Though the ward system in Houston was abandoned in 1905, the six original neighborhoods retain strong senses of place and provide residents a tangible link, through architecture, to history and identity. The Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Architecture Tour, afterWARDS: An Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond, features houses that both stand out from and speak back to the original character of the six wards, emphasizing the past out of which Houston continues to evolve and expand.
Chaired by Joe Meppelink and Brett Zamore, afterWARDS will take place on Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The tour features the following houses. [Note: Locations where tour tickets and memberships can be purchased are denoted with a ($) symbol.]
- 734 Tulane Street, Shade Development, 2008 ($) [map]
- 317 Sampson Street, Janusz Design, 2015 ($) [map]
- 2102 Francis Street, Brett Zamore Design, 2014 ($) [map]
- 1217 Robin Street, Rodrigo Tovar, 2014 [map]
- 1515 Woodhead Street, pb elemental design, 2013 ($) [map]
- 1507 Chestnut Street, kinneymorrow architecture, 2015 ($) [map]
- 714/716 Sabine Street, Gottlieb Eisele, 1872 and Murphy Mears, 2014 [map]
- 205 North St. Charles Street, CONTENT, 2014 [map]
RDA has organized tours every year since 1975 to help Houstonians experience firsthand the most interesting works of architecture and landscape and interior design in the city.
Tours are open only to RDA members, but RDA membership is open to the public. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour at designated ticket-buying locations or in advance online at ricedesignalliance.org and in person at the RDA office at Rice University. Memberships purchased March 1 through April 12 at the Student or Individual level include one complimentary tour ticket; memberships at the Household level and above include two complimentary tour tickets. Ticket prices for current members and their guests are $25, and there is a discounted $15 ticket for Student and Senior RDA members.
The 2015 tour is made possible by Pickard Chilton, Brochsteins, Cardno Haynes Whaley, D.E. Harvey Builders, DPR Construction, Hines, Hines Southwest Region, Kendall/Heaton Associates, Planning Design Research Corporation, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc., Walter P Moore, The Woodlands Development Company/The Howard Hughes Corporation, and the Corporate partners of the Rice Design Alliance. Sponsor support comes from Avadek Canopies & Walkway Covers; Brookstone, LP; Builders West, Inc.; Debner+Company; Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects; Parra Design Group; The Southampton Group; and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.
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