ALPHABET HOUSE TOUR/COLD WAR BUS
Offered October 4th or 5th
Duration: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: $35 per person
(20 minimum required)
Lunch at the Atomic Brewpub at the cost of the attendees.
Learn about the historic ABC houses in Richland during the beginning of the Hanford project. Back in the early 1940s, when a large swath of land near the Columbia River was picked as the site of the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor, a Spokane architect was given a critical task: Design a community for the people who’d come from around the country to work here. G. Albin Pehrson did just that, creating a break from the military feel of Hanford by making neighborhoods with cul-de-sacs and lots of green space. The homes he designed were named for letters of the alphabet — A houses, B houses, E houses and so on. Hundreds went up, and the “alphabet houses” still are still an important part of Richland’s landscape today. Transportation is a unique experience in itself. The attendees ride a historic vintage Hanford bus. The tour includes stops at alphabet houses, plus puts the homes — and the city’s development — in historical context and includes insight on the concepts and goals that went into Richland’s design.
Richard Nordgren, historian, will narrate the tour. Nordgren has done extensive research into alphabet houses and Richland’s wartime and post-war history. He’s always had a passion for history. Also, expect some fun facts and stories of residents.