forWARDS: Ten Driving Tours Through Houston’s Original Wards

“Today the term ‘ward’ is most frequently used in Houston to describe historic, inner-city minority neighborhoods. However, from 1839-1905, the wards were the city council districts of Houston. They embraced the entire city, Downtown, as well as residential neighborhoods — rich, poor, and everything between, all races, ethnicities, and nationalities.” — Stephen Fox, forWARDS: Ten Driving Tours Through Houston’s Original Wards

This is forWARDS, a limited edition zine of 10 self-guided driving tours of Houston’s original six wards, written by architectural historian Stephen Fox. This zine was published in conjunction with RDA’s 40th annual architecture tour and designed by Spindletop Design and illustrated with photography by Peter Molick. Some of the tours are available online here.

forWARDS can be purchased for $15 by calling 713-348-4876 or email The zines are also available for sale at Brazos Bookstore and the MFAH.

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