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Lecture: Reinventing a Texas Icon

  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

In 2016, Houston firm METALAB won the international competition to redesign the iconic barges that carry millions of visitors along San Antonio’s River Walk. Join Preservation Houston the evening of Tuesday, June 27, as we welcome architect Joe Meppelink of METALAB, who will discuss the work that went into his group's winning design.

The riverboat redesign began with an inspiration from the City of San Antonio's quatrefoil logo and drew on METALAB's previous work on the Navigation Boulevard in Houston's East End and traditional papel picado festive decorations.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 6:30 in Fondren Hall on the second floor of the Jones Youth Building at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street at Binz. Free parking will be available in the St. Paul's lot at the corner of Fannin and Binz, directly east of the church (enter from Binz). The Jones Youth Building is located just north of the main church building. Accessible parking is located between the Jones Building and the sanctuary; enter from Fannin. St. Paul's is a short walk from the Museum District station on MetroRail's Red Line.

Admission to the lecture is free for Preservation Houston/Pier & Beam members and for members of St. Paul's UMC. General admission is $5.

This lecture is part of the Bart Truxillo Program Series, honoring pioneering Houston preservationist and Preservation Houston co-founder Bart Truxillo. The Truxillo Program Series is made possible through the generous contributions of Preservation Houston members and friends.