The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 4, 2014

Walking tour, photo events to mark final festival weekend


Wrapping up the final weekend of the 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, Palestine's Main Street program will feature two events this Saturday: a historic walking tour through downtown Palestine and an Instagram photo walk, respectively.




The City of Palestine's historic preservation officer, Jacob Morris, will lead participants on the walking tour, which will involve an interactive discussion of architectural styles and details in the city's historic district.

The tour will start at noon Saturday at City Hall, located at 504 N. Queen St., and will carry on until about 2 p.m.

“What we're going to do, it's going to be a pretty informal walk – we're going to focus on the architecture and the historical trends that you can see in the architecture,” Morris said. “Oftentimes, one building will have several stories it can tell based on (the fact) it might be a 19th century building with an early 20th century storefront – depending on the period of time it was constructed – plus any changes that were done to it over time. They reflect the history of the times.”

Morris, who has a master's degree in historic preservation from Ball State University and is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M College of Architecture, said the tour would be “more than just a strict history tour.”

“We're going to look at conditions of the buildings and how some of the building materials and methods they used required a bit of a different treatment in maintaining.”

For instance, topics to be explored could include why the window has a certain number of panes in it, why storefronts have a lot of glass, why a certain type of brick was used, and more.

“A lot of what I'll talk about is the building types, the different time periods of buildings, some of the street features and the infrastructure that is in between the buildings,” Morris added, as well as “whatever the tour group is interested in.”

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