Architecture Walks

Next tour: Westmoreland, August 9

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From June through September, Architecture Walks will begin at 6 p.m., with ticket sales starting at 5:30 p.m.

Join Preservation Houston the evening of Sunday, August 9, for a guided walking tour of Westmoreland, one of the Montrose area's most charming neighborhoods.

W.W. Baldwin developed Westmoreland in 1902 at what was then the southwestern edge of Houston. The neighborhood was the city's first patterned after the "private place" neighborhoods of St. Louis: small, gated developments with a central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built. Though times have changed, much of Westmoreland's early 20th century character remains, giving us a fascinating look at the residential architecture of the time. Several Westmoreland homes were built from books of house patterns, a design approach that may seem unusual to us now but was quite popular in its time. We'll discuss those homes and many more as we look at what remains a lovely, viable neighborhood after more than a century. Please note that this an exterior architecture tour. The tour will not go inside any buildings. There are no public restrooms along the tour route.

Waldo Mansion, Westmoreland Avenue / Jim Parsons

Waldo Mansion, Westmoreland Avenue / Jim Parsons


Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 9, 2015, in the traffic island at the east end of Hawthorne Avenue at Burlington Street (use the address "100 Hawthorne" for online mapping services). 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 at no charge in Westmoreland. Please be sure to note posted parking regulations. The tour start point is a short walk from MetroRail's Ensemble/HCC 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.

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.