Architecture Walks

Next tour: Woodland Heights, August 14

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 discusses 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.

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

Woodland Heights bungalow / photo by Jim Parsons

Woodland Heights bungalow / photo by Jim Parsons


Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016, in front of Travis Elementary School, 3311 Beauchamp Street. 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.


Street parking is free in the neighborhood. Please observe posted parking restrictions.

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

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.