Architecture Walks

Next tour: 20th Century Main Street, June 14

    Add to Calendar     06/14/2015 06:00 PM     06/14/2015 08:00 PM     America/Chicago     Preservation Houston 20th Century Main Street tour     A 90-minute docent-guided walking tour of Main Street's 20th century landmarks. Tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m.     712 Main St, Houston TX 77002     Preservation Houston     MM/DD/YYYY

lease note that the 20th Century Main Street tour has been rescheduled for June 14 because of weather. Also note that, from June through September, Architecture Walks will begin at 6 p.m., with ticket sales starting at 5:30 p.m.

Head downtown Sunday afternoon, June 14, for a 90-minute guided walking tour of Main Street's 20th century architecture. From the richly detailed 1913 S.H. Kress & Co. Building to the starkly modern 1961 First City National Bank Building, a walk down Main Street is a look at Houston's growth, commercial development and changing architectural tastes. Other tour highlights include Alfred C. Finn's elegant building for the Sakowitz Bros. department store (1951) and a look back at the Metropolitan and Loew's State theaters, Main Street's lost movie palaces. 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.

A 1960s postcard view of Main Street north from McKinney Avenue / PH file

A 1960s postcard view of Main Street north from McKinney Avenue / PH file


Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015, in front of the Gulf (JPMorgan Chase & Co.) Building at 712 Main 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 2 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.


Street parking is free downtown on Sundays, but please observe posted regulations. Paid parking is also available in nearby lots and garages (the nearest garage to the meeting point is the Chase Center, 601 Travis Street). The tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Central Station Main.

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.