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March 8: Main Street and Montrose Boulevard

After Rice University and Hermann Park opened in the early 1910s, Houston's South End became an increasingly desirable neighborhood. The area came to include major works by some of Houston's most prominent architects: William Ward Watkin’s Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Joseph Finger's Plaza Apartment Hotel; and Alfred C. Finn's St. Paul's United Methodist Church among them.

Preservation Houston's 90-minute guided walking tour explores the development of this neighborhood and the architecture of its landmarks, including the museum buildings along Montrose Boulevard, the charming neighborhoods of Chelsea Place, Cotswold Court and Colby Court, and the imposing churches of Main Street.

Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, in front of the Jung Center at 5200 Montrose Boulevard. Admission is $10 for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students with valid ID). Childern 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 2 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.

Street parking is free in the neighborhood, but please observe posted regulations. The tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Museum District Station. Please note that this is an exterior architecture tour only; the tour will not go inside any buildings.

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.

Photo: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1924, 1926, Wiliam Ward Watkin); photo by Jim Parsons

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 the Susan Vaughan Foundation and by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

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