Architecture Walks

Next tour: Warehouse District, October 14

 Bartell Warehouse (1912) /  photo by Jim Parsons

Bartell Warehouse (1912) / photo by Jim Parsons

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, the centerpiece of the city's first sewer system.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour visits many of the neighborhood's buildings that 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. Our tour also includes a part of Frost Town, a settlement that predated Houston's founding.

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, October 14, in front of Willow Street Pump Station, 811 N. 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 2 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.


Street parking is free downtown on Sundays; please remember to observe posted parking regulations. Tour participants who walk, bike or use public transportation will receive a $2 discount off the tour price. The tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Preston 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.