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October 12: Downtown Modern

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour

Eventbrite - Downtown Modern walking tour

Preservation Houston and Houston Mod invite you to join us Sunday afternoon, October 12, for Downtown Modern, a special tour focusing on downtown Houston buildings built between 1940 and 1980.

This walking tour weaves through the heart of Houston's business district, showcasing the historic layers of the city's iconic skyline and discussing the changing styles, technology and planning that it reflects. Stops include internationally recognized works by I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as well as surprising mid-century gems from local architects such as Lloyd & Morgan and Milton Foy Martin.

Once the walking route is finished, tourgoers will be invited to join PH and Houston Mod at a downtown watering hole for a post-tour conversation.

This tour is being offered as part of the Docomomo US 2014 Tour Day weekend, which celebrates significant 20th century built design across the United States. Because of the special nature of the tour,advance ticket purchase will be required; we will not be able to accept walk-ups on the day of the tour.

Tickets are available for purchase online and are $8.50 for Preservation Houston, Houston Mod and Docomomo US members and students and $11.50 for the general public (ticket prices include a one-way MetroRail pass for use returning to the tour start point). Children 11 years old and under are admitted free.

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: First Church of Christ, Scientist (1961, Milton Foy Martin; 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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