Youth Neighborhood Mapping Initiative

Architecture Tour

This lesson was adapted from the Kids Neighborhood Workshop lesson "Architecture" which can be found here.


  • To understand the effect that buildings have on the surrounding community and the people that inhabit it

  • To learn basic architectural concepts such as context, development patterns, setbacks, form, and style

  • To determine the overall character of their community and the role that buildings, both historic and contemporary, play in supporting it.

  • To compare the character of their community and its historic homes with that of surrounding areas such as Central Gardens


  • Architectural Survey

  • Digital camera

  • Notebooks

  • Pens

  • Maps of community


Start by asking the group if they have a favorite building in the neighborhood, elicit details as to why it is their favorite. 

Students should use the Architectural Survey to determine how the buildings in the area are different and to describe the buildings in terms of their bulk, setbacks, form, and materials.  They should consider how the building is situated and consider the role that features like porches play in the community.

The students should take pictures of homes that they feel are older or historic and then use reference materials to evaluate the architectural styles. 

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