Walking Tour of Frank Packard Buildings in Athens

Date(s) - March 19, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Tour the Midwest’s largest concentration of Packard buildings

Frank Packard was one of the Midwest’s most important architects of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and several of his buildings still stand in Athens, Ohio. Get to know Athens’ collection of Packard buildings during this guided tour, led by Barbara Powers of the State Historic Preservation Office and leading expert of Frank Packard’s work.

The tour will focus on the largest concentration of Packard buildings in the Midwest. Nine existing structures will be included on the tour with additional information provided about several Packard structures lost to demolition. Ms. Powers will discuss Packard’s life and practice as well the elements that defined his work: Georgian Revival, Second Renaissance Revival, and the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Meeting Time and Location

Meet in the vestibule of the Presbyterian Church, 2 South Court St, Athens, Ohio. Metered parking is available in the Athens City Garage, 7 E. Washington Street.

The tour will take place on city sidewalks. All stops on the tour are accessible. The terrain is largely flat although some surfaces may be uneven.

Reservation Information

Space is limited for this tour. Advance tickets are $10 for each tour or $15 for both this tour and the Saturday Walking Tour of the Ridges’ Grounds. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the Athens County Historical Society and Museum at 740-592-2280 during business hours (Tuesday–Saturday from 12:00 PM -4:00 PM). Pending availability, tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour. Day of tour tickets are $15 for each tour or $25 for both. Only cash will be accepted for day of tour tickets. In case of inclement weather, call 740-592-2280 for information regarding cancellation.

This tour is part of the Athens Ohio Architectural Treasures Day, which is presented by the Athens County Historical Society and Preservation Athens. Architectural Treasures Day is a celebration of the remarkable architectural heritage of Athens Ohio and will feature two walking tours on Saturday, March 19. One tour will focus on Frank Packard buildings and the other on the former Athens Asylum. Both tours will be led by historians who are experts on the heritage of the building collections.

Contact the Athens County Historical Society for more information.

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Athens First Presbyterian Church