Houston, TX Old Town & Heritage Architecture Photos

At the north end of downtown Houston, TX, south of a bend in the Buffalo Bayou River, sits the oldest part of Houston which has been conserved as an historic district. This Old Town is North of Texas Ave. and centers on an area between Market Square and several courthouses. Other heritage building examples are included.

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Market Square Park with dining trellis. Houston, TX.Mosaic fountain & benches of hand-painted ceramic tiles by Malou Flato in Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Profile of Houston cutout metal screen by Bengy Sebesta in Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Points of View sculpture {1991 } by James Surls in Market Square Park. Houston, TX.
Market Square Park with dining trellis. Houston, TX.Mosaic fountain & benches of hand-painted ceramic tiles (1991 & 2000) by Malou Flato in Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Profile of Houston cutout metal screen by Bengy Sebesta in Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Points of View sculpture {1991 } by James Surls in Market Square Park. Houston, TX.
Heritage commercial buildings facing Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings on Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings Franklin & Milam Streets. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings on Main St. over Preston St. light rail stop. Houston, TX.
Heritage commercial buildings facing Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings (1892) on Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings Franklin & Milam Streets. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings on Main St. over Preston St. light rail stop. Houston, TX.
Arnold through Stuart heritage commercial buildings. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings on Main St. at Franklin. Houston, TX.Red Italianate building through to Hotel Icon. Houston, TX.Metro streetcar in front of. Houston, TX.
Arnold through Stuart heritage commercial buildings (300-312 Main St.). Houston, TX.Heritage commercial buildings on Main St. at Franklin. Houston, TX.Red Italianate building (320 Main St.) through to Hotel Icon (220 Main St.). Houston, TX.Metro streetcar in front of. Houston, TX.
Sweeney, Coombs & Frederick's building. Houston, TX.Heritage commercial streetscape of 200 block Travis St,. Houston, TX.W.L. Foley Building. Houston, TX.Old Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade building. Houston, TX.
Sweeney, Coombs & Frederick's building (1889). Houston, TX. Style: Victorian. Architect: George E. Dickey.Heritage commercial streetscape of 200 block Travis St,. Houston, TX.W.L. Foley Building (1889) (218 Travis St.). Houston, TX. Architect: Eugene T. Heiner.Old Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade building (1884-5) (202 Travis St.). Houston, TX. Style: Victorian Renaissance Revival. Architect: Eugene T. Heiner.
Facade details of Old Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade building. Houston, TX.Window surround details of Old Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade building. Houston, TX.Texas Avenue historic district marker. Houston, TX.Christ Church Cathedral. Houston, TX.
Facade details of Old Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade building. Houston, TX.Window surround details of Old Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade building. Houston, TX.Texas Avenue historic district marker. Houston, TX.Christ Church Cathedral (1893) (1117 Texas Ave.). Houston, TX. Style: Gothic revival. Architect: Joseph Arthur Tempest & Silas McBee. On National Register.
Christ Church Cathedral. Houston, TX.Sam Houston Hotel. Houston, TX.Pillot Building replica using original 1857 cast iron facade elements. Houston, TX.Harris County Courthouse. Houston, TX.
Christ Church Cathedral (1893) (1117 Texas Ave.). Houston, TX. Style: Gothic Revival.Sam Houston Hotel (1924) (1117 Prairie St.). Houston, TX.Pillot Building replica (1990) using original 1857 cast iron facade elements. Houston, TX.Harris County Courthouse (1910) (1201 Franklin St.). Houston, TX. Style: Classical Revival. Architect: Charles Erwin Barglebaugh. On National Register.
Harris County Courthouse with new Criminal Justice Center curved roof behind. Houston, TX.Dome of Harris County Courthouse. Houston, TX.Facade of Harris County Courthouse. Houston, TX.Harris County Family Law Center. Houston, TX.
Harris County Courthouse (1910) with new Criminal Justice Center (1999) curved roof behind. Houston, TX. Architect: Charles Erwin Barglebaugh. On National Register.Dome of Harris County Courthouse (1910). Houston, TX.Facade of Harris County Courthouse (1910). Houston, TX.Harris County Family Law Center (1115 Congress St.). Houston, TX.
Flower beds at Harris County Family Law Center. Houston, TX.Flower beds at Harris County Family Law Center. Houston, TX.Union National Bank building now an hotel. Houston, TX.Beehive style fountain at Main & Congress Streets. Houston, TX.
