District. You’ll enjoy strolling the streets like the German brewers in the 1800s!


Sunday Morning, 10am-Noon

Example of a heart bomb created by the Young Ohio Preservationists during their 2016 Igloo Letterpress Workshop

Craftivism: Advocacy and Letterpress Workshop; Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn letterpress and refine your advocacy techniques at Igloo Letterpress in historic downtown Worthington! This 2-hour advocacy workshop will begin with a letterpress workshop, where you will have the opportunity to create preservation-themed postcards. After printing your postcards, we will learn advocacy techniques from Diana Tisue, Marketing Campaigns Project Manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We will conclude the workshop with all participants writing a postcard to a legislator to promote a historic preservation effort they are passionate about. Postage, pastries from Angry Baker, and coffee will be provided. (Capacity: 40)

The Ohio History Center  opened in 1970. Source:

Ohio History Center

Self explore at the Ohio History Center! This Brutalist building is home to an incredible Lustron exhibition, a new public housing exhibition, and much more! Complimentary admission to registrants, thanks to support from the Ohio History Connection. Registrants must pick up tickets from event organizers on Friday or Saturday. (Capacity: 30)

Sunday Afternoon, Noon – 1pm

Downtown Worthington Walking Tour

Enjoy strolling through downtown with the Worthington Historical Society. Established in the early 1800s, visiting Worthington is like stepping back in time. We look forward to finding out the hidden histories of the buildings downtown! (Capacity: 30)

A sleek midcentury sign. Source: Sarah Marsom

Photo Walk of Rush Creek Village

Go on a stroll through one of the most unique mid century neighborhoods in central Ohio. Homes in Rush Creek Village were built in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Homes. Theodore van Fossen planned the entire community, selecting house sites and designing the homes. This is private residential area, so please keep your exploration to the road/sidewalks. (Capacity: 40)

We would like to thank the German Village Society, Ohio History Connection, Two Dollar Radio, Columbus City Schools, Ohio V. The World podcast, Igloo Letterpress, Owen & Eastlake LtdWorthington Historical Society, and Heritage Ohio for their in-kind support.










Meet the Winners: Tiny Jane Scholarship

Even after Jane Jacobs’ death, she continues to have an impact on how individuals view the built environment and its impact on communities. The Tiny Jane Project pays respect to her life’s work and presents a fun way to spread preservation/planning awareness. Sixty Tiny Jane dolls were sewn by project founder Sarah Marsom with the assistance of Young Ohio Preservationist board members and sold with 100% of profits being donated to the first Tiny Jane Scholarship.

Representatives from RBCoYP organizations reviewed dozens of scholarship applications and selected five emerging professionals to receive a $200 stipend to assist with registration for PastForward, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference.



Who you are: Jim Gonzalez; Preservation Intern at Toledo Revival. BFA in Fashion Photography from the Academy of Art University. Previously spent two years as the Social Media Coordinator, and served on the Preservation Grants Committee of the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco. 2016 Alum of the Victorian Society in America’s Newport Summer School.

Where you live: Toledo, Ohio as of August 2017. Previously, the San Francisco Bay Area.

Your favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: Though I haven’t visited DC yet, my favorite building is the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It’s the structure that first introduced me to my favorite architectural style: Second Empire.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: “Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: It’s a simple answer, but: learning.
Where we can find you on social media: @thecardiganking on Instagram



Who you are: Amelia Decoster; I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013; and began the Masters of Fine Arts Historic Preservation program in 2014 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. I am currently finishing my thesis. In October, I will be presenting my thesis as a Student Scholar at the Association for Preservation Technology Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.
Where you live: St. Paul, Minnesota
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: I am really interested in opera houses — all kinds! American, European, grand, humble, etc.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or storyWhile you are looking, you might as well also listen, linger and think about what you see.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I look forward to meeting the other young and emerging professionals; I am excited to hear what they are doing and how they are contributing to preservation.
Where we can find you on social media: LinkedIn


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Who are you: Jacqueline Drayer; I am the Outreach and Grants Manager at the DC Preservation League. My work includes just about anything related to preservation advocacy and education, and I have a background in architectural research. I love adaptive use, photographing cities, and eating ramen.
Where you live: I live in Washington, DC. It is a wonderful city for historic preservation because of strong preservation laws and 250 years worth of diverse architecture. Washington is more than the Capitol and neoclassical buildings!
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: A few of my favorite structures are St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, River Park Mutual Homes in Washington, and the Moses Bridge in Halsteren, the Netherlands.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: My favorite Jane Jacobs photo is this one. The era of protesting preservation issues peaked before my time, so it’s hard not to romanticize it. Her poster is also a perfect universal sentiment.
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I look forward to learning about how others are encouraging new swaths of their communities to join preservation efforts in creative ways.
Where we can find you on social media: My personal Instagram is @jackie.bird and I manage DCPL’s account: @DCPresLeague.



