Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk
Apr
9
2:00 pm14:00

Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk

  • Jung Center

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. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour explores the beautiful area between Main Street and Montrose Boulevard just north of the 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. Along the way, we'll see work from William Ward Watkin, Joseph Finger, MacKie & Kamrath and Carlos Jiménez, as well as Finger's own home on Portland Place, a largely intact 1920s residential street.

The Women of Glenwood walking tour
May
27
10:00 am10:00

The Women of Glenwood walking tour

  • Glenwood Cemetery

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.

Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour
Aug
26
10:00 am10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour

  • Glenwood Cemetery

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.

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour
Nov
25
10:00 am10:00

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour

  • Glenwood Cemetery

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

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.


Downtown East Architecture Walk
Mar
12
2:00 pm14:00

Downtown East Architecture Walk

  • Union Station

The section of downtown east of Main Street is a study in change. Early in Houston’s history, it was home to Quality Hill, the city’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. The area turned commercial after the turn of the 20th century thanks to an expanding business district and the construction of Union Station in 1911. Large-scale redevelopment projects including Houston Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center drastically altered the area in the late 1900s, and today, east downtown is an intriguing mix of small commercial buildings, early skyscrapers and gleaming modern office towers and hotels.

The Cornerstone Dinner presenting the 2017 Good Brick Awards
Mar
3
7:00 pm19:00

The Cornerstone Dinner presenting the 2017 Good Brick Awards

  • River Oaks Country Club

Join Preservation Houston on Friday evening, March 3, 2017, when the Cornerstone Dinner presents “Building the History of Houston through Great Architecture” at River Oaks Country Club. The 2017 Cornerstone Dinner will be an elegant evening that combines the themes of history and the importance of historic preservation with the unique story of Houston as told through our exceptional architectural heritage.

20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

  • Glenwood Cemetery

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.

University of Houston Architecture Walk
Feb
12
2:00 pm14:00

University of Houston Architecture Walk

  • University of Houston (Entrance 16)

"Houston's University" was founded in 1927 as a night school meeting in borrowed rooms, but it quickly grew into a four-year university and is now a major urban research institution. Our 90-minute docent-guided tour of the UH campus traces the university's history and the people who made the school what it is today, including oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, its great benefactor.

January Pier & Beam Happy Hour
Jan
24
6:00 pm18:00

January Pier & Beam Happy Hour

  • Lucille's

Join Pier & Beam — Preservation Houston's next-generation member group — for its January Happy Hour on Wednesday evening, January 18, at Lucille's5512 La Branch in the Museum District. P&B happy hours are a great way to catch up with Pier & Beam members, meet new people and have a much-needed drink (or three) in a historic location. They're open not only to Pier & Beam members, but also to prospective members; if you're 21-45 and passionate about Houston's architecture and history, please drop by.

Beth Israel Cemetery Architecture Walk
Jan
8
2:00 pm14:00

Beth Israel Cemetery Architecture Walk

  • Beth Israel Cemetery

When Beth Israel Cemetery was established in 1844, Houston was still a frontier village — in fact, the cemetery was located well out of town on the San Felipe Road (now West Dallas Avenue). Over the years, Houston has grown up around Beth Israel, and today, the cemetery is not only one of the city's most historic, but also the oldest Jewish institution in Texas.

History in Print featuring 'Material Culture of German Texans'
Dec
13
6:30 pm18:30

History in Print featuring 'Material Culture of German Texans'

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church

From the days of the Republic, German immigrants left a distinctive mark on the architecture and lifeways of Texas that is still evident today. In his award-winning book, Kenneth Hafertepe shares a decade of research examining how German culture was adapted to everyday life in rural, small-town and urban settings from East Texas to the Hill Country.

Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (sold out)
Nov
26
10:00 am10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (sold out)

  • Glenwood Cemetery

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.

Downtown's Historic Waterfront Architecture Walk
Nov
13
2:00 pm14:00

Downtown's Historic Waterfront Architecture Walk

  • Allen's Landing Park

Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston was teeming with activity at the turn of the 20th century, from the wharves of the Port of Houston at Allen's Landing to the produce wholesalers, warehouses, breweries and factories that lined its banks. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour looks at the bayou's crucial role in Houston's development and explores the remnants of some of the old development nearby, including what's left of the Houston Ice & Brewing Company, a major industrial concern in the early 1900s.

History in Print featuring 'The Other Great Migration'
Oct
20
6:30 pm18:30

History in Print featuring 'The Other Great Migration'

  • Fondren Hall, St. Paul's UMC

The 20th century saw two great waves of African-American migration from the countryside into the city, changing not only the nation's demographics, but its culture as well. Join Preservation Houston on Thursday evening, October 20, as author and historian Bernadette Pruitt tells the story of The Other Great Migration as part of Preservation Houston's History in Print author series.