Flower beds at Harris County Family Law Center. Houston, TX.Flower beds at Harris County Family Law Center. Houston, TX.Union National Bank building (1911) (12 floors) (220 Main St.) now an hotel. Houston, TX. Style: Classical Revival. Architect: Mauran, Russell & Crowell.Beehive style fountain at Main & Congress Streets. Houston, TX.
Mix of heritage & modern buildings near Market Square Park. Houston, TX.912 Prairie St. & 910 Prairie St. Houston, TX.Old town row of Victorian buildings on Travis Street between Congress & Franklin. Houston, TX.The Kennedy Bakery in Old Town. Houston, TX.
Mix of heritage & modern buildings near Market Square Park. Houston, TX.912 Prairie St. (1880) & 910 Prairie St. (1882). Houston, TX. Style: Italianate.Old town row of Victorian buildings on Travis Street between Congress & Franklin. Houston, TX.The Kennedy Bakery (c1860) (813 Congress St.) in Old Town. Houston, TX. On National Register.
Annunciation Church with steeple. Houston, TX.Skyline of heritage & modern highrises near Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Former Rice Hotel. Houston, TX.State National Building. Houston, TX.
Annunciation Church (1869) with steeple (1881-4). Houston, TX. Architect: Rev. Joseph Querat + steeple by Nicholas J. Clayton. On National Register.Skyline of heritage & modern highrises near Market Square Park. Houston, TX.Former Rice Hotel (now lofts) (1912) (909 Texas Ave.). Houston, TX. Architect: Alfred C. Finn. On National Register.State National Building (1928) (412 Main St.). Houston, TX.
Hogg Building. Houston, TX.JPMorgan Chase Building crown. Houston, TX.Neils Esperson Building cupola in front of JPMorganChase. Houston, TX.Neils Esperson Building cupola in front of JPMorganChase. Houston, TX.
Hogg Building (1921) (401 Louisiana St.). Houston, TX. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Barglebaugh & Whitson. On National Register.JPMorgan Chase Building crown (1929) (36 floors) (712 Main St.). Houston, TX. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Alfred Charles Finn + Kenneth Franzheim + J.E.R. Carpenter.Neils Esperson Building cupola in front of JPMorganChase. Houston, TX.Neils Esperson Building cupola in front of JPMorganChase. Houston, TX.
Neils Esperson Building. Houston, TX.JPMorgan Chase Building crown. Houston, TX.JPMorgan Chase Building facade. Houston, TX.JPMorgan Chase Building balcony details. Houston, TX.
Neils Esperson Building (1927-41) (32 floors) (808 Travis St.). Houston, TX. Architect: John Eberson.JPMorgan Chase Building crown (1929) (36 floors) (712 Main St.). Houston, TX. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Alfred Charles Finn + Kenneth Franzheim + J.E.R. Carpenter.JPMorgan Chase Building facade. Houston, TX.JPMorgan Chase Building balcony details. Houston, TX.
JPMorgan Chase Building lamp in doorway. Houston, TX.City Hall. Houston, TX.Julia Ideson Public Library. Houston, TX.Former Rice Hotel. Houston, TX.
JPMorgan Chase Building lamp in doorway. Houston, TX.City Hall (1938-9) (901 Bagby St.). Houston, TX. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Joseph Finger. On National Register. Julia Ideson Public Library (1926). Houston, TX. Style: Spanish Renaissance. Architect: Ralph Adams Cram. On National Register. Former Rice Hotel (now Post Rice Lofts) (1913) (17 floors) (909 Texas Ave.). Houston, TX. Architect: Mauran, Russell, & Crowel. On National Register.
Former Rice Hotel where President John Fitzgerald Kennedy ate his last meal. Houston, TX.Former Rice Hotel facade with carvings of gargoyles & dragons. Houston, TX.Old Union Station interior. Houston, TX.Union Station now incorporated as entrance to Minute Maid Park. Houston, TX.
Former Rice Hotel where President John Fitzgerald Kennedy ate his last meal. Houston, TX.Former Rice Hotel facade with carvings of gargoyles & dragons. Houston, TX.Old Union Station interior. Houston, TX.Union Station (1911) now incorporated as entrance to Minute Maid Park. Houston, TX. Architect: Warren & Wetmore. On National Register.
Old Place historic cabin at Sam Houston Park open air village. Houston, TX.Kellum-Noble House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.Nichols-Rice-Cherry House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.Pilot House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.
Old Place (1828) historic cabin at Sam Houston Park open air village. Houston, TX. Kellum-Noble House (1847) at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX. Nichols-Rice-Cherry House (1850) at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX. Style: Greek Revival. Pilot House (1868) at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.
Yates House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.View of Sam Houston Park open air museum grounds with San Felipe Cottage. Houston, TX.St. John Church at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.Staiti House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.
Yates House (1870) at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX. View of Sam Houston Park open air museum grounds with San Felipe Cottage. Houston, TX. St. John Church (1891) at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX. Staiti House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.

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