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Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871 on rolling, wooded land near Buffalo Bayou, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of scores of people who built Houston into the city we know today — railroad executives, bankers, politicians and architects, among many others.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

This two-hour walking tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood's outstanding monuments, which range from elaborate Victorian obelisks and angels to crisp, modern compositions. Along the way, docents will explain the symbolism and stories behind the monuments and will discuss the lives of Houstonians both famous and forgotten who commissioned them.

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20th Century Glenwood walking tour
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

20th Century Glenwood walking tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Glenwood Cemetery is known for its splendid Victorian monuments, but there’s a more modern side to the cemetery as well. This docent-guided walking tour explores some of the newer sections of Glenwood and the lives of some of the well-known 20th century Houstonians buried there, including businessmen George and Herman Brown; cotton magnate and statesman Will Clayton; Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice University’s first president; Astrodome builder Judge Roy Hofheinz; and longtime television anchor Ron Stone. Hear their stories and discover the fascinating art and architecture of 20th century Glenwood on this all-new tour.

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The Women of Glenwood walking tour
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

The Women of Glenwood walking tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

istoric Glenwood Cemetery is known for its beauty, but the stories of the people buried there are just as compelling — especially Glenwood's women, whose legacies range from the suffrage movement to the silver screen. This tour tells the stories of some of those fascinating women and their impacts locally and nationally. Among the featured subjects are Charlotte Allen, the wife of Houston co-founder Augustus Allen; suffragists Annette Finnigan and Florence Sterling; publisher and stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby, who led the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II; and movie star Gene Tierney.

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Founders Memorial Cemetery Architecture Walk
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Founders Memorial Cemetery Architecture Walk

Located in the shadow of the downtown skyscrapers, Founders Memorial Cemetery is one of the few physical links to the early days of Houston and Texas. The plot of land along the San Felipe Road (now West Dallas Avenue) began being used for burials shortly after Houston was founded in 1836, and among those who rest here are many veterans of the Texas Revolution, heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and government officials of the Republic of Texas.

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Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Located on rolling land near Buffalo Bayou with glorious trees and landscaping, as well as elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary, historic Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of some of Houston's most famous citizens, including philanthropist George Hermann; Texas Governor and Humble Oil co-founder Ross Sterling; oil wildcatter Glenn McCarthy; movie star Gene Tierney; and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Our tour explores the unforgettable stories of the men and women buried here as well as Glenwood's beautiful landscape and elaborate monuments.

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Shadow Lawn & Waverly Court Architecture Walk
Nov
12
2:00 PM14:00

Shadow Lawn & Waverly Court Architecture Walk

  • 7 Shadow Lawn Street Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)
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The area now known as the Museum District became one of the most fashionable parts of Houston in the 1920s thanks to the opening of Rice University, Hermann Park and the Museum of Fine Arts. As the area developed, swathes of prairie were divided into upscale neighborhoods that remain desirable nearly a century later. This all-new docent-led walking tour will explore two of those neighborhoods: Shadow Lawn and Waverly Court.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour (sold out)
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture Walking Tour (sold out)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

This two-hour walking tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood's outstanding monuments, which range from elaborate Victorian obelisks and angels to crisp, modern compositions. Along the way, docents will explain the symbolism and stories behind the monuments and will discuss the lives of Houstonians both famous and forgotten who commissioned them.

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Turner Addition Architecture Walk
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

Turner Addition Architecture Walk

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.

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Old Sixth Ward Architecture Walk
Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

Old Sixth Ward Architecture Walk

The Old Sixth Ward, one of Houston's most beloved historic neighborhoods, was settled in the mid-19th century. The principal developer was W.R. Baker, Houston mayor and president of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad, and many of the neighborhood's early residents were railroad workers who decorated their cottages with hand-cut Victorian ornamentation. Today, their homes make up one of the most intact 19th century neighborhoods in the city.

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Rice University Architecture Walk
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Rice University Architecture Walk

The campus of Rice University is one of the most beautiful spots in Houston thanks to the Mediterranean-influenced designs of Boston architects Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, who were responsible for the university's master plan and the earliest buildings on the campus. Our tour visits the historic heart of the campus and also includes some of Rice's newest buildings, tracing the evolution of the original campus architecture.

