Preservation Houston is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation
founded in 1978 as Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Members
include individuals, corporations and organizations. Preservation
Houston depends on donations, membership fees, grant funding and
ticket sales for tours and events to fulfill its mission.
Preservation Houston promotes the preservation and appreciation
of Houston's architectural and cultural historic resources through
education, advocacy and committed action, thereby creating economic
value and developing a stronger sense of community.
The accomplishments of an advocacy organization are, by
definition, difficult to measure. Preservation Houston's
achievements can be seen as the effect of water on stone. Progress
is slow and steady; cumulative change is evident over time.
Today, progress can be seen in downtown Houston's revitalized
historic buildings, in the restored homes of the Heights and Old
Sixth Ward historic districts, and in stable residential
neighborhoods and active civic associations such as those in the
Norhill and Woodland Heights historic districts. Progress is
evident in the widespread recognition of historic preservation as
an important tool for economic development, an awareness that grew
in part from Preservation Houston's active support of the
successful redevelopment of the landmark Rice Hotel as a
market-rate apartment building.
Together, we can effect change
When Preservation Houston incorporated in 1978 as Greater
Houston Preservation Alliance, historic preservation was largely
the work of individuals scattered throughout the city's older
neighborhoods. Preservation Houston provided an umbrella
organization for like-minded people to come together to effect
change. In 1978, Houston did not have a preservation ordinance;
there were no historic districts and no designated landmarks.
Getting the fundamental tools in place required a grassroots
Although broad-based advocacy remains crucial for many issues,
such as the future of the Astrodome, Preservation Houston's work is
now more nuanced. Each historic neighborhood is different. Each has
its own concerns. Preservation Houston works to address those