Houston Architecture Walk, Houston

Houston's Downtown is the city's busiest and most highly developed neighborhood. Mostly famous for its beautiful skyscraper district, Downtown has quite a few surprises awaiting visitors. Take a stroll down the crowded streets and you will see historic buildings and modern structures side-by-side. Walk and enjoy Downtown's architecture at its best.
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Houston Architecture Walk Map

Guide Name: Houston Architecture Walk
Guide Location: USA » Houston (See other walking tours in Houston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: doris
Christ Church Cathedral

1) Christ Church Cathedral

The Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest worshiping congregation in Houston, and is also one of the most interesting. This facility has been around since 1839. In those days, Texas was not part of the United States, and Houston was actually the capital of the Republic of Texas. The members of this church are among some of the first families to colonize the area. This congregation also founded the Trinity Church of Houston.

The other interesting thing about this church is that the...   view more
Post Rice Lofts

2) Post Rice Lofts

The Post Rice Lofts are loft apartments in Houston that have been made out of the old historic Rice Hotel. The site is quite famous, and is a popular tourist attraction in town. You can visit the two story lobby, enjoy the beautiful stain glass, and even see the Crystal Ballroom.

The hotel was built in 1913. It used to be one of the most glamorous places to go in town, and was frequented by the rich and famous of Houston. Among its guests were also several United States Presidents.

The...   view more
JPMorgan Chase Building

3) JPMorgan Chase Building

JPMorgan Chase Building, formerly the Gulf Building, is a beautiful example of a skyscraper built in the art deco style. The detail on the Main Street entrance is just gorgeous. The window detail is also astonishing. It was only one of two art deco buildings built in Houston. The location was completed in 1929 and remained the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until 1931. It also dominated the Houston skyline until it was surpassed in height in 1963.

There is a stained glass...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Esperson Buildings

4) Esperson Buildings

The Esperson Buildings are a complex of structures in the downtown area of Houston. They are named after the owners. They are very well known in the area. Mellie Esperson had the buildings done for her husband Niels, who was a famous oil tycoon and real estate giant in the area.

From an architectural perspective, the buildings were done in an Italian Renaissance style. In fact, they are the only complete examples of this style in town. They were designed by John Eberson. They were built in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pennzoil Place

5) Pennzoil Place

Pennzoil Place consists of two buildings that tower 36 stories into the air. They are located in Houston. They were built in 1975, and were designed by the firm of Johnson and Burgee. The building has won many awards for its innovative design.

The overall shape of the two towers is trapezoidal. The two structures sit only 10 feet apart at the base. The outer design was done in a dark bronze colored glass which is fixed in aluminum. The two towers are exact images. There is an atrium that...   view more
Bank of America Center

6) Bank of America Center

The building was completed in 1983, and has been a prominent part of the Houston landscape ever since. It stands 56 stories tall, and covers a huge 1.5 million square feet of space. There is an adjacent structure that is twelve stories tall, and is the meeting hall for the complex.

It is Neo-Gothic in style. Yet, it also represents a post modern way of thinking about design. It is modeled after the canal houses that can be found in the Netherlands. The famous firm of Johnson and Burgee...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Houston City Hall

7) Houston City Hall (must see)

The Houston City Hall, constructed in 1938-1939, is flanked by Tranquility Park and the Houston Public Library. This simply designed structure features many construction details that have helped to make it an architectural classic. The architect of the City Hall was Joseph Finger, an Austrian-born Texan architect responsible for a number of Houston-area landmarks. The design on the lobby floor depicts the protective role of government. In the grill-work above the main entrances are medallions of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Julia Ideson Building

8) Julia Ideson Building

The Julia Ideson Building is a part of the Public Library system in Houston. It is located downtown. It was designed by the firm of Cram and Ferguson of Boston. It was opened in 1926, and was first used as the central library building. It replaced a Carnegie building first used as the primary location.

Architecturally speaking, it was designed in a Spanish Revival style. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Besides being a part of the central library system,...   view more
Heritage Plaza

9) Heritage Plaza

The Heritage Plaza is one of the more famous skyscrapers located in downtown Houston. It is 53 stories tall, which makes it the 5th tallest building in town, and the eighth tallest in the state. It was completed in 1987. The designing firm was Nasar and Partners. It is also one of the newest such building to grace the skyline of this town.

It covers over a million square feet. For many years, this was the corporate home of Texaco Oil. That group left in 2001. It is currently owned by the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Museums Walk in Houston

Museums Walk in Houston

The fourth largest city in the USA, Houston offers a large number of museums devoted to a variety of scientific, historical, and cultural subjects. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most famous museums in Houston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Houston's Landmarks Tour

Houston's Landmarks Tour

Houston is the fourth largest city in the USA. A buzzing commercial and cultural center, Houston proudly boasts of many great museums, architectural masterpieces, and other landmarks. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most interesting landmarks in Houston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Religious Walking Tour of Houston

Religious Walking Tour of Houston

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/or architectural interest to visitors. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most acclaimed religious buildings in Houston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

While Houston, Texas is a massive metropolis, its Downtown is relatively compact yet bustling business, culture and entertainment hub, with a vibrant theater scene. Alongside several theaters, Downtown Houston hosts a number of museums, parks and historic buildings, alongside many other attractions. To explore some of them, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Live Music Clubs Tour of Houston

Live Music Clubs Tour of Houston

Houston is a great city in which to enjoy all kinds of clubs, featuring live music in many different styles, for all ages and tastes. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Cultural Walk in Houston

Cultural Walk in Houston

Whether you are keen on art or just eager to see one more piece of Houston, this cultural tour will reward your interest. Houston has an extensive Theater District, located downtown, not to mention numerous galleries and other artistic venues. Take this walk and enjoy Houston's most famous cultural institutions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km