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Fast Start: Know your city

Curious about downtown history and architecture? Cynthia Howk, a local history expert and staff member at the Landmark Society of Western New York, leads lunchtime walks through downtown neighborhoods in the summer.

Architecture for Lunch tours are free—and just 25 minutes long. They start at 12:10 p.m. Howk has watched the city change over the years and can tell you historic tidbits about a street or a building that most locals have never heard.

The first walk is a new one—High Falls/Brown’s Race, on June 10. Meet at the Pont des Rennes Bridge at Platt Street. Howk will talk about Rochester’s oldest industrial district, where it got its Flour City name. This tour comes with a dramatic view of the 96-foot High Falls, and Howk will share stories of the companies that once occupied the 19th-century brick buildings in the district.

St. Paul Street was once the center of a very busy garment district in Rochester. On June 17, Howk will lead a tour that starts in front of the H.H. Warner Building at 80 St. Paul.

On June 24, Howk’s tour will explore another new area: The East End at Chestnut Street and Eastman Theatre. Meet in front of Christ Church, next to Rochester Contemporary Art Center on East Avenue.

5/27/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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