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The Women of Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
May
27
10:00 AM10:00

The Women of Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

Sorry, this tour is completely sold out. We cannot accommodate walk-ups on the day of the tour.

Historic Glenwood Cemetery is known for its beauty, but the stories of the people buried there are just as compelling — especially Glenwood's women, whose legacies range from the suffrage movement to the silver screen. This tour tells the stories of some of those fascinating women and their impacts locally and nationally. Among the featured subjects are Charlotte Allen, the wife of Houston co-founder Augustus Allen; suffragists Annette Finnigan and Florence Sterling; publisher and stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby, who led the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II; and movie star Gene Tierney.

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20th Century Main Street Architecture Walk
May
7
2:00 PM14:00

20th Century Main Street Architecture Walk

  • Main Street at Texas Avenue Houston, TX 77002 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A walk along Main Street in downtown Houston is a walk through the city's business development and its changing architectural tastes. This 90-minute docent-guided tour traces Main Street's role as the center of activity for much of Houston's history, visiting early businesses and skyscrapers, retail stores, banks and the sites of its movie palaces.

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Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk
Apr
9
2:00 PM14:00

Main Street and Montrose Boulevard Architecture Walk

After Rice Institute and Hermann Park opened in the early 1910s, Houston's South End became an increasingly desirable neighborhood in which to live and work — and it remains one today. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour explores the beautiful area between Main Street and Montrose Boulevard just north of the park, including the buildings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the charming neighborhoods of Chelsea Place, Cotswold Court and Colby Court; and the imposing churches of Main Street. Along the way, we'll see work from William Ward Watkin, Joseph Finger, MacKie & Kamrath and Carlos Jiménez, as well as Finger's own home on Portland Place, a largely intact 1920s residential street.

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Downtown East Architecture Walk
Mar
12
2:00 PM14:00

Downtown East Architecture Walk

The section of downtown east of Main Street is a study in change. Early in Houston’s history, it was home to Quality Hill, the city’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. The area turned commercial after the turn of the 20th century thanks to an expanding business district and the construction of Union Station in 1911. Large-scale redevelopment projects including Houston Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center drastically altered the area in the late 1900s, and today, east downtown is an intriguing mix of small commercial buildings, early skyscrapers and gleaming modern office towers and hotels.

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20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Glenwood Cemetery is known for its splendid Victorian monuments, but there’s a more modern side to the cemetery as well. This docent-guided walking tour explores some of the newer sections of Glenwood and the lives of some of the well-known 20th century Houstonians buried there, including businessmen George and Herman Brown; cotton magnate and statesman Will Clayton; Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice University’s first president; Astrodome builder Judge Roy Hofheinz; and longtime television anchor Ron Stone. Hear their stories and discover the fascinating art and architecture of 20th century Glenwood on this all-new tour.

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University of Houston Architecture Walk
Feb
12
2:00 PM14:00

University of Houston Architecture Walk

  • University of Houston (Entrance 16) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Houston's University" was founded in 1927 as a night school meeting in borrowed rooms, but it quickly grew into a four-year university and is now a major urban research institution. Our 90-minute docent-guided tour of the UH campus traces the university's history and the people who made the school what it is today, including oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, its great benefactor.

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Beth Israel Cemetery Architecture Walk
Jan
8
2:00 PM14:00

Beth Israel Cemetery Architecture Walk

When Beth Israel Cemetery was established in 1844, Houston was still a frontier village — in fact, the cemetery was located well out of town on the San Felipe Road (now West Dallas Avenue). Over the years, Houston has grown up around Beth Israel, and today, the cemetery is not only one of the city's most historic, but also the oldest Jewish institution in Texas.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (sold out)
Nov
26
10:00 AM10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (sold out)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

This two-hour walking tour traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood's outstanding monuments, which range from elaborate Victorian obelisks and angels to crisp, modern compositions. Along the way, docents will explain the symbolism and stories behind the monuments and will discuss the lives of Houstonians both famous and forgotten who commissioned them.

