A Rich Architectural History

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Since its incorporation in 1837, Houston has been home to a changing landscape of residential building designs. Neighborhoods all over the city hold houses from multiple decades, and many historic districts work to preserve the earliest examples of Houston’s homes.

Jim Parsons, director of special projects for Preservation Houston, finds one neighborhood in particular fascinating: the Turner Addition, a grid of streets west of Montrose Boulevard and north of Bissonnet Street near the Museum District.

“Development began in Turner Addition in the mid-1910s and is still going on, so when you visit the neighborhood, you can see nearly every Houston housing style from the 20th century in one concentrated area,” said Mr. Parsons. “A tour of Turner Addition will be offered as the last session of Houston at Home so people will have a chance to see it for themselves.”

Houston at Home: A History of the City’s Residential Architecture” includes lectures from Mr. Parsons as well as Margaret Culbertson, director of the Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Stephen Fox, an adjunct lecturer in architecture at Rice; and architects Ben Koush and Gerald Moorhead. Classes start February 28, 2013.

“Houston really does have an amazing history and a wonderful architectural heritage,” said Mr. Parsons. “We’re always in our cars here, and Houston as a whole always seems to have one foot in the future, but it is always worthwhile to really look at what’s around us.”

Have you visited the Turner Addition or another Historic District in Houston? What did you think?

Keri Bas


Keri Bas, Online Communications Specialist

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