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The doors to historic Victorian homes and office conversions, along with a celebrated E.B. Green building, will be opened to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for the annual "Secrets of Allentown" home tour.
Green's Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave., which is rarely opened to sightseers, will serve as the tour's hub for the Allentown Association fundraiser.
Fascinating interiors hidden from the public will be on view on Park, Franklin and North Pearl streets, St. John's Place and a West Village residence in Johnson Park.
They include five sites never before included in the tour, which has been continuous for decades.
"It really gives the public the opportunity to get a glimpse of Allentown that they ordinarily wouldn't be able to see," said Christopher Brown, who wrote essays in the tour booklet about the history and contemporary renovations of each of the properties. The booklet will be available at the Twentieth Century Club.
Brown said a home on 11 Park that was renovated when Allentown was reinventing itself in the 1960s, and the "truly spectacular renovation" of Zepto Metrix's corporate office in the former Hoyt residence at 878 Main St., are particular highlights.
For tickets and information, visit www.secretsofallentown.org. Tickets can be also be purchased at Quaker Bonnet, 175 Allen St., and through tickets.com.
They are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event.
Attendees will receive discounts at participating Allentown restaurants as well as a free wine tasting at Hamlin House on Franklin Street.
The Allentown Association, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Allentown neighborhood's historic character.

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