Architecture Walks

Next tour: University of St. Thomas/Menil, February 14

    Add to Calendar     02/14/2016 02:00 PM     02/14/2016 04:00 PM     America/Chicago     Preservation Houston University of St. Thomas/Menil Architecture Walk     A 90-minute docent-guided walking tour of the history and architecture of the University of St. Thomas and the Menil campus. Tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m.     3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas 77006     Preservation Houston     MM/DD/YYYY

The University of St. Thomas broke with tradition when it hired Philip Johnson to design its new campus in 1956. And though Johnson took inspiration for his buildings at UST from the modern architecture of Mies van der Rohe, his campus plan was influenced by something much older: Thomas Jefferson's 1818 design for the University of Virginia.

Our tour focuses on the development of the university's campus and the buildings of the adjacent Menil campus, which include Eugene Aubry's Rothko Chapel and Renzo Piano's Menil Collection and Twombly Gallery. We'll also visit Hughes House, the boyhood home of Howard Hughes Jr., and Johnson's Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas, one of the most unique worship spaces in Houston.

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

Chapel of St. Basil, University of St. Thomas (2007, Philip Johnson) / photo by Jim Parsons

Chapel of St. Basil, University of St. Thomas (2007, Philip Johnson) / photo by Jim Parsons


Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016, in the parking lot on the north side of the Link-Lee Mansion, 3800 Montrose Boulevard at West Alabama. 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 the lot on the north side of the Link-Lee Mansion as well as on nearby streets. Please remember to observe posted parking regulations.

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.