2010 Architecture Tour: Rice University’s Neighbors to the South


On Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., RDA members and their guests will have the opportunity to visit eight houses in Houston’s Southgate neighborhood on RDA’s 34th annual architecture tour, Southgate: An Urban Oasis.

Southgate is located inside Loop 610 and is bounded by University Boulevard to the north, Travis to the east, W. Holcombe to the south, and Greenbriar to the west. The neighborhood is adjacent to Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, two Houston institutions that are expanding substantially. Southgate is undergoing considerable change, yet it has retained its close-knit community feeling. Architects and designers working in the neighborhood have been successful integrating their designs into the older fabric and staying within the neighborhood’s strict deed restrictions. The community is thriving, leveraging the same attributes the subdivision had when first developed: location close to big employment centers, excellent schools, transportation via bus and now light rail, and nearby shopping.

Houses on the self-guided tour include (*tickets can be purchased at Houses #1, 4, and 8):

*1. 2239 University (Erick Ragni, Scott Strasser, and Emily Sing) 2008 TICKETS SOLD HERE!

*1. 2239 University Boulevard (Strasser/Ragni Architects with Emily Sing, 2008) TICKETS SOLD HERE!

2045 University

2. 2045 University Boulevard (Collaborative Design Works, preliminary design with Openshop Studio, 2005)

2056 Dryden

3. 2056 Dryden Road (M. R. Van Valkenbergh, designer, 1942; rehabilitation, 1998)

2102 Addison

*4. 2102 Addison Road (Dixon & Ellis, 1938; rehabilitation: Rogers LaBarthe Architects, 2009) TICKETS SOLD HERE!

1925 Addison

5. 1925 Addison Road (1938; rehabilitation: Z-K Building Design, 2006)

2145 Southgate

6. 2145 Southgate Boulevard (Charles B. Thomsen, Architect, 1965; rehabilitation: Kelie Mayfield, 2008)

2201 Southgate

7. 2201 Southgate Boulevard (Dillon Kyle Architecture, 2006)

2206 Sheridan

*8. 2206 Sheridan (Brave/Architecture, 2004) TICKETS SOLD HERE!


* Tickets will be available at ONLY these 3 locations (in blue) on the tour! Please plan your tour accordingly.

The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests. RDA memberships can be purchased in advance at the RDA office, or on the tour and include one complimentary tour ticket at the Student ($15) or Individual level ($45) or two complimentary tickets at the Household level ($75) and above. Additional tickets cost $25. For students and seniors, additional tickets are $15. Click here to see our membership benefits.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the RDA office at 713-348-4876, or during the tour at the designated three tour cashier locations:
House #1 – 2239 University
House #4 – 2102 Addison, or
House #8 – 2206 Sheridan.

Tickets purchased after March 12 will be available for pick up at House #4 located at 2102 Addison. For further information, please call 713-348-4876.

The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of educational programs. For this tour, attendees will earn two Learning Units. Learning Units will be reported to CES Records on the member’s behalf. Registration at one house on the tour is required. Non-AIA members may pick up a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.

This tour is made possible by support from A & E – The Graphics Complex; Barton Construction; W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation; Berger Iron Works, Inc.; CenterPoint Energy, Inc.; JE Dunn Construction; FKP Architects; Fisk Electric Company; Fretz Construction Company; D. E. Harvey Builders; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; Linbeck Group; McCoy Workplace Solutions; The OFIS; PSTC, Inc.; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.; SpawMaxwell Company; TDIndustries, Inc.; Tellepsen; Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Tudor; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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