By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

Well-100PULLMAN, Wash. – Students will present materials for a Pullman walking tour at 5:15 p.m. during a free, public gathering 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Washington State University Brelsford Visitor Center.

As part of a class, the WSU students worked for the Pullman Historic Preservation Commission to update the city’s walking tour brochure. The original was developed in 1987 and might be considered nearly a historic relic itself, since it was created several years before many of these WSU students were born.

Artesian well and home of former Hutchison photo studio.

The multidisciplinary, senior- and graduate-level class focused on issues of historic preservation, tourism and urban promotion. Students conducted archival research. They contributed original sketches, maps and a unique narrative that reads the city’s downtown as illustrative of major themes that have shaped Pullman over time.

Students are from the WSU School of Design and Construction and the graduate program in public history. The architecture spring seminar class is taught by Phil Gruen, associate professor and assistant director in the school, with assistance from Robert Franklin, a public history master of arts candidate. The WSU Center for Civic Engagement partnered on the project.

Northern Pacific depot, bridge and park along the Palouse River.


Phil Gruen, WSU School of Design and Construction, 509-335-2309,
Tina Hilding, communications coordinator, WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095,