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Downtown Aurora Architecture Tours

Aurorans have a long tradition of creating and commissioning architecturally and artistically significant buildings and sculptures. From the G.A.R. – a Civil War Memorial built circa 1877 – to the awe-inspiring Isacc2 (“Swimming Stones”) sculpture built in 2001, Aurora is something to see.

Think of downtown as an outdoor architectural museum. On display, you’ll find everything from modern sculpture to a building constructed using pegged joints and hand-hewn timbers. You’ll also find a movie palace, impressive terra cotta detailing, and the works of locally and internationally renowned architects and artists like J.E. Minott, Eugene Malmer, George Grant Elmslie, Rapp and Rapp, Emory Seidel, and Christian Tobin.

For a guided tour of downtown Aurora, download the Mp3 Walking Tour below. Play these files from your Mp3 device, starting with the first one, as you walk downtown. The mp3 tour starts at the corner of Benton St. and Stolp Ave., in front of the former Aurora Public Library, now 1 E. Benton St.

Tour NOTE: Due to the tour being recorded in years past, the historical information remains accurate, however some of the more current details might be out-of-date.

Mp3 Tour – part 1 (introduction)
Mp3 Tour – part 2
Mp3 Tour – part 3
Mp3 Tour – part 4
Mp3 Tour – part 5
Mp3 Tour – part 6
Mp3 Tour – part 7
Mp3 Tour – part 8
Mp3 Tour – part 9
Mp3 Tour – part 10
Mp3 Tour – part 11
Mp3 Tour – part 12
Mp3 Tour – part 13
Mp3 Tour – part 14
Mp3 Tour – part 15