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Lecture: Concrete and Steel: Reimagining the Modern
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture: Concrete and Steel: Reimagining the Modern

In this lecture, University of Houston assistant architecture professor Michael Kubo will compare two cases of research, advocacy and preservation of the modern built heritage in U.S. cities: the Brutalist buildings that transformed Boston in the 1960s and 1970s, and the modernist urban revitalization efforts in Pittsburgh during the same period.

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Lecture: Cultural Sustainability in Cuba
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture: Cultural Sustainability in Cuba

William Dupont, San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio, will describe the work of the U.S. Technical Team collaborating since 2005 with Cuban colleagues to preserve Ernest Hemingway's legacy in Cuba. Among his topics will be past restoration efforts at Hemingway’s house and ongoing issues related to cultural resource management.

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History in Print featuring 'Victor Lundy: Artist Architect'
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Victor Lundy: Artist Architect'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you're looking for something new under the midcentury sun, Victor Lundy is a real find — an important yet underappreciated figure in the history of American architecture. Trained in both the Beaux Arts and Bauhaus traditions, he built an impressive practice ranging from small-scale residential and commercial buildings to expressive religious buildings and two preeminent institutional works: the U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington, D.C. (now on the National Register of Historic Places), and the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka.

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PH 40th Anniversary Panel
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

PH 40th Anniversary Panel

  • Fondren Hall, St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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The Green Book: African-American Travel in the Jim Crow Era
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

The Green Book: African-American Travel in the Jim Crow Era

Houstonians Toya and Reuben Levi organized the Green Book Project to document African-Americans’ experiences traveling across the U.S. under Jim Crow through photos, interviews and documentation of existing sites listed in the Green Book. The Levis will discuss the history and legacy of the Green Book, as well as some of the Houston locations listed in the guide through the years, in this illustrated lecture.

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History in Print featuring 'Lost, Texas'
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Lost, Texas'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In Lost, Texas: Photographs of Forgotten Buildings, architect and architectural photographer Bronson Dorsey takes us on a tour of abandoned buildings in Texas that evoke the mystique of bygone days and shifting population patterns. With a skilled photographer’s eye, he captures the character of these buildings — most abandoned and in a state of decay, though a handful have been repurposed as museums, residences or other functional structures.

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History in Print featuring 'Power Moves'
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Power Moves'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 1950, Greater Houston had just one freeway: the Gulf Freeway, the first sections of which were built immediately after World War II. Since then, more than 1,200 miles of freeways have been built in Houston and Harris County, and additional freeways are under construction. Highways have driven nearly every aspect of Houston’s postwar development, from the physical layout of the city to the political process that has transformed both the transportation network and the balance of power between the government and citizens.

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History in Print featuring 'Constructing Houston's Future'
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Constructing Houston's Future'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Houston architect Arthur Jones helped to design some of the city's most familiar buildings and developments, including the Astrodome, Greenway Plaza, Allen Center and Rice Stadium. Despite Jones' prolific career with the firm Lloyd Morgan Jones, his designs are often overshadowed by the big-name national architects who worked during the Bayou City's postwar boom.

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Operation Photo Rescue copy sessions
Dec
9
to Dec 10

Operation Photo Rescue copy sessions

Preservation Houston is partnering in a special program with Operation Photo Rescue (OPR) to reclaim family photos damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

PH is accepting appointments to submit photos for restoration. Appointments are required and are limited to one per household. Because of the incredible number of photos damaged during Harvey, OPR will accept a maximum of ten (10) photographs per household. There is no charge for this service.

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History in Print featuring ‘Architecture That Speaks’
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring ‘Architecture That Speaks’

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Between 1928 and 1933, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas — later Texas A&M University — saw its campus transformed through the construction of 10 remarkable buildings developed under a master plan by college architect Frederick Giesecke and designed by Samuel Charles Phelps Vosper. The buildings, all of which survive, still delight the senses with color, sculpture and wit.

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History in Print featuring 'DFW Deco'
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'DFW Deco'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Texas isn't known for its Art Deco design, but the Lone Star State has more than its share — particularly in North Texas, where cotton, cattle and oil combined to create a rich variety of modernistic buildings, artwork and monuments in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Preservation Houston's David Bush and Jim Parsons explore the region's Deco treasures in DFW Deco: Modernistic Architecture of North Texas, the pair's fourth book chronicling Art Deco in the Lone Star State.

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History in Print featuring 'Pleasant Bend'
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Pleasant Bend'

  • Proler Chapel, Congregation Emanu El (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Tuesday, August 8, hear stories of Harris County's pioneer beginnings when Dan Worrall, the author of Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century, explains how a sluggish body of water and a rugged trail stirred an economic engine. Roughly following the route of today's San Felipe Road, the trail carried cotton from plantations along the Brazos and Colorado rivers across seemingly endless tallgrass prairie to Houston's port on Buffalo Bayou for shipment to the wider world. After Emancipation, African American families from those same plantations made their way east on the San Felipe Trail to begin new lives in Houston's Freedmen's Town.

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Lecture: Reinventing a Texas Icon
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Lecture: Reinventing a Texas Icon

In 2016, Houston firm METALAB won the international competition to redesign the iconic barges that carry millions of visitors along San Antonio’s Riverwalk. 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.

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The Cornerstone Dinner presenting the 2017 Good Brick Awards
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Cornerstone Dinner presenting the 2017 Good Brick Awards

Join Preservation Houston on Friday evening, March 3, 2017, when the Cornerstone Dinner presents “Building the History of Houston through Great Architecture” at River Oaks Country Club. The 2017 Cornerstone Dinner will be an elegant evening that combines the themes of history and the importance of historic preservation with the unique story of Houston as told through our exceptional architectural heritage.

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January Pier & Beam Happy Hour
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

January Pier & Beam Happy Hour

Join Pier & Beam — Preservation Houston's next-generation member group — for its January Happy Hour on Wednesday evening, January 18, at Lucille's5512 La Branch in the Museum District. P&B happy hours are a great way to catch up with Pier & Beam members, meet new people and have a much-needed drink (or three) in a historic location. They're open not only to Pier & Beam members, but also to prospective members; if you're 21-45 and passionate about Houston's architecture and history, please drop by.

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History in Print featuring 'Material Culture of German Texans'
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'Material Culture of German Texans'

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From the days of the Republic, German immigrants left a distinctive mark on the architecture and lifeways of Texas that is still evident today. In his award-winning book, Kenneth Hafertepe shares a decade of research examining how German culture was adapted to everyday life in rural, small-town and urban settings from East Texas to the Hill Country.

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History in Print featuring 'The Other Great Migration'
Oct
20
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'The Other Great Migration'

The 20th century saw two great waves of African-American migration from the countryside into the city, changing not only the nation's demographics, but its culture as well. Join Preservation Houston on Thursday evening, October 20, as author and historian Bernadette Pruitt tells the story of The Other Great Migration as part of Preservation Houston's History in Print author series.

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History in Print featuring 'BIG Little House'
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

History in Print featuring 'BIG Little House'

As Houston experiences increasingly dense development and rising housing costs, could the future of our neighborhoods include a step back to small houses?

During her presentation, author Donna Kacmar will demonstrate that small dwellings (under 1,000 square feet) are not just down-sized versions of big houses. Thoughtfully designed small houses can be integrated into their surroundings and reflect the priorities of the people who live in them. Using exceptional examples from around the country, Kacmar will offer insights for anyone interested in small-scale projects and illustrate how building small can be a deliberate design strategy in its own right.

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A banner event: Celebrating Houston's first flag
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

A banner event: Celebrating Houston's first flag

  • Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 1915, the growing city of Houston celebrated Independence Day by introducing its new municipal flag. Designed by retired railroad employee W.A. Wheeldon, the banner featured "one lone white star, floating in a sea of azure blue and bearing on its surface the original seal of the city of Houston."

A century later, Preservation Houston invites you to a special event where we will donate the restored prototype of the flag to the city of Houston, which plans to put it on permanent display in the historic Julia Ideson library building, 550 McKinney Avenue. The event, which will begin in the auditorium of the Ideson Building shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, is free and open to the public.

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Preservation in Practice: Restoring the 1931 Jefferson County Courthouse
Jan
20
6:30 PM18:30

Preservation in Practice: Restoring the 1931 Jefferson County Courthouse

  • Fondren Hall, St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Architects Gerald Moorhead and Sandra Bauder will discuss their work restoring the 1931 Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont. Though most classic Texas courthouses date from the Victorian era, Jefferson County’s is an outstanding exception. Bonds were issued for the Art Deco skyscraper just weeks before the 1929 stock market crash and the building was completed during the Great Depression. Ornate modernistic fixtures decorate the interior, while classically inspired detailing distinguishes the exterior. Beaumont architects Fred C. Stone and A. Babin designed the courthouse.

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Astrodome 50th Birthday Party
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Astrodome 50th Birthday Party

Join Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Preservation Houston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Harris County Domed Stadium, better known as the Astrodome, during free, fun birthday festivities on Thursday, April 9, a half-century to the day after the Dome's grand opening in 1965.

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