Explore historic upper floors during First Friday in May


GREENVILLE – Have you ever wondered what is on the upper floors of our historic downtown buildings? If so, you will want to be part of Main Street Greenville’s First Friday Upper Floor Tour on Friday, May 6 to see and discover these hidden locations!

The tour will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will include four upper floor locations and one bonus location in downtown. Also, since it is “First Friday”, downtown businesses will be open late to shop, dine, and enjoy!

The Upper Floor Tours were created to highlight the historic buildings located in our downtown district and remind residents of the true magnitude of the buildings.

“The City of Greenville is incredibly fortunate to have 83 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places located in the downtown district,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: 406 S. Broadway (2nd and 3rd floor above The Merchant House), 334 S. Broadway (space above Bach to Rock), 524 ½ S. Broadway (space above Readmore’s Hallmark), and The Palace Building (3rd floor above The Coffee Pot, D’Alessios, The Double M Diner). The bonus location (no ticket necessary to view this location) will be the Darke County Model Railroad Club, located at 405 ½ S. Broadway.

A video-tour featuring the locations on the tour will be offered the same evening (during the same time) for those with limited mobility.

Tickets are $5 each and will not be limited. Purchase your tickets in advance at The Darke County Welcome Center (421 S. Broadway). Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured locations during the event.

“Our hope is that the Upper Floor Tours will encourage and inspire others to consider living options in the downtown area and continue to increase the demand for upper floor apartment living,” said Garrett. “Additional downtown residents can make a sizable contribution to the health and the stability of the overall downtown economy.”

“People who choose to live downtown often embrace the lifestyle, supporting the businesses on an almost daily basis,” said Garrett. “I have always dreamed of having an apartment downtown and I hear many other people say the same thing. Our goal is to have these upper floors utilized. We truly hope this event will encourage people to look at our historic buildings a little differently when traveling down Broadway.”

Mote and Associates, Inc. sponsors the annual Upper Floor Tour, a professional design firm specializing in civil engineering and land surveying. The tour is presented by Main Street Greenville in collaboration with Historic Preservation Month to bring awareness and respect to our built environment.


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First Fridays are a monthly event presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and grown in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

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