Who you are: Kyle Anthony-Petter; I will be a senior at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Historic Preservation, with a minor in history and architectural design. I grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: My favorite historic landscape is Faust Estate in Saint Louis, which shows early 20th century domestic architecture of agriculture structures.  The structures were built by many prominent architects from the Saint Louis area. I enjoy the landscape surrounding the buildings which forms and unifies the structures with their surroundings.

Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: “Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design.”

What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: What I am looking forward to the most about this conference is meeting others from all over the country.  It will be great to learn more about historic preservation from different people’s perspectives.  I am excited about first PastForward conference.

Where we can find you on social media: I can be found on Instagram @historic_prez and on facebook at Kyle Petter.




Who you are: Tim Wood; I’m a MS student in Historic Preservation with a focus on cultural resource management at the University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon.

Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: My favorite historic/cultural landscape is the Columbia River Gorge with its many hiking trails, waterfalls, and scenic views.

Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: One of my favorite Jane Jacobs’ quotes is “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I am very excited to attend the PastForward to meet with fellow preservationists and discuss how the field of historic preservation is evolving and what we see on the horizon.

Where we can find you on social media: LinkedIn

Information regarding 2018 scholarship applications will be announced January 2018. For more information visit! We would also like to thank Heritage Ohio for being the fiduciary of this passion project.


Craft Beer Competition: #beersavesplaces


We all have our favorite craft breweries and at the Rust Belt Takeover in St. Louis on Saturday, May 20, we are going to put them head-to-head.

Here is how it works….

-Bring your favorite local 6-pack or growler to the RBCoYP party!  Your 6-pack is your official entry into the competition, so if you need something to sip on before the competition starts… grab from the share table or bring extra brews.

-The competition begins promptly at 8pm.  Get ready to sample the Rust Belt.

-Enjoy a sample of each beer, cider, or soda brought to the competition. Once you have enjoyed tasting the flavors from around the Rust Belt, you will vote for best label and best taste. Simply put your raffle ticket in the empty cup next to the beer, and consider yourself a part of beer democracy.

-We have something special up our sleeves for the beer winner! So bring your favorite drink and come ready to compete!

Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry!  You can vote for best label!  And if you try to slip a craft soda into the competition, we won’t be mad.  We will be excited to sample one of your state’s delicious products.

*Taste testers will each get a sample of the beverage, not a full can.  Think of this like the biggest beer flight you have ever experienced.

DMS (Downtown Main Street) seeking TLC

Rochester has countless historical gems, from the tree-lined streets of the East Avenue Preservation District and its gracious Edwardian mansions to the hip High Falls Neighborhood that used to house the water-powered industry of Rochester’s Erie Canal trade.  Our downtown main street, though, could use some…a lot…of TLC.  Once home to offices, department stores, and the first urban indoor mall in the United States (how could that go wrong?), Main Street, and particularly East Main Street, is a series of a handful of successful businesses and hopefully successful revitalization projects, neighbored by vacant properties and discount stores.

East Main today
East Main Street today

In an effort to draw attention to the few remaining historical structures left untouched by revitalization along the downtown thoroughfare, the YUPs are planning an advocacy event for early August.  Our event will feature a DJ, local beer, a downtown coloring contest, and a slide show featuring historical photos of East Main Street juxtaposed against other successful main street revitalization projects that featured historic preservation (we’re looking at you, Lynchburg, Virginia and Ferndale, Michigan!)  The slideshow will be projected onto the side of the former Neisner Brothers Department Store, a location that was part of a failed demolition effort to build the new  $230 million “Renaissance Center” that was to contain a performing arts center, an urban campus for our local community college, and a central bus terminal.  This site and a few other buildings once marked for demolition are in the very preliminary stages of rehabilitation projects.

In tandem with the YUPs East Main Street event, the Landmark Society is also hard at work pulling together an application for listing this block and several other adjacent buildings on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

#loveyourHD : Wright-Dunbar Neighborhood

By: Carolyn Thurman, Young Ohio Preservationists

The YOP is passionate about preserving and celebrating Ohio’s history. Each month, the YOP blog will shine a spotlight on one of Ohio’s many great, historic neighborhoods.

These places matter!

First up: The Wright-Dunbar neighborhood in west Dayton.

