Architecture Walks

Next tour: Main Street & Montrose Boulevard, March 10

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1924–26, William Ward Watkin) /  photo by Jim Parsons

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1924–26, William Ward Watkin) / photo by Jim Parsons

After Rice Institute and Hermann Park opened in the early 1910s, Houston’s Museum District became an increasingly desirable neighborhood in which to live and work. The area gained cachet in the 1920s when it became the location of the new Museum of Fine Arts, leading it to be nicknamed "Houston's Cradle of Culture" — and today, the Museum District remains one of the most beautiful parts of the city.

Our 90-minute, docent-guided walking tour explores the area between Main Street and Montrose Boulevard just north of Hermann Park, including the charming neighborhoods of Chelsea Place, Cotswold Court and Colby Court, the imposing churches of Main Street, and the buildings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which is in the midst of a large-scale campus redevelopment. Along the way, we’ll see work from architects William Ward Watkin, Joseph Finger, MacKie & Kamrath and Carlos Jiménez.

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, March 10, 2019, in front of the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Boulevard. 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 in the area 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 the Museum District 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.

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.