Next tour: Downtown's Historic Waterfront, Nov. 13
Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston was teeming with activity at the turn of the 20th century, from the wharves of the Port of Houston at Allen's Landing to the produce wholesalers, warehouses, breweries and factories that lined its banks. Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour looks at the bayou's crucial role in Houston's development and explores the remnants of some of the old development nearby, including what's left of the Houston Ice & Brewing Company, a major industrial concern in the early 1900s.
The tour also includes stories about the city's little-known role in the Civil War and tales of Vinegar Hill, the area's notorious slum.
Please note that this is an exterior tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings.
Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Allen's Landing Park, 1005 Commerce 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.
Street parking is free downtown Sundays; 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 Preston 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.
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.