Architecture Walks

Next tour: Broadacres, July 8

From June to September, tickets for Architecture Walks will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and the last tour group will begin at 6 p.m.

 George H. Dentler House in Broadacres (1939, Harvin C. Moore) /  photo   by Jim Parsons

George H. Dentler House in Broadacres (1939, Harvin C. Moore) / photo by Jim Parsons

Broadacres was among the residential neighborhoods developed near Rice University in the early 20th century. Its breathtaking oak allées and landscaping were the work of William Ward Watkin, the supervising architect of the Rice campus, and many of Houston's finest architects — including Watkin, John Staub and Birdsall Briscoe — designed the houses that line North and South boulevards.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour explores the history of this beautiful historic district, the architecture of its gracious homes and the stories of the oil, cotton, lumber, banking and railroad families that built them.

Please note that this is an exterior architecture tour. The tour will not visit the interiors of any buildings. Public restrooms are not available on the tour route.


Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at North Boulevard and Parkway. Admission is $10 for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students with valid ID). Those who walk, ride a bike or use public transit to get to the tour will receive a $2 discount. Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. The last tour group will leave just after 6 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.


Street parking is available along Parkway and adjacent neighborhood streets; please remember to observe posted parking regulations. Tour participants who walk, bike or use public transportation will receive a $2 discount off the tour price.


If inclement weather threatens on the day of the tour, watch this page for up-to-the-minute updates of any tour changes. You can also follow Preservation Houston on Twitter to receive tour updates.

About Architecture Walks

Explore Houston's architecturally and historically significant neighborhoods, buildings and institutions with Preservation Houston's monthly docent-guided walking tours. The tours are generally offered on the second Sunday of the month from January to November; tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. (6 p.m. June through September). Tours are open to the public. The cost is $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students), with a $2 discount if you walk, bike or ride public transportation to the tour. Reservations aren't required unless specifically noted.

We also offer quarterly walking tours of Glenwood Cemetery (reservations are required; see our schedule of upcoming tours) as well as private tours for groups of nearly any size.

The Architecture Walks Program is supported in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.