Shadow Lawn & Waverly Court Architecture Walk
Nov
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

Shadow Lawn & Waverly Court Architecture Walk

  • 7 Shadow Lawn Street Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)
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The area now known as the Museum District became one of the most fashionable parts of Houston in the 1920s thanks to the opening of Rice University, Hermann Park and the Museum of Fine Arts. As the area developed, swathes of prairie were divided into upscale neighborhoods that remain desirable nearly a century later. This all-new docent-led walking tour will explore two of those neighborhoods: Shadow Lawn and Waverly Court.

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Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour
Nov
25
10:00am10:00am

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Located on rolling land near Buffalo Bayou with glorious trees and landscaping, as well as elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary, historic Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of some of Houston's most famous citizens, including philanthropist George Hermann; Texas Governor and Humble Oil co-founder Ross Sterling; oil wildcatter Glenn McCarthy; movie star Gene Tierney; and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Our tour explores the unforgettable stories of the men and women buried here as well as Glenwood's beautiful landscape and elaborate monuments.

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History in Print featuring ‘Architecture That Speaks’
Nov
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

History in Print featuring ‘Architecture That Speaks’

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
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Between 1928 and 1933, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas — later Texas A&M University — saw its campus transformed through the construction of 10 remarkable buildings developed under a master plan by college architect Frederick Giesecke and designed by Samuel Charles Phelps Vosper. The buildings, all of which survive, still delight the senses with color, sculpture and wit.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour (sold out)
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour (sold out)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

This two-hour walking tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood's outstanding monuments, which range from elaborate Victorian obelisks and angels to crisp, modern compositions. Along the way, docents will explain the symbolism and stories behind the monuments and will discuss the lives of Houstonians both famous and forgotten who commissioned them.

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History in Print featuring 'DFW Deco'
Oct
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

History in Print featuring 'DFW Deco'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
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Texas isn't known for its Art Deco design, but the Lone Star State has more than its share — particularly in North Texas, where cotton, cattle and oil combined to create a rich variety of modernistic buildings, artwork and monuments in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Preservation Houston's David Bush and Jim Parsons explore the region's Deco treasures in DFW Deco: Modernistic Architecture of North Texas, the pair's fourth book chronicling Art Deco in the Lone Star State.

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Turner Addition Architecture Walk
Oct
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

Turner Addition Architecture Walk

The story of Turner Addition began in 1871 when Nathaniel P. Turner platted the neighborhood more than two miles outside the Houston city limit, apparently anticipating that the city's growth would soon fill the gap between his subdivision and civilization. As it turned out, development in Turner Addition didn't begin until the late 1910s, when an extension of Montrose Boulevard finally linked it with the rest of Houston.

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Old Sixth Ward Architecture Walk
Aug
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Old Sixth Ward Architecture Walk

The Old Sixth Ward, one of Houston's most beloved historic neighborhoods, was settled in the mid-19th century. The principal developer was W.R. Baker, Houston mayor and president of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad, and many of the neighborhood's early residents were railroad workers who decorated their cottages with hand-cut Victorian ornamentation. Today, their homes make up one of the most intact 19th century neighborhoods in the city.

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History in Print featuring 'Pleasant Bend'
Aug
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

History in Print featuring 'Pleasant Bend'

On Tuesday, August 8, hear stories of Harris County's pioneer beginnings when Dan Worrall, the author of Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century, explains how a sluggish body of water and a rugged trail stirred an economic engine. Roughly following the route of today's San Felipe Road, the trail carried cotton from plantations along the Brazos and Colorado rivers across seemingly endless tallgrass prairie to Houston's port on Buffalo Bayou for shipment to the wider world. After Emancipation, African American families from those same plantations made their way east on the San Felipe Trail to begin new lives in Houston's Freedmen's Town.

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Lecture: Reinventing a Texas Icon
Jun
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Lecture: Reinventing a Texas Icon

In 2016, Houston firm METALAB won the international competition to redesign the iconic barges that carry millions of visitors along San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Join Preservation Houston the evening of Tuesday, June 27, as we welcome architect Joe Meppelink of METALAB, who will discuss the work that went into his group's winning design.

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Rice University Architecture Walk
Jun
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Rice University Architecture Walk

The campus of Rice University is one of the most beautiful spots in Houston thanks to the Mediterranean-influenced designs of Boston architects Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, who were responsible for the university's master plan and the earliest buildings on the campus. Our tour visits the historic heart of the campus and also includes some of Rice's newest buildings, tracing the evolution of the original campus architecture.

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The Women of Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
May
27
10:00am10:00am

The Women of Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

Sorry, this tour is completely sold out. We cannot accommodate walk-ups on the day of the tour.

