Please note that the Architecture Walks Program will observe a summer schedule with ticket sales beginning at 5:30 p.m. from June through September.
The William A. Wilson Realty Co. began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 on 136 acres of land that was once part of John Austin's Mexican land grant. The neighborhood was one of Houston's first "streetcar suburbs" — a streetcar line ran from downtown along Houston Avenue to just outside the Woodland Heights gates, enabling working-class Houstonians to live in a lovely wooded setting and easily commute to their jobs.
Our tour covers several early 20th century architectural styles found in the neighborhood, including the foursquare, cottage and bungalow, and highlights the live oak trees Wilson planted in 1907, which have matured into lush canopies over Woodland Heights' streets.
Please note this is an exterior architecture tour only. The tour will not go inside any of the buildings. There are no restrooms along the tour route.
Tickets are $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston/Pier & Beam members and students). Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, in front of Travis Elementary School at 3311 Beauchamp Street. The last tour group will leave just after 6 p.m. Reservations are not required.
Street parking is free in Woodland Heights, but remember to observe posted parking regulations.
If inclement weather threatens on the day of the tour, watch this page for up-to-the-minute updates of any tour changes. You can also follow Preservation Houston on Twitter to receive tour updates.
Photo: 3301 Morrison Street (photo by Jim Parsons)
About Architecture Walks
Explore Houston's architecturally and historically significant neighborhoods, buildings and institutions with Preservation Houston's monthly docent-guided walking tours. The tours are generally offered on the second Sunday of the month from January to November; tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. (6 p.m. June through September). Tours are open to the public. The cost is $10 per person ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students), with a $2 discount if you walk, bike or ride public transportation to the tour. Reservations aren't required unless specifically noted.
We also offer quarterly walking tours of Glenwood Cemetery (reservations are required; see our schedule of upcoming tours) as well as private tours for groups of nearly any size.
The Architecture Walks Program is supported in part by the Susan Vaughan Foundation and by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.