Heritage Foundation of Oswego County Announces 40th Annual House Tour Event – The Oswego Downtown Living Tour

The 40th annual House Tour event sponsored by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the city of Oswego.

the newly renovated Stevedore Lofts building which will be one of the buildings on the tour.
The newly renovated Stevedore Lofts building which will be one of the buildings on the tour.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the house tour, Heritage Foundation is introducing the Oswego Downtown Living Tour and it features six historic mixed use commercial residential properties and one contemporary waterfront mixed use property.

The purpose of the downtown living tour is to highlight and promote the many mixed-use redevelopment projects that are currently under way in downtown Oswego.

Heritage Foundation’s annual house tour fund-raiser has featured hundreds of public and private historic properties throughout Oswego County for more than three decades.

In addition to historic preservation enthusiasts, the tour will also be of interest to those searching for high end, unique apartments and those in homes looking to downsize as many of the properties on the tour will have available finished living spaces for viewing and units currently under construction.

Advance sale tickets for the downtown living tour are $8 and tickets purchased the day of the event are $10.

Tickets will go on sale Sept. 12 and can be purchased at River’s End Bookstore, Lakeside Artisans Cooperative, and the Oswego Tea Company.

All proceeds from the event will promote historic preservation projects in the county.

“Over the years, the tour has showcased historic preservation in action,” said Austin Wheelock, board president for the Heritage Foundation. “This event offers the community an opportunity to view in person the wonderful redevelopment happening as we speak in Oswego’s downtown and along the waterfront.”

He also added, “It’s wonderful to see a renaissance in downtown redevelopment in our cities and towns. It brings an energy and excitement back to our main streets.”

Advancing the downtown theme, this year’s tour will also feature many of the downtown restaurants and shops that make downtown living convenient and appealing. House Tour participants can use their admission ticket as a discount coupon at participating downtown businesses on Sept. 30.

There will also be a drawing for a gift basket including many products from the downtown Oswego businesses.

Among the properties included on the tour is the Stevedore Lofts project, a redevelopment of a former brick industrial warehouse into 49 historic loft apartments as well as Class A office space.

This property has views of the Oswego Canal as well as overlooking the near west-side.

Another property being showcased on the tour is the Lofts at Canal Commons which features high end housing with vaulted ceilings, exposed brick work, rooftop gardens, and the showcase unit which includes a former bank vault that is being transformed into a wine cellar.

The Heritage Foundation of Oswego County is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and protection of the historic, architectural and environmental resources in Oswego County.

For more information about the tour call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354.