Architecture Walks

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May 18: Old Sixth Ward

Explore the Old Sixth Ward, one of Houston's oldest intact residential neighborhoods, during Preservation Houston's architecture walk Sunday afternoon, May 18. When the neighborhood was developed in the late 19th century, many of its residents worked for the Houston & Texas Central Railway, which had its shops nearby. Today the Old Sixth Ward is a National Register and City of Houston historic district with a great deal to teach us about the way 19th and early 20th-century Houstonians lived.

Tourgoers will learn about the neighborhood's history and its distinctive Folk Victorian architecture and will see sites including the childhood home of cosmetics mogul Mary Kay Ash and historic St. Joseph's Catholic Church, which was rebult after the 1900 hurricane.

Please note this is an exterior architecture tour only. The tour will not go inside any of the houses. 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, May 18, in Old Sixth Ward Community Park, 1600 Lubbock Street. 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.

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: McEvine House (c. 1872). 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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