Doreen Uhas-Sauer wants her upcoming German Village walking tour to be as much about stories as it is about architecture.

Doreen Uhas-Sauer wants her upcoming German Village walking tour to be as much about stories as it is about architecture.

After all, even decades-old gossip is always interesting.

"I think this tour will be a lot of architecture and a lot of personal remembrances from people in the village," Uhas-Sauer said.

Serving as the education chair for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Uhas-Sauer will lead a tour of German Village next week as part of the foundation's "Walking Tour" series.

The tour will take place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 6, and starts at Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St.

"I do think that human touch is really what makes it different," Uhas-Sauer said. "It's the stories that make it different."

She said the tour will focus predominately on the area's history before it became a historic district, and will feature stories that have been handed down through generations.

"This has been the product of many people's stories," she said, noting her husband's family has lived in the south side for five generations. "Some of the original families have been telling me original stories about who's lived there for years."

In addition, Uhas-Sauer said she would be able to add remembrance for future tours.

"I think that what is nice about this is that it is a good time for people to add stories about things they know," Uhas-Sauer said.

Most of the foundation's tours are about a mile and a half to two miles long. The German Village tour will be slightly shorter.

"All in all, it will be an hour and half of walking and we will be stopping to tell stories and look at architecture," Uhas-Sauer said. "Fortunately, there are little places along the way where people can stop. I don't think people need to feel that it will be a march."

Some of the talks will center on why the area has a number of Queen Anne touches in its architecture and information on shotgun houses.

Uhas-Sauer said some of the stops will include discussions of what the current Max & Erma's Restaurant used to be, St. Mary Church and Schwartz Castle.

The Columbus Landmarks Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1977, will hold two other walking tours during the warmer months, one on June 7 in what is being described as Irish Village and one June 20 in Italian Village.

Tickets for the event are $7 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (614) 221-4508. They also will be available the days of the tours.

For more information about the tours, visit