Our free 'Paved Paradise' downtown walking tour on Doors Open London 2018 weekend will be led by Grace Blackburn, a legendary newspaper reporter from The London Free Press Press, who will bring characters from London’s past to life at each of five stops that are now parking lots! Presented in partnership with LONDONFUSE & London Heritage Council. 😎
Our tour guide, Victoria Grace Blackburn, was an early columnist for the London Free Press and a daughter (one of nine children) of its founder, Josiah Blackburn. Known by the byline Fanfan, Grace covered the local literary and drama scene, and was a talented poet, playwright, and intellectual.
Stops include the former locations of Silversteins, a successful fish market which was once housed in a shiny glazed-brick building with a terrazzo mosaic entranceway that featured a flying fish; London Motors, a company that manufactured a unique six-cylinder car known as the London Six; the Central Fire Hall, where Chief Rowe served for 24 years; the Patricia Theatre, former home of a dance hall, vaudeville and movie theatre; and an Italianate house, which was owned by George Hiscox, who became London’s largest real estate holder.
Please meet at 201 King Street (Innovation Works London) 15 minutes before the start of the tour. Limited number of spots available. Bring a friend or three! Bring water and wear sunscreen if it's hot and sunny, bring an umbrella if it's rainy. 😉