Architecture Walks

Next tour: The Town of Houston, November 10

Former capitol of the Republic of Texas in its later life as the Capitol Hotel /  PH file

Former capitol of the Republic of Texas in its later life as the Capitol Hotel / PH file

Houston in its early years was a rough-and-tumble town located on, as one tourist said, "the borders of civilization." But it was also the capital city of the new Republic of Texas and the center of activity in the young country, and the story of its founding and early boom years is fascinating.

Though the city's earliest buildings have all been lost, this 90-minute docent-guided tour recreates 1830s Houston through stories of its structures and residents and first-hand accounts of life here. We'll visit the sites of the capitol of the Republic, the president's house and city market, and some lesser-known spots like the site of Houston's first theater and the Round Tent, one of its most popular (and rowdiest) saloons.

Please note that this is an exterior architecture tour. The tour will not visit the interiors of any buildings. Public restrooms are not available on the tour route.


Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, on the northwest corner of Main Street and Texas 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.


Free street parking is available downtown on Sundays; please remember to observe posted parking regulations. The tour starting point is a short walk from Preston Station on MetroRail’s Red Line. Tour participants who walk, bike or use public transportation will receive a $2 discount off the tour price.


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. (5:30 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 are not 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.