Brooks to host Wilkes-Barre Architectural Tour on May 28

Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society Director Tony Brooks will host the annual Spring Architectural Walking Tour of Downtown Wilkes-Barre at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28 from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 South Franklin St.

The tour will explore three centuries of Wilkes-Barre architecture over one square mile. From simple Yankee Colonial homes to magnificent Golden Age mansions, from Gothic Revival churches to streamlined modernism, Wilkes-Barre has it all. Attendees will learn how you can become an urban anthropologist through architecture and hear the stories of French royalty, a world famous artist, and marvel at how a little girl spread the gospel of good manners and social graces around the world. Wilkes-Barre is not only home to the anthracite coal that fueled the Industrial Revolution, but is also the birthplace of Planters Peanuts and the Home Box Office. This architectural walking tour will leave you wanting more.

The cost is $10 per person and children will be admitted free. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of the 1793 Zebulon Butler House, the oldest home in Wilkes-Barre. Participants are requested to wear comfortable shoes. The visit lasts about two hours.

Reservations can be made by calling or texting 570-793-3631. Free parking is available next to the church. For more information visit