SPORTS + OUTDOORS
GHPA Walking Tour: Houston Heights
February 14, 2010
On the second Sunday of every month, Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (GHPA) presents a docent-guided walking tour of an architecturally and/or historically significant area of Houston.
Sunday, February 14: Houston Heights.
In February, the Walking Tours Program will return to the historic Houston Heights, one of Houston's most charming Victorian-era neighborhoods.
The Heights was founded in 1892 as an independent city of more than 10,000 lots zoned for residential, commercial and industrial use, making it one of Texas' first planned communities. It was also Houston's first "streetcar suburb" — easy transportation to and from downtown Houston was made possible by an electric streetcar line which ran along Heights Boulevard, where the community's grandest homes were built. Houston Heights was annexed by the City of Houston in 1918 and the streetcar was removed several years later, but many of the neighborhood's historic homes remain, and they are the focus of our tour.
During the tour, we'll trace the evolution of residential architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and hear some fascinating stories about life in Houston in the early 1900s. We'll also learn about the rich history of the Heights and why it remains such a distinctive community today.
Tickets will be sold beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Cohen Plaza in the median of Heights Boulevard at 11th Street. Street parking is available for free on Heights Boulevard and side streets, but please remember to observe parking restrictions. Also, please note that this tour will not visit the interiors of any historic homes and that restrooms will not be available along the tour route.
Pictured: Emerson F. Woodward House (1918), 1605 Heights Boulevard, National Register of Historic Places, Photo by David Bush.