Historic Glenwood Cemetery is known for its beauty, but the stories of the people buried there are just as compelling — especially Glenwood's women, whose legacies range from the suffrage movement to the silver screen. This tour tells the stories of some of those fascinating women and their impacts locally and nationally. Among the featured subjects are Charlotte Allen, the wife of Houston co-founder Augustus Allen; suffragists Annette Finnigan and Florence Sterling; publisher and stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby, who led the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II; and movie star Gene Tierney.

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20th Century Main Street Architecture Walk
May
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

20th Century Main Street Architecture Walk

  • Main Street at Texas Avenue Houston, TX 77002 (map)
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A walk along Main Street in downtown Houston is a walk through the city's business development and its changing architectural tastes. This 90-minute docent-guided tour traces Main Street's role as the center of activity for much of Houston's history, visiting early businesses and skyscrapers, retail stores, banks and the sites of its movie palaces.

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Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk
Apr
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk

After Rice Institute and Hermann Park opened in the early 1910s, Houston's South End became an increasingly desirable neighborhood in which to live and work — and it remains one today. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour explores the beautiful area between Main Street and Montrose Boulevard just north of the park, including the buildings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the charming neighborhoods of Chelsea Place, Cotswold Court and Colby Court; and the imposing churches of Main Street. Along the way, we'll see work from William Ward Watkin, Joseph Finger, MacKie & Kamrath and Carlos Jiménez, as well as Finger's own home on Portland Place, a largely intact 1920s residential street.

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Downtown East Architecture Walk
Mar
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

Downtown East Architecture Walk

The section of downtown east of Main Street is a study in change. Early in Houston’s history, it was home to Quality Hill, the city’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. The area turned commercial after the turn of the 20th century thanks to an expanding business district and the construction of Union Station in 1911. Large-scale redevelopment projects including Houston Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center drastically altered the area in the late 1900s, and today, east downtown is an intriguing mix of small commercial buildings, early skyscrapers and gleaming modern office towers and hotels.

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The Cornerstone Dinner presenting the 2017 Good Brick Awards
Mar
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Cornerstone Dinner presenting the 2017 Good Brick Awards

Join Preservation Houston on Friday evening, March 3, 2017, when the Cornerstone Dinner presents “Building the History of Houston through Great Architecture” at River Oaks Country Club. The 2017 Cornerstone Dinner will be an elegant evening that combines the themes of history and the importance of historic preservation with the unique story of Houston as told through our exceptional architectural heritage.

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20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
Feb
25
10:00am10:00am

20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Glenwood Cemetery is known for its splendid Victorian monuments, but there’s a more modern side to the cemetery as well. This docent-guided walking tour explores some of the newer sections of Glenwood and the lives of some of the well-known 20th century Houstonians buried there, including businessmen George and Herman Brown; cotton magnate and statesman Will Clayton; Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice University’s first president; Astrodome builder Judge Roy Hofheinz; and longtime television anchor Ron Stone. Hear their stories and discover the fascinating art and architecture of 20th century Glenwood on this all-new tour.

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University of Houston Architecture Walk
Feb
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

University of Houston Architecture Walk

  • University of Houston (Entrance 16) (map)
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"Houston's University" was founded in 1927 as a night school meeting in borrowed rooms, but it quickly grew into a four-year university and is now a major urban research institution. Our 90-minute docent-guided tour of the UH campus traces the university's history and the people who made the school what it is today, including oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, its great benefactor.

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January Pier & Beam Happy Hour
Jan
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

January Pier & Beam Happy Hour

Join Pier & Beam — Preservation Houston's next-generation member group — for its January Happy Hour on Wednesday evening, January 18, at Lucille's5512 La Branch in the Museum District. P&B happy hours are a great way to catch up with Pier & Beam members, meet new people and have a much-needed drink (or three) in a historic location. They're open not only to Pier & Beam members, but also to prospective members; if you're 21-45 and passionate about Houston's architecture and history, please drop by.

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Beth Israel Cemetery Architecture Walk
Jan
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

Beth Israel Cemetery Architecture Walk

When Beth Israel Cemetery was established in 1844, Houston was still a frontier village — in fact, the cemetery was located well out of town on the San Felipe Road (now West Dallas Avenue). Over the years, Houston has grown up around Beth Israel, and today, the cemetery is not only one of the city's most historic, but also the oldest Jewish institution in Texas.

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History in Print featuring 'Material Culture of German Texans'
Dec
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

History in Print featuring 'Material Culture of German Texans'

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church (map)
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From the days of the Republic, German immigrants left a distinctive mark on the architecture and lifeways of Texas that is still evident today. In his award-winning book, Kenneth Hafertepe shares a decade of research examining how German culture was adapted to everyday life in rural, small-town and urban settings from East Texas to the Hill Country.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (sold out)
Nov
26
10:00am10:00am

Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (sold out)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

This two-hour walking tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood's outstanding monuments, which range from elaborate Victorian obelisks and angels to crisp, modern compositions. Along the way, docents will explain the symbolism and stories behind the monuments and will discuss the lives of Houstonians both famous and forgotten who commissioned them.

