After Rice University and Hermann Park opened in the early 1910s, Houston's South End became an increasingly desirable neighborhood. The area came to include major works by some of Houston's most prominent architects: William Ward Watkin’s Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Joseph Finger's Plaza Apartment Hotel; and Alfred C. Finn's St. Paul's United Methodist Church among them.
Preservation Houston's 90-minute guided walking tour explores the development of this neighborhood and the architecture of its landmarks, including the museum buildings along Montrose Boulevard, the charming neighborhoods of Chelsea Place, Cotswold Court and Colby Court, and the imposing churches of Main Street.
Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, in front of the Jung Center at 5200 Montrose Boulevard. Admission is $10 for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students with valid ID). Childern 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.
Street parking is free in the neighborhood, but please observe posted regulations. The tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Museum District Station. Please note that this is an exterior architecture tour only; the tour will not go inside any buildings.