Beat the Block Happy Hour Tour

Friday, June 2, 2023 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Friday, June 2 at 5:30pm / Guided by Kevin Rose / Mobility 1

$22, which includes one drink at Market Bar

In the 1950s and 1960s, locals Beat the Block, shopping their way around the downtown core at places like Wren’s Department Store and Woolworths. Much of this neighborhood was lost in the subsequent decades, as developers tried to remake downtown into a starkly modern business district. Join historian Kevin Rose as he “Beats the Block” around the downtown core, sharing fascinating stories about the nine buildings that survived Urban Renewal craze. He will also discuss ongoing efforts to restore and reuse these historic landmarks. Meet outside COhatch Market, 101 South Fountain Avenue.



Join the Westcott Center for Architecture + Design as we celebrate our region’s distinctive architecture and history with our annual Summer Tour Series.

The Summer Tour Series examines the architecture, design, and history of the built environment in the Greater Springfield Region. The 2023 series includes a variety of walking tours, bicycle, virtual, and happy hour tours featuring diverse subjects and fascinating stories. Architects, curators, historians, and local professionals guide each tour. 

Please be advised that we do not mail tickets. You will receive an order confirmation by email. You will be automatically added to the attendee list upon the completion of your order.




Our tours and programs are developed for a broad audience, including those with disabilities and decreased mobility. Tours move at a leisurely pace with brief periods of standing at tour stops. If entering a building or house, some stairs or inclines may be possible. All tours are assigned mobility levels between 1-3. 

Mobility Level 1
Up to 6 blocks walking, mostly flat terrain, paved, stairs not likely. Wheelchair accessible.

Mobility Level 2
May be more than 6 blocks walking, some hills, mostly paved, some stairs possible. Please call or email about wheelchair accessibility.

Mobility Level 3
Considerable walking, various terrains, unpaved areas. All bicycle tours. Please call or email about wheelchair accessibility.