January 12: 20th Century Main Street
Join the Architecture Walks Program as we kick off 2014 with a walk through Houston history along Main Street. The street's buildings are a reminder of the days when Main was the center of business, shopping and entertainment in Houston — and they're a lesson in the city's changing architectural tastes.
Our tour traces Main Street's role as a center of activity for much of Houston's history, visiting early skyscrapers, banks, retail stores and the sites of long-gone movie palaces. Highlights include the 1929 Gulf Building (now the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building); the former First City National Bank Building, Houston's first modernist skyscraper when it opened in 1960; and Alfred C. Finn's elegant 1951 building for the Sakowitz department store.
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, January 12, under the canopy of the Post Rice Lofts at the northwest corner of Main and Texas. The last tour group will leave just after 2 p.m. Reservations are not required.
Street parking is free downtown Sundays, but remember to observe posted parking restrictions. Paid parking is available in nearby lots and garages, and the tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Preston Station. 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, but you may register and pay in advance.
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.