Renowned Architect & Preservationist to Lead Walking Tour in SJ

If you truly want to capture the essence of a community, you should get out of your car and take a walking tour. If you really want to capture the subtleties that make a community architecturally rich, you should take that walking tour with a renowned architect and preservationist.

Good news. You have exactly that opportunity coming your way at the end of the month when native son Stephen Byrns returns home to St. Joseph from the Big Apple to lead just such a tour.

On Saturday, August 31st, 2019, Byrns will be leading a historic neighborhood walking tour on getting underway at 10:00 am. Stephen is an architect and preservationist who has been based in New York City since 1978. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to be a NYC Landmarks Preservation Commissioner from 2001-2010.

Byrns is a native of St. Joseph, the son of Chester and Priscilla Byrns, and a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities. This tour will last about an hour and a half and emphasize architecture and local history. The cost is $15.00 per person with only 30 tickets available.

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Tickets can be purchased on the website of The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, at: The tour will begin at the southwest corner of State Street and Market Street. For additional information, you can call the museum at 983-1191.

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is located at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph, where admission to all exhibits is free; exhibit open hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  269-983-1191 or visit