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Downtown's Historic Waterfront Architecture Walk
Nov
13
2:00 PM14:00

Downtown's Historic Waterfront Architecture Walk

Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston was teeming with activity at the turn of the 20th century, from the wharves of the Port of Houston at Allen's Landing to the produce wholesalers, warehouses, breweries and factories that lined its banks. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour looks at the bayou's crucial role in Houston's development and explores the remnants of some of the old development nearby, including what's left of the Houston Ice & Brewing Company, a major industrial concern in the early 1900s.

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Warehouse District Architecture Walk
Oct
9
2:00 PM14:00

Warehouse District Architecture Walk

The Warehouse District grew up near two important modes of transportation in early Houston: the original Port of Houston at Allen's Landing and the hub of the many rail lines that served the city. Though the city's industrial base is long gone, many reminders of Victorian industry remain in the area, including historic warehouses and the Willow Street Pump Station, centerpiece of the city's first sewer system.

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Modern Downtown Architecture Walk
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Modern Downtown Architecture Walk

  • 909 Fannin Street Houston, TX, 77010 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From glittering postmodern skyscrapers by Philip Johnson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to gems from local architects including Lloyd, Morgan & Jones, downtown Houston’s postwar skyline is a chronicle of the city’s phenomenal 20th-century growth. This tour will explore downtown buildings from 1940-1990, discussing the architecture of Houston's signature towers while touching on regional modernism, preservation challenges and ways that the United States' largest unzoned central business district has developed through the years.

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 Historic Glenwood Cemetery walking tour (sold out)
Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Glenwood Cemetery walking tour (sold out)

Sorry, this tour is completely sold out.

Located on rolling land near Buffalo Bayou with glorious trees and landscaping, as well as elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary, historic Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of some of Houston's most famous citizens, including philanthropist George Hermann; Texas Governor and Humble Oil co-founder Ross Sterling; oil wildcatter Glenn McCarthy; movie star Gene Tierney; and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Our tour explores the unforgettable stories of the men and women buried here as well as Glenwood's beautiful landscape and elaborate monuments.

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Woodland Heights Architecture Walk
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Woodland Heights Architecture Walk

  • 3311 Beauchamp Street Houston, TX, 77009 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The William A. Wilson Realty Co. began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 on 136 acres of land that was once part of John Austin's Mexican land grant. The neighborhood was one of Houston's first "streetcar suburbs" — a streetcar line ran from downtown along Houston Avenue to just outside the Woodland Heights gates, enabling working-class Houstonians to live in a lovely wooded setting and easily commute to their jobs.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour of Woodland Heights discussed several 20th century architectural styles found in the neighborhood, including the foursquare, cottage and bungalow, and highlights the live oak trees Wilson planted in 1907, which have matured into lush canopies over Woodland Heights' streets.

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Westmoreland Architecture Walk
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Westmoreland Architecture Walk

  • 100 Hawthorne Street Houston, TX, 77006 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

W.W. Baldwin developed Westmoreland Place in 1902 on what was then Houston's southwestern edge. The neighborhood was the city's first patterned after the "private place" neighborhoods of St. Louis: small, gated developments with a central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built.

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University of Houston Architecture Walk
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

University of Houston Architecture Walk

"Houston's University" was founded in 1927 as a night school meeting in borrowed rooms, but it quickly grew into a four-year university and is now a major urban research institution. Our 90-minute docent-guided tour of the UH campus traces the university's history and the people who made the school what it is today, including oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, its great benefactor.

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20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)
May
28
10:00 AM10:00

20th Century Glenwood walking tour (sold out)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Glenwood Cemetery is known for its splendid Victorian monuments, but there’s a more modern side to the cemetery as well. This docent-guided walking tour explores some of the newer sections of Glenwood and the lives of some of the well-known 20th century Houstonians buried there, including businessmen George and Herman Brown; cotton magnate and statesman Will Clayton; Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice University’s first president; Astrodome builder Judge Roy Hofheinz; and longtime television anchor Ron Stone. Hear their stories and discover the fascinating art and architecture of 20th century Glenwood on this all-new tour.