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Downtown's Historic Waterfront Architecture Walk
Nov
13
2:00pm 2:00pm

Downtown's Historic Waterfront Architecture Walk

Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston was teeming with activity at the turn of the 20th century, from the wharves of the Port of Houston at Allen's Landing to the produce wholesalers, warehouses, breweries and factories that lined its banks. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour looks at the bayou's crucial role in Houston's development and explores the remnants of some of the old development nearby, including what's left of the Houston Ice & Brewing Company, a major industrial concern in the early 1900s.

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History in Print featuring 'The Other Great Migration'
Oct
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

History in Print featuring 'The Other Great Migration'

The 20th century saw two great waves of African-American migration from the countryside into the city, changing not only the nation's demographics, but its culture as well. Join Preservation Houston on Thursday evening, October 20, as author and historian Bernadette Pruitt tells the story of The Other Great Migration as part of Preservation Houston's History in Print author series.

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Warehouse District Architecture Walk
Oct
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

Warehouse District Architecture Walk

The Warehouse District grew up near two important modes of transportation in early Houston: the original Port of Houston at Allen's Landing and the hub of the many rail lines that served the city. Though the city's industrial base is long gone, many reminders of Victorian industry remain in the area, including historic warehouses and the Willow Street Pump Station, centerpiece of the city's first sewer system.

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Modern Downtown Architecture Walk
Sep
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Modern Downtown Architecture Walk

  • 909 Fannin Street Houston, TX, 77010 United States (map)
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From glittering postmodern skyscrapers by Philip Johnson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to gems from local architects including Lloyd, Morgan & Jones, downtown Houston’s postwar skyline is a chronicle of the city’s phenomenal 20th-century growth. This tour will explore downtown buildings from 1940-1990, discussing the architecture of Houston's signature towers while touching on regional modernism, preservation challenges and ways that the United States' largest unzoned central business district has developed through the years.

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 Historic Glenwood Cemetery walking tour (sold out)
Aug
27
10:00am10:00am

Historic Glenwood Cemetery walking tour (sold out)

Sorry, this tour is completely sold out.

Located on rolling land near Buffalo Bayou with glorious trees and landscaping, as well as elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary, historic Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of some of Houston's most famous citizens, including philanthropist George Hermann; Texas Governor and Humble Oil co-founder Ross Sterling; oil wildcatter Glenn McCarthy; movie star Gene Tierney; and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Our tour explores the unforgettable stories of the men and women buried here as well as Glenwood's beautiful landscape and elaborate monuments.

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Woodland Heights Architecture Walk
Aug
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Woodland Heights Architecture Walk

  • 3311 Beauchamp Street Houston, TX, 77009 United States (map)
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The William A. Wilson Realty Co. began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 on 136 acres of land that was once part of John Austin's Mexican land grant. The neighborhood was one of Houston's first "streetcar suburbs" — a streetcar line ran from downtown along Houston Avenue to just outside the Woodland Heights gates, enabling working-class Houstonians to live in a lovely wooded setting and easily commute to their jobs.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour of Woodland Heights discussed several 20th century architectural styles found in the neighborhood, including the foursquare, cottage and bungalow, and highlights the live oak trees Wilson planted in 1907, which have matured into lush canopies over Woodland Heights' streets.

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History in Print featuring 'BIG Little House'
Jul
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

History in Print featuring 'BIG Little House'

As Houston experiences increasingly dense development and rising housing costs, could the future of our neighborhoods include a step back to small houses?

During her presentation, author Donna Kacmar will demonstrate that small dwellings (under 1,000 square feet) are not just down-sized versions of big houses. Thoughtfully designed small houses can be integrated into their surroundings and reflect the priorities of the people who live in them. Using exceptional examples from around the country, Kacmar will offer insights for anyone interested in small-scale projects and illustrate how building small can be a deliberate design strategy in its own right.

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Westmoreland Architecture Walk
Jul
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Westmoreland Architecture Walk

  • 100 Hawthorne Street Houston, TX, 77006 United States (map)
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W.W. Baldwin developed Westmoreland Place in 1902 on what was then Houston's southwestern edge. The neighborhood was the city's first patterned after the "private place" neighborhoods of St. Louis: small, gated developments with a central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built.

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University of Houston Architecture Walk
Jun
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

University of Houston Architecture Walk

"Houston's University" was founded in 1927 as a night school meeting in borrowed rooms, but it quickly grew into a four-year university and is now a major urban research institution. Our 90-minute docent-guided tour of the UH campus traces the university's history and the people who made the school what it is today, including oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, its great benefactor.

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