Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rammed Earth Walking Tour In Greeley, Colorado


Free Walking Tour of Alles Acres in Greeley, Colorado  

Monday, Aug 2 7:00 pm


The Greeley Historic Preservation Office hosts its third free walking tour of the summer at Alles Acres on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 7:00pm.   Alles Acres is an historic large-lot neighborhood located just west of the UNC west campus.   The tour will start at Bethel Baptist Church, 2307 17 th Avenue and is open to the public and for all ages.   Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes and bring a water bottle and an umbrella, in case of rain.   No dogs will be allowed on the tour.
 
Half of all houses on this planet are made out of earth, and this tour will highlight some of these, built by a process known as “rammed earth.”   The different styles and materials that comprise these structures will be discussed, along with the local history.   Area resident Lydia Ruyle, descendant of the Alles family for which the area is named, will share information about her family and rammed earth construction.    
Registration and tickets are not required.
For more information and directions to the site, contact Betsy Kellums at the Greeley Historic Preservation Office at 970-350-9222
visit our website at www.greeleygov.com/hp .
The rammed earth homes in question were constructed by David and Lydia Miller, a lawyer and a teacher, who knew of this type of wall construction from their travels in Europe.You can learn more about the Millers in The Rammed Earth House and Mother Earth News