Architecture Walks

Next tour: Modern Downtown, September 11

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.

Modern Downtown is a special preview of a walking tour that Preservation Houston and Houston Mod will offer as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference in November.

Please note that this is an exterior tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings.

Bank of America Center (1983, Johnson/Burgee Architects with Kendall/Heaton Associates) and Lanier Public Works Building (1968, Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson with Robert O. Biering) / photo by Kerry Goelzer

Bank of America Center (1983, Johnson/Burgee Architects with Kendall/Heaton Associates) and Lanier Public Works Building (1968, Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson with Robert O. Biering) / photo by Kerry Goelzer

Tickets

Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2016, on the northeast corner of Fannin and McKinney. 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 6 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.
 

Parking

Street parking is free downtown on Sundays, but be sure to observe posted parking restrictions. Paid parking is also available in nearby lots and garages. The tour start point is a short walk from the Main Street Square station on MetroRail's Red 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.


This Architecture Walk is a part of Celebrating the City: Jane Jacobs at 100, a nationwide series of events curated by the Municipal Art Society of New York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. Jacobs believed in empowering urban citizens to get involved in their communities and shape their city. The centennial celebration, spanning May through October 2016, honors her impact by bringing together hundreds of events and activities under a single banner that reveals the dynamic energy, innovation and creativity of cities.

Learn more about the Celebrating the City initiative at www.jj100.org.


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 the Houston Arts Alliance.