Old Sixth Ward Architecture Walk
02.12.2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Old Sixth Ward, one of Houston’s most beloved historic neighborhoods, was settled in the mid-19th century on what was then the edge of the city. The principal developer was W.R. Baker, Houston mayor and president of the Houston & Texas Central Railway, and many of the neighborhood’s early residents were railroad workers who decorated their cottages with hand-cut gingerbread ornamentation.
Our 90-minute, docent-guided tour traces the neighborhood’s development and changes, from its roots as a working-class area to the city’s first protected historic district. As we walk, we’ll explore the architecture that makes the Sixth Ward so special. Stops will include the former homes of cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash and Peck Kelley, a boogie-woogie pianist legendary nationwide in his time — even though he never left Houston.
This is an exterior architecture tour only. The tour will not go inside any buildings. There are no public restrooms along the tour route.
About the tour
Admission is $10 per person for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students.) Children 11 years old and under are admitted free.
Advance ticket purchase is required. Reservations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We are not able to accommodate walk-ups the day of the tour. There are no refunds for tour reservations.
Registrants will receive parking and check-in information via e-mail.
Face masks are optional for all fully vaccinated individuals, including docents. We ask that tourgoers who are not fully vaccinated remain masked at all times during the tour, including at check in.
In the event of inclement weather that prevents the tour from being offered as planned, we will notify registrants as far in advance as possible about their options to attend a rescheduled tour or transfer their reservations to another Preservation Houston tour.