Architecture Walks

Next tour: Warehouse District, October 9

The Warehouse District grew up near two important modes of transportation in early Houston: the original Port of Houston at Allen's Landing and the hub of the many rail lines that served the city. Though the city's industrial base is long gone, many reminders of Victorian industry remain in the area, including historic warehouses and the Willow Street Pump Station, centerpiece of the city's first sewer system.

Many of the neighborhood's buildings have been restored and put to new uses, from the pump station itself — now an exhibition and conference center — to industrial buildings that now house residential lofts, and our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour will discuss those transformations. Our tour also includes a part of Frost Town, a settlement on the banks of Buffalo Bayou that pre-dated Houston's founding.

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

Bartell Warehouse (1912) / photo by Jim Parsons

Bartell Warehouse (1912) / photo by Jim Parsons


Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016, in front of the Willow Street Pump Station, 811 North San Jacinto 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 available in the area; please remember to observe posted parking regulations. Paid parking is also available in nearby parking lots. The tour start point is a short walk from the UH-Downtown station on MetroRail's Red Line.

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.