This building on the Hidden Spaces Tour gives viewers a chance to see downtown buildings from a different angle. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
This building on the Hidden Spaces Tour gives viewers a chance to see downtown buildings from a different angle. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

BY KIRSTEN BARNHART

DHI Media News Editor

kbarnhart@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT – Each year the Main Street Van Wert Hidden Spaces Tour gives citizens the ability to see spaces in Van Wert that are normally not viewable each and every day. On Friday, Aug. 10, 250 citizens will get that opportunity again this year.

Five hidden spaces are on the list this year. Unlike in years past, the names of the buildings will be kept secret until the day of the event.

“Keeping it secret gives the tour a little buzz and excitement of what buildings are they going to be,” said Main Street Director Mitch Price who noted that the secrecy gives the tour a touch of anticipation. “You can show up here; we’ll give you a ticket and a map, and you’ll get to see which building it is. It’s like a surprise.”

During the tour, each space will have history attached to it so that participants can learn about the buildings they are entering. Volunteers will also be present to answer any questions viewers may have.

“It’s really cool to go into a building you’ve never been in,” said Main Street Van Wert Director Mitch Price. “To see some of the hidden gems and to see some of the spaces you normally wouldn’t see is a great opportunity.”

“Whether you’re peeking out a window or seeing something across the street from the buildings, it’s just a unique way to see a different perspective of the buildings.”

While the tour presents a unique opportunity for residents to learn about buildings they see each day, Price also noted that it creates an opportunity for the buildings, some of which are for sale, to receive foot-traffic.

“The buildings that we have are ones that many people may not have been in,” said Price. “There’s a couple that people have put a lot of hard work into it. I think people will be surprised to see what the different buildings are on the tour.”

Price noted that there are no repeat buildings from last year, which keeps the tour fresh.

Tickets are $10 per ticket. Tickets are limited to 250 people – a 50 person increase from last year due to how well the tour has been received by Van Wert. Tickets can be purchased at Main Street Van Wert, Truly Divine, or Collins Fine Foods. The Hidden Spaces Tour is set for Friday, Aug. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.