Architecture Walks

Next tour: Allen's Landing, October 18

    Add to Calendar     10/18/2015 02:00 PM     10/18/2015 04:00 PM     America/Chicago     Preservation Houston Allen's Landing Architecture Walk     A 90-minute docent-guided walking tour of the Allen's Landing area. Tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m.     Main St. at Commerce St. Houston Texas 77002     Preservation Houston     MM/DD/YYYY

Allen's Landing is sometimes called "Houston's Plymouth Rock," and with good reason: It is the spot where the city's founders, Augustus and John Kirby Allen, set foot on the land that would become Houston. Allen's Landing became the original site of the Port of Houston in 1840 and for many years was the center of trade in the city. The site fell into decline through the 20th century, but is now finding new life as link in the system of parks being developed along Buffalo Bayou's banks.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided tour tells the history of Allen's Landing and looks at historic buildings nearby, including turn-of-the-century warehouses, a former neighborhood saloon with a checkered past and the restored Willow Street Pump Station, the centerpiece of Houston's first sewer system.

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

Postcard view of Allen's Landing, c. 1913 / PH file

Postcard view of Allen's Landing, c. 1913 / PH file


Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2015, at the corner of Main Street and Commerce Avenue. 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.


Street parking is free downtown on Sundays. The tour start point is also a short walk from MetroRail's Preston Station.

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 the Houston Arts Alliance.