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Corning’s Gaffer District Launches “Buildings Alive!” Architectural and Historic Walking Tour Web App

Corning, NY - Corning's Gaffer District is proud to announce the launch of "Buildings Alive!," an architectural and historic walking tour of Downtown Corning's Historic Market Street.

Fans of architecture and local history alike are invited to explore the "Buildings Alive!" tour through the use of the newly created "Buildings Alive!" web app. The app allows visitors, locals and anyone else interested in the history of Downtown Corning to access the tour via their mobile devices from anywhere in the world.

Unique photos, detailed descriptions and audio recordings of each location allow the tour goer to experience the vastness of Corning's celebrated history in a new light. The "Buildings Alive!" tour aims to be both entertaining and educational to those who may be first time visitors to Corning's Gaffer District, and to encourage locals to look more closely at the culture and heritage of the surrounding area.

In addition to re-branding the previously existing Historic Walking Tour with new images, building signs and promotional materials for local adventurers to enjoy, work was done to highlight the celebrated architecture that continues to play a part in making Downtown Corning a major destination for art and history travelers.

The tour explores 19 historic or architecturally significant sites along Market Street that include many original storefronts, The Rockwell Museum, Little Joe Tower and The Clock Tower in Centerway Square, a local favorite.

"Market Street's not plain vanilla, we're not bland," said Jeff Bong, owner of Bong's Jewelers, the only fourth-generation business on the street. "We're a nice destination. We're very fortunate to have a different feel than most small towns, we have character of both historic and architectural value."

The tour also includes other unique sites of interest, including the Historic Centerway Walking Bridge, which was recently named the American Public Works Association Historic Restoration & Preservation Project of the Year.

"We're very proud to announce the launch of our newly designed 'Buildings Alive!' walking tour and web app," exclaimed Coleen Fabrizi, Executive Director of Corning's Gaffer District.

"Not only is it a celebration of our city's rich history, but it acts as a way to educate and entice people to explore the many hidden gems that this location has to offer, as well as share their experiences with countless others."

For more information on the "Buildings Alive!" Historic & Architectural Walking Tour, or to find the "Buildings Alive!" web app, please visit

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