Friday, April 27, 2012

Look up to ‘Discover Our Hidden Gems’

A circa 1900 snapshoot of 334 S. Broadway at the corner of W. Third & Broadway. This building and three others will be on the Upper Floor Tour on Friday, May 4 during ‘First Fridays’
334 and 402 are more than a number and much more than an address on South Broadway. Since the mid 1800's, each of these buildings housed the entrepreneurial spirit and business ventures of pharmacists, bakers, dentists, confectioners, restaurateurs, harness makers, grocers, home furnishings, paint, clothing and shoe store owners.

402 S. Broadway, formerly Bill Rogers California Beds and Bedroom Store, is a wonderful, late 1800 high Victorian Gothic Brick and Block Structure. 328, 330 and 334, Bach to Rock since 1999, was built between 1850 and 1854 and boasts a 6-bay stucco facade. The "upper floors" of the 334 building were home to the Fraternal Order of the Moose from 1924 to the 1960's and today, can still be seen with the large lodge room complete with stage.

Give yourself the rare opportunity to view these and more "hidden gems" of Greenville’s downtown on Friday, May 4 from 6-9p.m. Meet with the owners of these historic buildings and hear them share their vision for business and downtown living options. This amazing tour will include 2 other "upper floor" locations and 2 bonus locations in downtown! Tickets for this tour are $5 each and are available at Granny's Corner and Bread of Life. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of any of the four stops during the evening event. Also, since it is "First Fridays" downtown businesses will be open late!

Mote and Associates, sponsor the Third Annual Upper Floor Building tour, is 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 and to ‘Discover our Hidden Gems.’

"First Fridays" is a monthly event presented by Main Street Greenville-a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit or call 937-548-4998.

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