Historic Preservation Month will be observed in Rochester with a scavenger hunt.

The city is partnering with local organizations to mark May as a month for raising awareness of the importance of preserving and enhancing historic buildings.

“Rochester is fortunate to have a variety of historic places,” Cindy Steinhauser, Rochester’s community development director, said in a statement announcing the hunt. “Some of these places, like the Chateau Theatre, are more known than others. Our hope is that, through the scavenger hunt, the community and visitors become more familiar with Rochester’s vast architectural history.”

The event, which runs May 1 to May 21, is being coordinated by the city, Rochester Public Library, Experience Rochester, the History Center of Olmsted County and the Rochester Downtown Alliance.

With a concentration on downtown, the scavenger hunt will challenge people of all ages to search for hidden architectural gems. Finding them will offer a chance to win prizes.

Participants will visit the Rochester Public Library’s website using the URL: rplmn.org/historic to download and print a scavenger hunt form, which can be submitted online when complete. Printed forms are also available in the library.

The forms will feature photos of architectural elements from 12 buildings. Hunters who correctly identify the building names or locations will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Winners will be announced May 28 during the city’s monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting.

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