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Broadacres Architecture Walk
May
15
2:00 PM14:00

Broadacres Architecture Walk

  • 1200 North Boulevard Houston, TX, 77006 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Broadacres was among the residential neighborhoods developed near Rice University in the early 20th century. Its breathtaking oak allées and landscaping were the work of William Ward Watkin, the supervising architect of the Rice campus, and many of Houston's finest architects (John Staub, Birdsall Briscoe and Watkin among them) designed the houses that line North and South boulevards.

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Civic Center and Theater District Architecture Walk
Apr
10
2:00 PM14:00

Civic Center and Theater District Architecture Walk

Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour will explore the history and development of the Civic Center and Theater District downtown, visiting landmarks that include Ralph Adams Cram's Julia Ideson library building; Joseph Finger's Art Deco City Hall; Tranquillity Park, designed by Charles Tapley to commemorate the 1969 moon landing; and the recently renovated Alley Theatre, a 1968 design by Ulrich Franzen.

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Turner Addition Architecture Walk
Mar
13
2:00 PM14:00

Turner Addition Architecture Walk

  • 5200 Montrose Boulevard Houston, TX, 77006 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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The Women of Glenwood walking tour (SOLD OUT)
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

The Women of Glenwood walking tour (SOLD OUT)

Please note that advance ticket purchase is required for this tour.

Historic Glenwood Cemetery is known for its beauty, but the stories of the people buried there are just as compelling — especially Glenwood's women, whose legacies range from the suffrage movement to the silver screen. This tour tells the stories of some of those fascinating women and their impacts locally and nationally. Among the featured subjects are Charlotte Allen, the wife of Houston co-founder Augustus Allen; suffragists Annette Finnigan and Florence Sterling; publisher and stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby, who led the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II; and movie star Gene Tierney.

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University of St. Thomas/Menil Architecture Walk
Feb
14
2:00 PM14:00

University of St. Thomas/Menil Architecture Walk

The University of St. Thomas broke with tradition when it hired Philip Johnson to design its new campus in 1956. And though Johnson took inspiration for his buildings at UST from the modern architecture of Mies van der Rohe, his campus plan was influenced by something much older: Thomas Jefferson's 1818 design for the University of Virginia.

Our tour focuses on the development of the university's campus and the buildings of the adjacent Menil campus, which include Eugene Aubry's Rothko Chapel and Renzo Piano's Menil Collection and Twombly Gallery. We'll also visit Hughes House, the boyhood home of Howard Hughes Jr., and Johnson's Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas, one of the most unique worship spaces in Houston.

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Downtown East Architecture Walk
Jan
10
2:00 PM14:00

Downtown East Architecture Walk

The section of downtown east of Main Street is a study in change. Early in Houston’s history, it was home to Quality Hill, the city’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. That changed after the turn of the 20th century thanks to an expanding business district and the construction of Union Station in 1911. Large-scale redevelopment projects including Houston Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center drastically changed the area in the late 1900s; today, east downtown is an intriguing mix of small commercial buildings, early skyscrapers and gleaming modern office towers and hotels.

Our all-new 90-minute docent-guided walking tour will trace the history of the area through architecture old and new, ranging from historic structures such as Union Station and the 1915 Texas Company Building to new developments like Discovery Green, which has been a catalyst for nearly $2 billion in new construction. Along the way, we’ll discuss some of the neighborhood’s hidden stories as well, helping to put this often-overlooked area in context in Houston’s history.

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Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (SOLD OUT)
Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

Glenwood Art & Architecture walking tour (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, this tour is fully booked.

This two-hour walking tour of Glenwood Cemetery traces the changing tastes and the varied social and personal motivations reflected in some of Glenwood's outstanding monuments, which range from elaborate Victorian obelisks and angels to crisp, modern compositions. Along the way, docents will explain the symbolism and stories behind the monuments and will discuss the lives of Houstonians both famous and forgotten who commissioned them.

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