Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour (sold out)
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour (sold out)

Please note that this tour is sold out.

Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871 on rolling, wooded land near Buffalo Bayou, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of scores of people who built Houston into the city we know today — railroad executives, bankers, politicians and architects, among many others.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

This two-hour walking tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood'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.

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History in Print featuring 'After Alden'
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'After Alden'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Few American architects have had the opportunity to design an entire city. In the early 1940s, Alden B. Dow joined their ranks when Dow Chemical expanded its Freeport plant, prompting the construction of a new town for plant employees: Lake Jackson. In addition to model home designs, Dow produced plans for schools, churches, a movie theater and commercial buildings. His city plan and modern building designs formed the basis for the area’s growth in the decades that followed.

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20th Century Main Street Architecture Walk
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

20th Century Main Street Architecture Walk

  • 929 Texas Avenue Houston, TX, 77002 United States (map)
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A walk along Main Street in downtown Houston is a walk through the city's business development and its changing architectural tastes. Our 90-minute, docent-guided tour traces Main Street's role as the center of activity for much of Houston's history, visiting early businesses and skyscrapers, retail stores, banks and the sites of its movie palaces.

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Lecture: Concrete and Steel: Reimagining the Modern
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture: Concrete and Steel: Reimagining the Modern

In this lecture, University of Houston assistant architecture professor Michael Kubo will compare two cases of research, advocacy and preservation of the modern built heritage in U.S. cities: the Brutalist buildings that transformed Boston in the 1960s and 1970s, and the modernist urban revitalization efforts in Pittsburgh during the same period.

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The Women of Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

The Women of Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

Please note that this tour is fully booked. We cannot accept walk-ups on the day of the tour.

Historic Glenwood Cemetery is known for its beauty, but the stories of the people buried there are just as compelling — especially Glenwood's women, whose legacies range from the suffrage movement to the silver screen. This tour tells the stories of some of those fascinating women and their impacts locally and nationally. Among the featured subjects are Charlotte Allen, the wife of Houston co-founder Augustus Allen; suffragists Annette Finnigan and Florence Sterling; publisher and stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby, who led the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II; and movie star Gene Tierney.

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Avondale Architecture Walk
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Avondale Architecture Walk

  • 110 Avondale Street Houston, TX, 77006 United States (map)
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Avondale, a residential neighborhood in what is now the Montrose area, was part of the first wave of Houston’s southwestern suburban expansion in the early years of the 20th century. Fashionable residential development at the time was centered on Main Street, but new neighborhoods including Westmoreland, Courtlandt Place and Avondale were drawing upscale residents away from the old South End by 1910, beginning a trend toward the suburbs that would continue for decades.

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Lecture: Cultural Sustainability in Cuba
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture: Cultural Sustainability in Cuba

William Dupont, San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio, will describe the work of the U.S. Technical Team collaborating since 2005 with Cuban colleagues to preserve Ernest Hemingway's legacy in Cuba. Among his topics will be past restoration efforts at Hemingway’s house and ongoing issues related to cultural resource management.

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History in Print featuring 'Victor Lundy: Artist Architect'
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Victor Lundy: Artist Architect'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you're looking for something new under the midcentury sun, Victor Lundy is a real find — an important yet underappreciated figure in the history of American architecture. Trained in both the Beaux Arts and Bauhaus traditions, he built an impressive practice ranging from small-scale residential and commercial buildings to expressive religious buildings and two preeminent institutional works: the U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington, D.C. (now on the National Register of Historic Places), and the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka.

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Market Square Architecture Walk
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Market Square Architecture Walk

Market Square, one of the public squares laid out in the Allen brothers’ original plan of Houston, was home to the city market and City Hall from 1841 to 1939. During that time, the square became the center of Houston’s early commercial district. Although the neighborhood declined in the mid-20th century, preservation projects have brought new uses to its historic buildings and new life to Market Square itself.

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Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk

  • 5200 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After Rice Institute and Hermann Park opened in the early 1910s, Houston's South End became an increasingly desirable neighborhood in which to live and work — and it remains one today. This 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour explores the beautiful area between Main Street and Montrose Boulevard just north of Hermann Park, including the buildings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the charming neighborhoods of Chelsea Place, Cotswold Court and Colby Court; and the imposing churches of Main Street.

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20th Century Glenwood walking tour
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

20th Century Glenwood walking tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Glenwood Cemetery is known for its splendid Victorian monuments, but there’s a more modern side to the cemetery as well. This docent-guided walking tour explores some of the newer sections of Glenwood and the lives of some of the well-known 20th century Houstonians buried there, including businessmen George and Herman Brown; cotton magnate and statesman Will Clayton; Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice University’s first president; Astrodome builder Judge Roy Hofheinz; and longtime television anchor Ron Stone. Hear their stories and discover the fascinating art and architecture of 20th century Glenwood on this all-new tour.

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Midtown Architecture Walk
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Midtown Architecture Walk

  • 1300 Holman Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The area now known as Midtown originally developed as farmland on the outskirts of Houston, then was transformed into the upscale South End residential district as the city expanded to the south around the turn of the 20th century. Over the years that followed, South End residents moved to newer suburban neighborhoods, and their grand homes were demolished to make way for office and retail buildings, apartments and parking lots. Our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour will explore the neighborhood’s history, visiting some sites that are reminders of South End glamour and others that show how Midtown is transforming itself into a modern urban residential and cultural center.

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The Women of Glenwood walking tour
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

The Women of Glenwood walking tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Historic Glenwood Cemetery is known for its beauty, but the stories of the people buried there are just as compelling — especially Glenwood's women, whose legacies range from the suffrage movement to the silver screen. This tour tells the stories of some of those fascinating women and their impacts locally and nationally. Among the featured subjects are Charlotte Allen, the wife of Houston co-founder Augustus Allen; suffragists Annette Finnigan and Florence Sterling; publisher and stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby, who led the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II; and movie star Gene Tierney.

