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Allen's Landing Architecture Walk

  • Allen's Landing Main St at Commerce St Houston, TX 77002 (map)

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 a link in the system of parks being developed along Buffalo Bayou's banks.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided tour tells the history of Allen's Landing and looks at historic buildings nearby, including turn-of-the-century warehouses, a former neighborhood saloon with a checkered past and the restored Willow Street Pump Station, the centerpiece of Houston's first sewer system.

Please note that this is an exterior tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings.

Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2015, at the corner of Main Street and Commerce Avenue. Admission is $10 for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students with valid ID). Those who walk, ride a bike or use public transit to get to the tour will receive a $2 discount. Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. The last tour group will leave just after 2 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.

For more information, visit our Architecture Walks page.