Architecture Walks

Next tour: Broadacres, May 15

    Add to Calendar     04/10/2016 02:00 PM     04/10/2016 04:00 PM     America/Chicago     Preservation Houston Broadacres Architecture Walk     A 90-minute docent-guided walking tour of the history and architecture of the Broadacres Historic District. Tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m.     1200 North Blvd, Houston, Texas 77002     Preservation Houston     MM/DD/YYYY

Broadacres was among the residential neighborhoods developed near Rice University in the early 20th century. Its breathtaking oak allées and landscaping were the work of William Ward Watkin, the supervising architect of the Rice campus, and many of Houston's finest architects (John Staub, Birdsall Briscoe and Watkin among them) designed the houses that line North and South boulevards.

Our 90-minute docent-guided walking tour explores the architecture of these gracious homes and the stories of the oil, cotton, lumber, banking and railroad leaders who built them.

Please note that this is an exterior tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings.

George H. Dentler House, Broadacres (1939, Harvin C. Moore) / photo by Jim Parsons

George H. Dentler House, Broadacres (1939, Harvin C. Moore) / photo by Jim Parsons


Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the corner of North Boulevard and Parkway. 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 neighborhood. Please be sure to observe posted parking regulations.

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.