Past and Present Collide in Historic Home Tours

This weekend, peek inside the most interesting historical buildings in Houston and Galveston.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen April 30, 2015

Fire Station 6, built in 1903, was restored in 2005 and will be one of six beautifully restored buildings on the Good Brick Tour this weekend.

Plenty of homes are beautiful, but not every house comes with a story. And then there are the residences on a pair of historically-minded home and architecture tours taking place this weekend, which collectively hold enough tales to fill a three-volume novel. 

Galveston Historic Homes Tour
May 2-3, 9-10
$20 advance, $25 at door

There's the quaint Queen Anne's cottage in Galveston owned consecutively by a bootmaker, a photographer and a Swedish Sea captain; the National Cash Register Building, a downtown edifice dating back to 1929 that's been preserved and updated as a home and law office; the opulent Romanesque Revival Hutchings house, which was remodeled and expanded by famed Galveston Architect Nicholas Clayton after a hurricane in 1885; and an art deco house in stucco and glass brick in Braeswood, one of the most architecturally significant houses built in Houston in the 1930s. 

Each of these structures—and several more—are opening their doors to design enthusiasts on the Good Brick Tour and the Galveston Historic Homes Tour. The Galveston tour has been a mainstay for over 40 years as a major fundraiser for the Galveston Historical Foundation, providing an inside look at some of the most interesting and well-preserved residences on the island. 

Good Brick Tour
May 2 & 3
$25 advance, $30 at door 

Much newer is the Good Brick Tour, which is only in its second year. Run by Preservation Houston, the tour was founded to highlight and showcase some former and current Good Brick Award winners, an honor given out for excellence in local building restorations. Perservation Houston and the Good Brick Awards have been a major force in changing the way Houstonians value older buildings, and this tour shows what a benefit that has been to the city. 

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