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PH 40th Anniversary Panel
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

PH 40th Anniversary Panel

  • Fondren Hall, St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a special program Tuesday evening, October 16, as historians and early PH members Minnette Boesel, Barrie Scardino Bradley, Betty Chapman and Stephen Fox explore those and other topics from Preservation Houston’s four decades in a panel discussion moderated by PH Programs Director Jim Parsons. The panelists’ memories and insights, paired with images from Preservation Houston’s archives, tell the story of how preservation in Houston has matured since the late 1970s.

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The Green Book: African-American Travel in the Jim Crow Era
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

The Green Book: African-American Travel in the Jim Crow Era

Houstonians Toya and Reuben Levi organized the Green Book Project to document African-Americans’ experiences traveling across the U.S. under Jim Crow through photos, interviews and documentation of existing sites listed in the Green Book. The Levis will discuss the history and legacy of the Green Book, as well as some of the Houston locations listed in the guide through the years, in this illustrated lecture.

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History in Print featuring 'Lost, Texas'
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Lost, Texas'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In Lost, Texas: Photographs of Forgotten Buildings, architect and architectural photographer Bronson Dorsey takes us on a tour of abandoned buildings in Texas that evoke the mystique of bygone days and shifting population patterns. With a skilled photographer’s eye, he captures the character of these buildings — most abandoned and in a state of decay, though a handful have been repurposed as museums, residences or other functional structures.

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20th Century Glenwood walking tour
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

20th Century Glenwood walking tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Glenwood Cemetery is known for its splendid Victorian monuments, but there’s a more modern side to the cemetery as well. This docent-guided walking tour explores some of the newer sections of Glenwood and the lives of some of the well-known 20th century Houstonians buried there, including businessmen George and Herman Brown; cotton magnate and statesman Will Clayton; Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice University’s first president; Astrodome builder Judge Roy Hofheinz; and longtime television anchor Ron Stone. Hear their stories and discover the fascinating art and architecture of 20th century Glenwood on this all-new tour.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

This two-hour walking tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood'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.

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Allen's Landing Architecture Walk
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Allen's Landing Architecture Walk

Allen's Landing is sometimes called "Houston's Plymouth Rock," and with good reason: It is the spot where the city's founders, Augustus and John Kirby Allen, set foot on the land that would become Houston. Allen's Landing became the original site of the Port of Houston in 1840 and for many years was the center of trade in the city. The site fell into decline through the 20th century, but is now finding new life as link in the system of parks being developed along Buffalo Bayou's banks.

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Woodland Heights Architecture Walk
Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Woodland Heights Architecture Walk

The William A. Wilson Realty Co. began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 on 136 acres of land that was once part of John Austin's Mexican land grant. The neighborhood was one of Houston's first "streetcar suburbs" — a streetcar line ran from downtown along Houston Avenue to just outside the Woodland Heights gates, enabling working-class Houstonians to live in a lovely wooded setting and easily commute to their jobs.

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History in Print featuring 'Power Moves'
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Power Moves'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 1950, Greater Houston had just one freeway: the Gulf Freeway, the first sections of which were built immediately after World War II. Since then, more than 1,200 miles of freeways have been built in Houston and Harris County, and additional freeways are under construction. Highways have driven nearly every aspect of Houston’s postwar development, from the physical layout of the city to the political process that has transformed both the transportation network and the balance of power between the government and citizens.

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Westmoreland Architecture Walk
Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

Westmoreland Architecture Walk

  • 100 Hawthorne Street Houston, TX, 77006 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

When developer W.W. Baldwin laid out Westmoreland Place in 1902, its location — on the southwestern edge of what is now Midtown — was considered the very edge of the city. Baldwin patterned the neighborhood on the "private places" of St. Louis: small, gated developments with a central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built.

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Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour (sold out)
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour (sold out)

This tour is fully booked. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate walk-ups on the day of the tour.

Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871 on rolling, wooded land near Buffalo Bayou, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of scores of people who built Houston into the city we know today — railroad executives, bankers, politicians and architects, among many others.

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Civic Center and Theater District Architecture Walk
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Civic Center and Theater District Architecture Walk

  • Smith St at McKinney Ave Houston, TX, 77002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

When landscape architects Hare & Hare drew up plans for Houston's civic center in the late 1920s, they envisioned a group of stylistically similar Spanish-influenced buildings arranged around a public square. But those plans were derailed by the Depression, and the city's governmental and cultural center ended up developing over the next 50 years in a variety of styles with few efforts at overall planning. Today, structures in the Civic Center and the adjacent Theater District reflect not only the evolution of Houston's municipal and cultural institutions, but also changing architectural tastes.

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History in Print featuring 'Constructing Houston's Future'
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Constructing Houston's Future'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Houston architect Arthur Jones helped to design some of the city's most familiar buildings and developments, including the Astrodome, Greenway Plaza, Allen Center and Rice Stadium. Despite Jones' prolific career with the firm Lloyd Morgan Jones, his designs are often overshadowed by the big-name national architects who worked during the Bayou City's postwar boom.

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Founders Memorial Cemetery Architecture Walk
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Founders Memorial Cemetery Architecture Walk

Located in the shadow of the downtown skyscrapers, Founders Memorial Cemetery is one of the few physical links to the early days of Houston and Texas. The plot of land along the San Felipe Road (now West Dallas Avenue) began being used for burials shortly after Houston was founded in 1836, and among those who rest here are many veterans of the Texas Revolution, heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and government officials of the Republic of Texas.

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