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Alphabet House Walking Tour
Saturday 23 March 2019, 01:00pm - 03:00pm
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Wander the streets of Richland for this walking tour!

Participants will walk through neighborhoods studded with houses designed and constructed by the U.S. Government to help rapidly accommodate the influx of thousands of Hanford Site workers who came to the area as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project. During World War II, the Manhattan Project developed the first nuclear weapons, the plutonium for which was produced north of Richland at the Hanford Site. Starting in 1943, the small farming community of Richland was transformed into one of the Manhattan Project’s “Secret Cities”, with the U.S. Corp of Engineers ultimately building almost 5,000 houses. Design of houses was undertaken by the Spokane architect Albin Pherson, who developed a series of house styles named after the letters of the alphabet. In addition to the alphabet houses, prefabricated housing was installed to meet urgent housing needs. This tour will visit several different house types, and along the way you will learn about their construction, architecture, and the part they played in the community’s development and culture.

Tour does not include transportation to the departure location. Water, walking attire appropriate to weather conditions, and sunscreen are recommended. The route includes use of city sidewalks and we cannot control conditions on the sidewalk, including snow level, gravel, and corner cuts.

Registrants will receive tour meeting location.