Julia Ideson Building, Houston

Julia Ideson Building, Houston

First opened in 1926, this stunning building – the original location for the Houston Public Library – has an urban legend as being haunted by the ghost of its former groundskeeper and that of Petey, his dog. In the evenings, Cramer, who lived in the basement, would go up to the third floor and play his violin, accompanied by the German Shepherd. In November of 1936, the 79-year-old was found dead by the librarians, and not much is known about the dog's ulterior fate.

Sitting right next to City Hall, the three-story Spanish-Renaissance style building has since been named after Julia Ideson, who served in her role as the city's first Head Librarian for forty years. Following a multi-million dollar restoration project, it currently houses the Metropolitan Research Center that holds a massive collection of millions of historic photographs, thousands of volumes of rare children's books, a 1520 edition of The Odyssey, and a 1615 edition of Don Quixote.

If you're looking for a repose downtown and actually enjoy reading, go to the second-floor reading room, or just climb to the third floor (now occupied by the Tudor Gallery) and check out the view, which has to be seen to be believed.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Houston, Texas within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Julia Ideson Building on Map

Sight Name: Julia Ideson Building
Sight Location: Houston, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Houston, Texas

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Houston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum District Tour

Museum District Tour

Houston is often considered more of a business obligation than a tourist destination, which is unfortunate, since many of the city's museums and cultural attractions are first-rate. Those who make the effort to visit, be it for personal or professional reasons, will discover several days' worth of intriguing activities. To maximize your experiences in a during a brief visit, head to the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Historical Religious Sites Walking Tour

Historical Religious Sites Walking Tour

Houston, founded in 1837, has grown into one of the biggest cities in the USA. This city features a large number of churches that are of great historical and architectural interest to visitors. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most acclaimed religious buildings in Houston.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Clean, shiny, new, and impressive, Downtown Houston rises above the dusty plains and swamplands – a true metropolis. Like the other major Texan city of Dallas, Houston has been described as concrete jungle (or a spaghetti bowl) of endless freeways, yet it somehow manages to tower over the stream of engines, with a glittering uber-American presence. There is much to discover in and around...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Arts Walking Tour

Arts Walking Tour

Among the wide variety of tourist attractions Houston has to offer, several art museums and galleries deserve special attention. These galleries will thrill all art lovers. Take this walking tour to discover some of the best museums and galleries in Houston.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles