Greater Houston Preservation Alliance is getting a new name and a new home. After serious consideration, GHPA’s Board of Directors voted to shorten the organization’s name to Preservation Houston; the Texas Secretary of State and Harris County Clerk recently certified the change.
“Our name may be different, but our mission remains the same. Preservation Houston will continue to promote the preservation and appreciation of our shared architectural and cultural historic resources,” said Preservation Houston President Patty Porter. “The organization, the staff, the board and our membership will remain the same.”
On Monday, March 19, Preservation Houston will be in its new office at 3272 Westheimer Road, Suite 2, in the historic Lamar-River Oaks Building. The new contact information will be (713) 510-3990 and email@example.com. Preservation Houston is also in the process of upgrading its website. The new web address is www.preservationhouston.org.
The new name better reflects the organization’s current work.
“When GHPA was incorporated in 1978, Houston did not have a historic preservation ordinance, there were no historic districts and no local landmarks. Everyone had to work to get the fundamental tools in place,” said Preservation Houston Executive Director Ramona Davis. “Now our work is much more nuanced. The interests of the Old Sixth Ward Historic District are not necessarily the same as the Broadacres Historic District.”
“We’ll still form partnerships with other groups, but it’s going to be based on the specific project or program,” Davis said. “Of course, issues like the Alabama Theater and the Astrodome will always require broad-based grassroots support.”
With the new name comes a new image. Preservation Houston’s logo (above) incorporates a traditional key to reflect the organization’s efforts to preserve historic architecture. A leaf element represents preservation’s role in conserving resources by encouraging reuse rather than demolition.
GHPA has been in its current office in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building downtown since 1987. The move was precipitated when Chase Bank sold the historic building that many Houstonians know as the Gulf Building.
“We’ll always be grateful to Chase Bank and its predecessor, Texas Commerce Bank, for generously donating GHPA’s office space for more than 20 years,” Davis said. “It’s going to feel strange not coming here, but change is good. We have a new name, a new look and a new home.”
Lamar-River Oaks Building (1948, Raymond H. Brogniez). Photo by Jim Parsons.