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November 9: Courthouse District

As large as it is, Houston shares a feature with dozens of small towns across Texas: a courthouse square. Join Preservation Houston's Architecture Walks Program on Sunday afternoon, November 9, for a look at the neighborhood surrounding the Harris County Courthouse — one of Houston's most historic areas.

The 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour will feature interesting and often amusing stories of Harris County government, tales of the elite 19th century neighborhood of Quality Hill and the long histories of some of downtown's oldest buildings. Among the highlights of the tour is the restored 1910 Harris County Courthouse, the c. 1858 Pillot Building and Christ Church Cathedral, which has held its site on Texas Avenue since 1839.

Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2014, in front of Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue. 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 downown Sundays and is available for a fee in nearby lots and garages. The tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Preston 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: Harris County Courthouse (1910, Lang & Witchell). Photo courtesy of Nash Baker.

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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