For 35 years, Preservation Houston has awarded annual Good Brick awards to honor excellence in the restoration and conservation of historic buildings. This weekend's honorees are opening eight of these award-winning structures to the public in the first-ever Good Brick Tour Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

1810 Summer Street: First Ward redo gets a Gold Brick and is open for viewing this weekend.

“We received such a positive response when we held our first designer show house last year, that we wanted to build on that success and expand to a tour format,” said Preservation Houston president Jane-Page Crump. “We’re opening a variety of buildings so that people can see the full range of preservation activities in Houston.”

These include everything from an 80-year-old log cabin in the Memorial area, to an Art Deco commercial building near downtown, to a sympathetically expanded Heights Victorian home. Docents will be on hand at each location of the self-guided tour to share the histories of the structures and the stories behind their rebirths.

Advance tickets are available at this link through Thursday for $25. Tickets will also be available at selected tour locations on the days of the event for $30. A $50 patron's ticket will get you in to a kick-off party Friday night at the Good Brick–winning NuSmile Building at 3315 W. 12th Street.

To see a full list of winners and the buildings on this year's tour, visit the 2014 Good Brick Tour web page

Cook Paint & Varnish Company Building, 2500 Summer Street: another Good Brick winner in the First Ward.


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