Heritage Foundation to hold Oswego Downtown Living Tour

On the tour – Pictured is the newly renovated Stevedore Lofts building which will be one of the buildings on the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s Oswego Downtown Living Tour. The tour is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 in the City of Oswego.

The 40th annual House Tour event sponsored by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 in the City of Oswego.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the house tour, Heritage Foundation is introducing the Oswego Downtown Living Tour. It features six historic mixed-use commercial/residential properties and one contemporary waterfront mixed use property.  The purpose of the downtown living tour is to highlight and promote the many mixed-use redevelopment projects that are currently underway in downtown Oswego.

Heritage Foundation’s annual house tour fund-raiser has featured hundreds of public and private historic properties throughout Oswego County for more than three decades.

Tickets may be purchased at River’s End Bookstore, Lakeside Artisans Cooperative, and the Oswego Tea Company. All proceeds from the event will promote historic preservation projects in the county.

“Over the years, the tour has showcased historic preservation in action,” said Austin Wheelock, board president for the Heritage Foundation. “This event offers the community an opportunity to view in person the wonderful redevelopment happening as we speak in Oswego’s downtown and along the waterfront.” He also added, “It’s wonderful to see a renaissance in downtown redevelopment in our cities and towns. It brings an energy and excitement back to our Main Streets”.

Advancing the downtown theme, this year’s tour will also feature many of the downtown restaurants and shops that make downtown living convenient and appealing.

House Tour participants can use their admission ticket as a discount coupon at participating downtown businesses Sept. 30. There will also be a drawing for a gift basket including many products from the downtown Oswego businesses.

Among the properties included on the tour is the Stevedore Lofts project, a redevelopment of a former brick industrial warehouse into 49 historic loft apartments as well as Class A office space.

Those seeking more information about the tour may call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354.

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