When Preservation Houston was founded in 1978 as Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, historic preservation in Houston was largely the work of individuals scattered throughout the city's older neighborhoods. Preservation Houston provided an umbrella organization for like-minded people to come together to effect change.
In the 40 years since then, PH has helped promote the revitalization of historic neighborhoods, pushed for the development of a city preservation ordinance, and helped hundreds of property owners have their homes and buildings designated as city landmarks. The organization’s rich history includes anecdotes from the early days of neighborhood-based preservation, tales of midnight vigils outside endangered buildings and the broader story of the development of a preservation ethic in Houston.
Join us for a special program Tuesday evening, October 16, as historians and early PH members Minnette Boesel, Barrie Scardino Bradley, Betty Chapman and Stephen Fox explore those and other topics from Preservation Houston’s four decades in a panel discussion moderated by PH Programs Director Jim Parsons. The panelists’ memories and insights, paired with images from Preservation Houston’s archives, tell the story of how preservation in Houston has matured since the late 1970s.
Time, location and parking
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 in Fondren Hall in the Jones Youth Building at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street at Binz. The Jones building is located just north of the main sanctuary; enter from the courtyard between the buildings. Free parking is available in the St. Paul’s lot at Fannin and Binz (enter from Binz).
Admission to the program is free for Preservation Houston and Pier & Beam members and their guests. RSVP online or by phone at (713) 510-3990 by Friday, October 12.
This event is part of the Bart Truxillo Program Series, which honors the memory of pioneer preservationist and Preservation Houston co-founder Bart Truxillo. The Bart Truxillo Program Series is made possible by the generous contributions of Preservation Houston's members and friends.