Thursday, April 27, 2017

Explore Historic Upper Floors During First Friday in May

Discover hidden treasures located in the upper floor locations
of historic downtown buildings in downtown Greenville during
May’s First Friday event!
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 5th to see and discover these hidden locations!

This self-guided tour will take place from 6-9 pm and will include 4 upper floor locations and 1 bonus location in downtown. Also, since it is "First Friday", downtown businesses will be open late for you 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: 126 W. 4th St. (space above Greenville Pawn & Jewelry), 302 S. Broadway (space above Tecumseh Center for Natural Healing), 120 W. 3rd St. (space above F45 Training and Nature’s Heart Yoga), and 410 S. Broadway (space above Brenda’s Beanery). The bonus location (no ticket necessary to view this location) will be the St. Clair Memorial Hall, located at 215 W. 4th St.

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 Welcome Center (421 S. Broadway), free for students and children 17 and younger. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured locations during the event, unlimited tickets available.

“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.

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. “Our goal is to have these upper floors utilized. We 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.

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 about the organization or the event, please visit, follow them on social media, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

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