Warehouse District Architecture Walk
Oct
9
2:00 pm14:00

Warehouse District Architecture Walk

  • Willow Street Pump Station

The Warehouse District grew up near two important modes of transportation in early Houston: the original Port of Houston at Allen's Landing and the hub of the many rail lines that served the city. Though the city's industrial base is long gone, many reminders of Victorian industry remain in the area, including historic warehouses and the Willow Street Pump Station, centerpiece of the city's first sewer system.

Modern Downtown Architecture Walk
Sep
11
6:00 pm18:00

Modern Downtown Architecture Walk

  • 909 Fannin Street Houston, TX, 77010 United States

From glittering postmodern skyscrapers by Philip Johnson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to gems from local architects including Lloyd, Morgan & Jones, downtown Houston’s postwar skyline is a chronicle of the city’s phenomenal 20th-century growth. This tour will explore downtown buildings from 1940-1990, discussing the architecture of Houston's signature towers while touching on regional modernism, preservation challenges and ways that the United States' largest unzoned central business district has developed through the years.

 Historic Glenwood Cemetery walking tour (sold out)
Aug
27
10:00 am10:00

Historic Glenwood Cemetery walking tour (sold out)

  • Glenwood Cemetery

Sorry, this tour is completely 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.

Woodland Heights Architecture Walk
Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

Woodland Heights Architecture Walk

  • 3311 Beauchamp Street Houston, TX, 77009 United States

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.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour of Woodland Heights discussed several 20th century architectural styles found in the neighborhood, including the foursquare, cottage and bungalow, and highlights the live oak trees Wilson planted in 1907, which have matured into lush canopies over Woodland Heights' streets.

History in Print featuring 'BIG Little House'
Jul
12
6:30 pm18:30

History in Print featuring 'BIG Little House'

  • Fondren Hall, St. Paul's UMC

As Houston experiences increasingly dense development and rising housing costs, could the future of our neighborhoods include a step back to small houses?

During her presentation, author Donna Kacmar will demonstrate that small dwellings (under 1,000 square feet) are not just down-sized versions of big houses. Thoughtfully designed small houses can be integrated into their surroundings and reflect the priorities of the people who live in them. Using exceptional examples from around the country, Kacmar will offer insights for anyone interested in small-scale projects and illustrate how building small can be a deliberate design strategy in its own right.

Westmoreland Architecture Walk
Jul
10
6:00 pm18:00

Westmoreland Architecture Walk

  • 100 Hawthorne Street Houston, TX, 77006 United States

W.W. Baldwin developed Westmoreland Place in 1902 on what was then Houston's southwestern edge. The neighborhood was the city's first patterned after the "private place" neighborhoods of St. Louis: small, gated developments with a central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built.

University of Houston Architecture Walk
Jun
12
6:00 pm18:00

University of Houston Architecture Walk

  • University of Houston

"Houston's University" was founded in 1927 as a night school meeting in borrowed rooms, but it quickly grew into a four-year university and is now a major urban research institution. Our 90-minute docent-guided tour of the UH campus traces the university's history and the people who made the school what it is today, including oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, its great benefactor.

20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
May
28
10:00 am10:00

20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

  • Glenwood Cemetery

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.

Broadacres Architecture Walk
May
15
2:00 pm14:00

Broadacres Architecture Walk

  • 1200 North Boulevard Houston, TX, 77006 United States

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.

2016 Good Brick Tour
Apr
30
May 1

2016 Good Brick Tour

Join Preservation Houston for a unique insider's look at a selection of current and former Good Brick Award-winning restoration projects during the 2016 Good Brick Tour, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1.

The Good Brick Tour is your chance to explore these outstanding examples of historic preservation and to meet the property owners, architects and designers who guided them. Admission to the tour includes entry to all features locations on both tour dates.

Civic Center and Theater District Architecture Walk
Apr
10
2:00 pm14:00

Civic Center and Theater District Architecture Walk

  • Smith at McKinney Houston TX 77002

Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour will explore the history and development of the Civic Center and Theater District downtown, visiting landmarks that include Ralph Adams Cram's Julia Ideson library building; Joseph Finger's Art Deco City Hall; Tranquillity Park, designed by Charles Tapley to commemorate the 1969 moon landing; and the recently renovated Alley Theatre, a 1968 design by Ulrich Franzen.

