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Why Does Houston Seem Young?

This article is part of a special series about preservation in Houston, edited by Helen Bechtel, and is a collaboration of the Rice Design Alliance and Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Another year has passed but Houston is forever young. Or so it seems. Whether we love or hate living in Houston, our […]

01.30.17 Preservation

H-Town As Found: “A New Seeing of the Ordinary”

Funded in part by a 2016 Rice Design Alliance Initiatives for Houston grant, Boggess will document buildings in Houston’s industrial East End in danger of demolition to prompt a dialogue of exploration and speculation about what will become of our built history throughout the coming year. You can share your thoughts and photos of buildings […]

12.01.16 Architecture

Past Forward: How Houston’s Preservation Movement Turned the Corner

This review is part of a special series about preservation in Houston, edited by Helen Bechtel, published in connection with two national preservation conferences in Houston in November. Houston has long been thought of as a city that only cares about its future, a city that tears down its old buildings, a city that disregards […]

11.15.16 Preservation

Bending the Future: A Review

This review is part of a special series about preservation in Houston, edited by Helen Bechtel, published in connection with two national conferences in Houston in November. This week Houston serves as host city for two significant symposia on historic preservation: the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, PastForward, and the Preserving Communities of […]

11.14.16 Preservation

Mayoral Runoff Candidates Sylvester Turner and Bill King On Parking, Parks, Pollution, Preservation, and More

In October, OffCite published this summary of the responses to a questionnaire sent to mayoral and at-large candidates. Sylvester Turner, who received the most votes for mayor but not an outright majority, was among the original respondents. We approached Bill King again after he secured a place in the runoff elections, and he responded. Today, […]

12.02.15 Urban Planning

Cite 2015 Survey of Mayoral and At-Large City Council Candidates

In the upcoming elections, with early voting beginning October 19 and the big day itself November 3, Houstonians will be electing a new mayor and city council and deciding on several propositions. Cite asked mayoral and at-large council candidates who had announced their campaigns by July 17, 2015, to respond to this form questionnaire, which focuses on […]

10.07.15 Houston

How the Waldo Mansion Moved Out of Quality Hill

In the long list of Houston’s long-gone places, one is especially evocative: Quality Hill, the city’s first elite residential neighborhood. It started in the mid-1800s when prominent businessmen built their houses around Courthouse Square, and from there it spread east and south, toward present-day Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green. Life in the neighborhood — […]

04.09.15 Preservation

Original Limitations: Kinneymorrow Architecture

“I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to live in Houston,” says Michael Morrow. Along with his wife, Taryn Kinney, Morrow founded kinneymorrow architecture, a residential and commercial firm working out of the Old Sixth Ward. We’re driving in his truck back from the Near Northside, where he showed me a live-work space that’s under […]

06.25.14 Architecture

Preservation Houston Names 2014 Good Brick Winners, Debuts Tour

Bethel Park in Freedmen’s Town. Photo: Jim Parsons. Last week Preservation Houston celebrated its 35th Anniversary at its annual Cornerstone benefit, handing out 10 Good Brick Awards to recognize excellence in local preservation and restoration work. It was a spirited event that showcased a great variety of projects ranging from a delicate Victorian house restoration […]

03.05.14 Preservation

Holding Ground: A Look at University of Houston’s “Environmental Past” Exhibit

Environmentalist and “philosopher housewife” Terry Hershey. Photo: Center for Public History at the University of Houston. “It is hard to be a female figurehead at 8:30 in the morning.” These were among Terry Hershey’s opening words at a 1970 meeting of the Soil Conservation Society of America (now the Soil and Water Conservation Society) in […]

02.17.14 Environment