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    GHPA Walking Tour: 20th Century Main Street

    Presented by at JPMorgan Chase (Gulf) Building

    July 10, 2011

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    GHPA Walking Tour: 20th Century Main Street

    On the second Sunday of every month, GHPA presents a docent-guided walking tour of an architecturally and/or historically significant area of Houston.

    Sunday, July 10: 20th Century Main Street Walking Tour.

    From the neoclassical Union National Bank Building (1912) to the starkly modern First City National Bank Building (1960), past the Art Deco and mid-century modern homes of Sakowitz Bros. Department Store, to walk down Main Street is to witness a timeline of Houston’s business development and changing architectural tastes. Join us on Sunday, July 10, as we explore Houston's traditional business, retail and entertainment heart on a 90-minute guided walking tour of Main Street's 20th century architecture.

    Our tour will trace Main Street's role as Houston's center of activity for much of the city's history, visiting early business buildings and skyscrapers, retail stores, banks and the sites of its movie palaces. Highlights include the 1929 Gulf Building (now the JPMorgan & Chase Co. Building), the former First City tower, the city's first modernist skyscraper; and Kenneth Franzheim's landmark 1947 Foley's (now Macy's) department store.

    Image: Postcard of Main Street, looking north from Capitol Avenue, 1920s (GHPA file).

    JPMorgan Chase (Gulf) Building

    712 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77002

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    Admission Info:

    $10 per person. $7 for students and GHPA members. Children 11 and under admitted free.

    Parking is free on downtown streets on Sundays, and the tour starting point is a short walk from MetroRail's Preston and Main Street Square stations.

    Please note, this is an architectural walking tour and will not go inside any buildings.

    General Day and Time Info:

    Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. in front of the JPMorgan Chase & Co. (former Gulf) Building, 712 Main Street. Tour begins at 6 p.m. Last tour group leaves at 6:10 p.m.

    Phone: 713-216-5000

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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