Sunday, November 9: Courthouse District
As large as it is, Houston shares a feature with dozens of smaller towns across Texas: a courthouse square. Our tour explores the neighborhood that grew up around Courthouse Square beginning in the city's earliest days and includes the interesting and often amusing history of county government and stories of Quality Hill, the elite residential area that existed east and south of the square from the 1840s to the early 1900s. Some of downtown Houston's oldest buildings remain standing on the blocks surrounding the magnificent 1910 Harris County Courthouse, and on this tour, we discuss projects that have brought them new life — including the $50 million restoration of the courthouse itself.
Saturday, November 22: Historic Glenwood Cemetery
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. Advance ticket purchase is required for this your; buy yours online now.
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.