Architecture Walks

Next tour: University of Houston, February 12

"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.

We'll visit campus buildings designed by some of Houston's best-known architects, including John Staub, MacKie & Kamrath and Alfred C. Finn, and explore part of the university's impressive collection of public art. The tour also includes little-known parts of UH's history, including stories about the school's significant role in World War II.

Please note this is an exterior architecture tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings. There are no public restrooms along the tour route.

Roy Gustav Cullen Memorial (1939, Lamar Q. Cato with Alfred C. Finn) / photo by Jim Parsons

Roy Gustav Cullen Memorial (1939, Lamar Q. Cato with Alfred C. Finn) / photo by Jim Parsons


Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Wilhelmina Grove at UH Entrance 16, located off Cullen Boulevard just south of Elgin (click here for a UH campus map). Admission is $10 for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students with valid ID). Those who walk, ride a bike or use public transit to get to the tour will receive a $2 discount. Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. The last tour group will leave just after 2 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.


Free parking is available in UH Lot 16 across the street from Wilhelmina Grove. The tour's starting point is a short walk from the Elgin/Third Ward Station on MetroRail's Purple Line.

If inclement weather threatens on the day of the tour, watch this page for up-to-the-minute updates of any tour changes. You can also follow Preservation Houston on Twitter to receive tour updates.

About Architecture Walks

Explore Houston's architecturally and historically significant neighborhoods, buildings and institutions with Preservation Houston's monthly docent-guided walking tours. The tours are generally offered on the second Sunday of the month from January to November; tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. (6 p.m. June through September). Tours are open to the public. The cost is $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students), with a $2 discount if you walk, bike or ride public transportation to the tour. Reservations aren't required unless specifically noted.

We also offer quarterly walking tours of Glenwood Cemetery (reservations are required; see our schedule of upcoming tours) as well as private tours for groups of nearly any size.

The Architecture Walks Program is supported in part by the Susan Vaughan Foundation and by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.