Houston’s Hidden Treasures:

A Tour of Small Houses, New Architectural Gems, Intriguing Neighborhoods

One Saturday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Meet the bus in the rear parking lot of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 3471 Westheimer Road; bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. sharp; box lunch will be included.

Stephen Fox, the noted historian of Houston’s architecture, will conduct a tour of six new, exciting, unusual houses in intriguing Houston neighborhoods. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the city’s most creative young architects have designed imaginative houses in interesting, out-of-the-way neighborhoods, usually to take advantage of reasonable land costs for clients with imagination and style. Most of these houses are compact, economical, and exhilarating in their departures from the conventional imagery of speculator-built Houston housing. We will meet several of the architects and owners who created the houses.

Stephen Fox is a fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas and a lecturer in architectural history at Rice University and the University of Houston.

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Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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