April 13: Turner Addition
When Nathaniel P. Turner platted Turner Addition in 1871, the subdivision was located more than two miles outside of Houston’s city limits. The neighborhood became a desirable residential area in the early 20th century thanks to its proximity to Hermann Park, Rice University and the new Museum of Fine Arts.
Over the years, Turner Addition’s gracious 1920s and 1930s homes and apartments gave way to denser development including some of the city’s early modernist townhomes. Today, the variety of architectural styles represented along the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets provides a lesson in Houston’s 20th century urban development exemplified by the work of some of the city’s most talented architects, including J.T. Rather, William Ward Watkin, Howard Barnstone and Carlos Jiménez.
Please note this is an exterior architecture tour only. The tour will not go inside any of the houses. The walking tour will last about 90 minutes and cover about one mile. There are no restrooms along the tour route.
Tickets are $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students). Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in front of the Jung Center at 5200 Montrose Boulevard. The last tour group will leave just after 2 p.m. Reservations are not required.
Street parking is free in the neighborhood, but be sure to observe posted parking regulations. Tour participants who walk, bike or use public transportation will receive a $2 discount.
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.