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.
Today, Turner Addition contains a fascinating variety of 20th century residential architecture ranging from picturesque 1920s suburban homes to modern and postmodern townhouses from the 1970s and '80s. The tour traces the development of the neighborhood and includes work by prominent architects including William Ward Watkin, Alfred C. Finn, Howard Barnstone and Carlos Schoeppl.
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, March 13, 2016, in front of the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Boulevard. 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.
Street parking is free in the neighborhood, but be sure to observe posted parking regulations. The tour start point is also a short walk from the Museum District Station on MetroRail's Red Line.