Turner Addition Architecture Walk
Mar
13
2:00 pm14:00

Turner Addition Architecture Walk

  • 5200 Montrose Boulevard Houston, TX, 77006 United States

The story of Turner Addition began in 1871 when Nathaniel P. Turner platted the neighborhood more than two miles outside the Houston city limit, apparently anticipating that the city's growth would soon fill the gap between his subdivision and civilization. As it turned out, development in Turner Addition didn't begin until the late 1910s, when an extension of Montrose Boulevard finally linked it with the rest of Houston. In the years that followed, the neighborhood became a desirable suburban enclave.

A banner event: Celebrating Houston's first flag
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

A banner event: Celebrating Houston's first flag

  • Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library

In 1915, the growing city of Houston celebrated Independence Day by introducing its new municipal flag. Designed by retired railroad employee W.A. Wheeldon, the banner featured "one lone white star, floating in a sea of azure blue and bearing on its surface the original seal of the city of Houston."

A century later, Preservation Houston invites you to a special event where we will donate the restored prototype of the flag to the city of Houston, which plans to put it on permanent display in the historic Julia Ideson library building, 550 McKinney Avenue. The event, which will begin in the auditorium of the Ideson Building shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, is free and open to the public.

The Women of Glenwood walking tour (SOLD OUT)
Feb
27
10:00 am10:00

The Women of Glenwood walking tour (SOLD OUT)

  • Glenwood Cemetery

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.

University of St. Thomas/Menil Architecture Walk
Feb
14
2:00 pm14:00

University of St. Thomas/Menil Architecture Walk

  • University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas broke with tradition when it hired Philip Johnson to design its new campus in 1956. And though Johnson took inspiration for his buildings at UST from the modern architecture of Mies van der Rohe, his campus plan was influenced by something much older: Thomas Jefferson's 1818 design for the University of Virginia.

Our tour focuses on the development of the university's campus and the buildings of the adjacent Menil campus, which include Eugene Aubry's Rothko Chapel and Renzo Piano's Menil Collection and Twombly Gallery. We'll also visit Hughes House, the boyhood home of Howard Hughes Jr., and Johnson's Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas, one of the most unique worship spaces in Houston.

Preservation in Practice: Restoring the 1931 Jefferson County Courthouse
Jan
20
6:30 pm18:30

Preservation in Practice: Restoring the 1931 Jefferson County Courthouse

  • Fondren Hall, St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Architects Gerald Moorhead and Sandra Bauder will discuss their work restoring the 1931 Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont. Though most classic Texas courthouses date from the Victorian era, Jefferson County’s is an outstanding exception. Bonds were issued for the Art Deco skyscraper just weeks before the 1929 stock market crash and the building was completed during the Great Depression. Ornate modernistic fixtures decorate the interior, while classically inspired detailing distinguishes the exterior. Beaumont architects Fred C. Stone and A. Babin designed the courthouse.

Downtown East Architecture Walk
Jan
10
2:00 pm14:00

Downtown East Architecture Walk

The section of downtown east of Main Street is a study in change. Early in Houston’s history, it was home to Quality Hill, the city’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. That changed after the turn of the 20th century thanks to an expanding business district and the construction of Union Station in 1911. Large-scale redevelopment projects including Houston Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center drastically changed the area in the late 1900s; today, east downtown is an intriguing mix of small commercial buildings, early skyscrapers and gleaming modern office towers and hotels.

Our all-new 90-minute docent-guided walking tour will trace the history of the area through architecture old and new, ranging from historic structures such as Union Station and the 1915 Texas Company Building to new developments like Discovery Green, which has been a catalyst for nearly $2 billion in new construction. Along the way, we’ll discuss some of the neighborhood’s hidden stories as well, helping to put this often-overlooked area in context in Houston’s history.

Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (SOLD OUT)
Nov
28
10:00 am10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (SOLD OUT)

  • Glenwood Cemetery

Sorry, this tour is fully booked.

This two-hour walking tour of Glenwood Cemetery 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.

Architecture Walk: Downtown's Evolving Skyline
Nov
15
2:00 pm14:00

Architecture Walk: Downtown's Evolving Skyline

  • Main Street at Texas Avenue

When the Binz Building opened in 1895, Houstonians flocked there to see what the world looked like from the top floor — six stories above the street. And although the city's skyline has changed a great deal since then, Houston's fascination with the skyscraper hasn't. This tour explores the changes in downtown Houston's skyline during the past 100 years through buildings like 806 Main, called "Carter's Folly" when it was completed in 1910 because some locals thought a 16-story building couldn't stand on its own, and Philip Johnson's groundbreaking Pennzoil Place, which set the stage for the postmodern skyline of the 1980s.