LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - On May 1, residents gathered outside the Brown Street United Methodist Church for a walking tour of the Historic Jeff neighborhood. From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours were guided through various historic stops. Brochures were sold to help cover the cost of maintenance for the church, which was recently designated a historic building.
Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission vice president Sean Lutes says the neighborhood is one of a kind.
"Lafayette's old city is one of the most in-tact historical 19th century cores in Indiana and the Midwest, we really have a treasure here," Lutes said.
Architecture and culture were on display for the tour. Lutes highlighted the historical immigrant heritage of the neighborhood.
"So a lot of people don't realize that the old Jefferson neighborhood is also the historic hub of Lafayette's early German immigrant community," Lutes said.
"A lot of times we pass by here on our commutes and don't realize the richness of architecture, history, and stories that take place and took place in this area."
Julie Budzik is a lifelong resident of Lafayette. Off a friends recommendation, she found her way to the walking tour.
"I didn't realize that it was a German neighborhood and that the people spoke German a lot and so I learned quite a bit, it was a very interesting tour," Budzik said.
More walking tours in other historic Lafayette neighborhoods are being planned for the future. Because of that, Budzik is keeping an eye on out for the update.
"And so I'm going to try to do that so I can... because otherwise... I would hate to have this and for me to miss it because it was so excellent."