Architecture Walks

Next tour: Rice University, July 12

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From June through September, Architecture Walks will begin at 6 p.m., with ticket sales starting at 5:30 p.m.

Spend a summer evening exploring one of the most beautiful places in Houston when Preservation Houston leads a 90-minute guided walking tour of the Rice University campus Sunday, July 12. The campus owes its distinctive Mediterranean-influenced design to Boston architects Cram & Ferguson, who were responsible for the university's earliest buildings. Our tour circles the campus, discussing the history of the university itself; the life story and murder of its founder, William Marsh Rice; and the development of Rice's signature architecture, which still influences construction on the campus today and was the prototype for many structures along South Main Street. Please note that this an exterior architecture tour. The tour will not go inside any buildings. There are no public restrooms along the tour route.

Herzstein Hall (1914, Cram & Ferguson) / Jim Parsons

Herzstein Hall (1914, Cram & Ferguson) / Jim Parsons


Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015, near the Founders Court visitor parking lot, accessible from Rice Entrance 1 at Main Street and Sunset Boulevard. The Founders Court lot is just southeast of Lovett Hall; click here for a Rice 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 6 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.


Visitor parking on the Rice campus is available for a fee. The nearest visitor lot to the tour start point is the Founders Court Visitor Lot; the parking fee (payable by credit or debit card) will be about $10. The tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Hermann Park/Rice U. 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.