Get an inside look at some of Houston’s best restored homes and buildings during Preservation Houston’s second annual Good Brick Tour from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2015. The event showcases six outstanding projects that have won Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. These privately owned homes and buildings are not usually open to the public.
With styles ranging from a quaint Victorian cottage in the East End to a Tudor Revival villa in Boulevard Oaks and a repurposed fire station in Sixth Ward, the 2015 Good Brick Tour showcases neighborhoods across Houston and the projects that contribute to the city’s continuing vitality.
Advance purchase tickets to the Good Brick Tour are $25 per person through Thursday, April 30. Advance tickets may be purchased online at goodbricktour.eventbrite.com or by calling 713-510-3990. Tickets may be used both days of the tour and provide admission to each tour location.
General admission tickets are $30 from Friday, May 1. On May 2 and 3, tickets will be on sale for $30 per person at each location on the tour.
Tour locations are:
1635 South Boulevard (1928), 2015 Good Brick Award; the renovation of this gracious Tudor Revival home constructed by Katharine Mott, Houston’s first woman builder, preserves its classically inspired interiors.
317 Sampson Street (c. 1890), 2015 Good Brick Award; the rescue and restoration of this quaint cottage is the first step in an ambitious preservation project that involved moving and ultimately restoring six Victorian houses in the East End.
1702 Washington Street / Fire Station No. 6 (1903), 2013 Good Brick Award; from the functional brass fire pole to the photomurals of turn-of-the-century firefighters and their equipment, the innovative repurposing of this historic fire station incorporates uniquely appropriate design elements.
515 Caroline Street / National Cash Register Building (1929), 2011 Good Brick Award; this Italian Renaissance Revival gem by architect Joseph Finger has been adapted to include an inviting urban apartment with intimate rooftop retreat.
1100 Milford Street (1919), 2010 Good Brick Award; this charming traditional home has been tastefully renovated as an architect’s office.
2337 Blue Bonnet Blvd. / L. D. Allen House (1936), 2003 Good Brick Award; the restoration of this outstanding modernistic home features exceptional Art Deco furniture, unusual moderne built-in cabinetry and original flamingo pink bathroom fixtures.