Upcoming Tours

Saturday, November 22: Historic Glenwood Cemetery (sold out)

Located on rolling land near Buffalo Bayou with glorious trees and landscaping, as well as elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary, historic Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of some of Houston's most famous citizens, including philanthropist George Hermann; Texas Governor and Humble Oil co-founder Ross Sterling; oil wildcatter Glenn McCarthy; movie star Gene Tierney; and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Our tour explores the unforgettable stories of the men and women buried here as well as Glenwood's beautiful landscape and elaborate monuments. Please note that this tour is sold out and walk-ups will not be accepted on the day of the tour.

Sunday, January 11, 2015: The Town of Houston

Houston in the late 1830s was a boomtown. The capital of the Republic of Texas was also the young country's newest city and a magnet for immigrants from the United States and abroad. All of the earliest homes and public buildings built by those first Houstonians have been lost to age, development, fires and natural disasters, but there are still reminders of the early city if you know where to look — and on January 11, Preservation Houston's docent-led walking tour will point them out.

Saturday, February 28, 2015: Glenwood Art & Architecture

The two-hour tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood Cemetery's outstanding monuments, which range from elaborate Victorian obelisks and angels to crisp, modern compositions. Along the way, docents will explain the symbolism and stories behind the monuments and will discuss the lives of Houstonians both famous and forgotten who commissioned them. Advance ticket purchase is required for this tour; you can buy your tickets online here.

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. (5:30 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 are not required for monthly Architecture Walks unless specifically noted.

We also offer quarterly walking tours of Glenwood Cemetery (reservations are required for Glenwood 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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