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Architreks, a volunteer program of the Architectural Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Preservation Association, is leading a guided walking tour of the West End's Betts Longworth Historic District. This narrow street of Italianate homes, 19th century farmhouses and early 20th century structures was once a quiet refuge from the bustle of the city for Cincinnati's early leaders in retail, consumer goods and emerging industries — a suburb before suburbs.
In fact, the 1804 Betts House, home of brick-maker William Betts, is the oldest residential structure in downtown Cincinnati and the oldest brick house still on its original site in Ohio.
Learn more about the lush history of the street on an entertaining and informative 90-minute trek as Architreks regales you with stories of the homes and businesses of former residents and Cincinnati magnates.
1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. Private tours available for groups of 12 or more. $10 per person for the tour, which includes entrance to the Betts House museum. Tours leave from the Betts House, 416 Clark St., West End, cincinnati-walks.org .
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