Saturday, August 23: Glenwood Art & Architecture
Glenwood Cemetery has been one of Houston's premier garden cemeteries since it was founded in 1871. Generations of Houstonians have been buried there, and their monuments not only reflect nearly a century and a half of changing tastes but also tell us a lot about the ways previous generations lived, related to one another and remembered each other. This all-new tour will explore the design and symbolism behind some of Glenwood's extraordinary monuments and statues.
The tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 23, at Glenwood Cemetery. Advance ticket purchase is required for this tour, and tickets are available for sale online.
Sunday, September 14: Broadacres
Broadacres was among the residential neighborhoods developed near Rice University in the early 20th century. Its breathtaking oak allées and landscaping were the work of William Ward Watkin, the supervising architect of the Rice campus, and many of Houston's finest architects (John Staub, Birdsall Briscoe and Watkin among them) designed the houses that line North and South boulevards. The tour explores the architecture of these gracious homes and the stories of the oil, cotton, lumber, banking and railroad leaders who built them.
Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, September 14, in Broadacres Park at the corner of North Boulevard and Parkway.
Sunday, October 12: Downtown Mod
This joint tour with Houston Mod will weave throught the heart of downtown Houston, showcasing the historic layers of the city's iconic skyline with a special emphasis on structures built between 1940 and 1980. This tour will be part of Docomomo US' 2014 Tour Day. Advance purchase will be required for this special tour; details will be released in early September.
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.