I think I mentioned that I've been helping the Norristown Preservation Society compile an inventory of the borough's historic architecture. For the background information, we've been using old NPS walking tours that were researched in the 1980s by former board members. So far we've got 63 photos in the collection and it's growing weekly. You can view them on the NPS Facebook page (you don't have to be signed into Facebook to see them). Just click on the individual photos to see their descriptions.
You'll notice we have a good number of public buildings in the collection--churches, schools, commercial structures--but that the majority of Norristown's fabulous architecture can be found in our houses. I thought I'd use today's Diary to share some of my favorites from West Main with you.
hope is that this inventory of Norristown's fine architecture can once more be used for walking tours, to encourage people to come to our
community and see what great art we have in our buildings (and stick
around to have dinner in our restaurants or to see a show). West Main is
easily reached from the Schuylkill River Trail--we could put together
self-guided cycling tours.
I'm going to be researching the East
and North ends of town soon, collecting photos and information about
more houses and buildings. If you have a favorite in your neighborhood (your own home?), or one that you
see as you drive or walk around, let me know the address and I'll check
it out. If you know any of the history, tell me that, too. Leave a comment below, or on Facebook, or email me.