FLINT – The Baker College of Flint chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS-BCF) is presenting an architectural walking tour of downtown Flint, Oct. 18, in which participants will learn about the city’s history through its architecture.
The public is invited. The free tour, entitled Discover Flint, is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and is approximately one mile in length. The group will stop at the new Flint Farmers’ Market where lunch will be available to purchase. The tour is wheelchair accessible. Space is limited at some venues; reservations are required.
“Students in Baker College’s architectural technology bachelor’s degree program were so inspired by a walking tour of Chicago architecture last spring, that we planned this tour to learn about the buildings right here in Flint,” said Erich Schudlich, AIAS-BCF president. “Many have been designed by world-renown architects. We hope others will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Flint history and to enhance their appreciation of Flint’s unique architecture.”
The students turned to the Flint chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Flint) for experienced tour guides. The group represents architects in the fields of design, engineering, higher education, construction and government in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee counties.
Leading the tour will be two AIA Flint members: long-time architects Jackie Hoist, AIA, and Ronald Campbell, AIA. They are both historic-preservation certified and serve as instructors for the Baker College architectural program. Hoist and Campbell have led similar tours many times during the past 10 years that have been tailored to the presenting group’s focus.
“Our goal is to entertain while we educate,” Campbell said. “In addition to highlighting the area’s architecture, we’ll also share some of the behind-the-façade stories about what happened in Flint that greatly impacted our nation. The tour should be especially interesting for students who live downtown. For instance, they probably don’t know that they are just steps away from where the events that fueled the stock market crash of 1929 unfolded.”
Included in the tour are the grounds of Applewood, the former C.S. Mott estate; the Flint Institute of Art; a building designed to withstand an earthquake; another with a Roman garden for its interior; and a building patterned after a Greek temple. Tour guides will also include interesting facts about Flint, such as why the city is located where it is, how Native Americans impacted the city, and how Flint’s iconic weatherball operates.
Campbell said the tour will also provide a glimpse into Flint’s future as participants learn about current trends in architecture and about buildings that have been adapted for new uses recently.
For more information about the Discover Flint architectural walking tour or to make a reservation for the tour, contact Schudlich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-563-2652.
Details: Visit www.baker.edu. – G.G.