From the National Parks Service:

“Best known as the home of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Orville and Wilbur Wright, the Wright-Dunbar Village developed as a Dayton streetcar suburb in the half century following the civil war, and it was annexed to the city of Dayton in 1869. The area includes a residential neighborhood and the Wright Dunbar Business Village, also known as the West Third Street Historic District.

In the late 1890’s, Wright-Dunbar became home to a diverse urban population, including Hungarians, Romanians and Eastern Europeans of the West Side Colony. These workers came to work in Dayton factories and formed a tight community with a host of businesses, churches, and social organizations to meet their needs. Connected to the city by five streetcar lines, it attracted increasing numbers of middle class residents who left the old city center to reside in the new western suburb.

In the years following World War I, the area emerged as the cultural and commercial center of Dayton’s African-American community. African American-owned businesses, such as the Palace Theater, built a strong African-American community. The population shifted in this area in the years after the war and there was a widespread movement of African Americans from the South to the “Industrial North”. Housing segregation also brought many African-American residents to West Dayton.

The destruction of residences and businesses resulting from the construction of Interstate 75 in the early 1960’s and later by U.S. Route 35 had a devastating effect on many neighborhoods but most notably on the West Dayton commercial districts. The face and character of the area changed even more drastically on September 1, 1966, when racial disturbances broke out in the commercial district. This single event further contributed to a pattern of disinvestment in the neighborhood.

Although a large portion of the area was lost in the 1950’s and 1960’s to interstate construction, urban renewal, and civil unrest, the remaining structures in Wright-Dunbar Village are experiencing a period of revitalization.  Innovative housing strategies by the city of Dayton, combined with Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the work of Wright-Dunbar, Inc. have assisted in creating a viable urban neighborhood and a resource for Dayton history.

You can learn more about Wright- Dunbar here:

And if you find yourself in the area be sure to check out the Paul Lawrence Dunbar house:

Brews on Tues: West Virginia

By Stephanie WrightWheeling Young Preservationists

I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t originally intended to use my first submission to Brews on Tues to debunk the whole “West Virginia moonshine” stereotype. Oh yes, we have champion breweries and wineries scattered throughout our hillsides and I can’t wait to tell you about them, but if I were to be honest, truly honest… there is nothing I can think of that better represents the proud heritage of Appalachian libations or long lineage of traditions passed down through generations of hard-working, independent people than the hand crafted spirits created from the grains of our rich earth and mountain springs.

Today I will share three West Virginia distilleries that are crafting artisan spirits the old fashioned way, the way we’ve been doing it in Appalachia since before the Revolutionary war!

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Pinchgut Hollow Distillery is a family-owned and operated Americana craft distillery located in Fairmont, WV. The dedicated folks at Pinchgut Hollow have painstakingly restored recipes that have been handed down through generations for over 200 years to create an earthy, honest and authentic whiskey. They also offer an extensive line of novelty and moonshine-style whiskeys in a wide variety of flavors all made from local ingredients, including rhubarb, ramps and are the only buckwheat whiskey producer in the country. They have something for all taste palettes, guaranteed to give you an authentic taste of Appalachia.

Bloomery SweetShine  Plantation Distillery sits on a 12-acre parcel in Charles Town, WV, with an restored 1840s log cabin steeped in history.
This charming mini-distillery produces artisan cordials by hand from

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the farm’s own lemons and raspberries. Yes, lemons in WV! These guys make a limoncello that hands-down rivals any Italian limoncello. In fact, they have over 20 international awards under their belt. But they’re not just about limoncello.

Bloomery Plantation Distillery is the first commercial growers of lemons in the Mid-Atlantic. Along with 40 Italian Santa Theresa Lemon Trees, the Distillery harvests 300 pounds of Hawaiian Ginger and has 2000 Caroline Raspberry plants. Pumpkins, black walnuts and peaches are also purchased from small family farms to create award-winning liqueurs.




At Smooth Ambler, everything is done the old-fashioned way, from grinding their own carefully selected regional grains to labeling and signing each bottle.

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This grain-to-glass craft distillery is bringing spirits alive by pulling the best ingredients from the region with real mountain water and hand selected grain. If you’re ever passing through Greenbrier County, I recommend stopping for a tour and tasting of their hight-quality bourbon, gin and vodka. Every ounce of alcohol that leaves this distillery is hand-crafted and certain to be of the highest quality available.

That wraps up this week’s Brews on Tues! Next time you hear from this Wheeling Young Preservationists it will be to tell you all about whats on tap in Wheeling’s very own micro brewpub (we’re a small town y’all, this is a BIG deal) and some of the awesome local collaborations that are taking place there. For a sneak peek at what I’ll be talking about check out the Wheeling Brewing Company -Cheers!