Swamplot Sponsor: Preservation Houston’ 2017 Good Brick Tour

Fire Station 2, 317 Sampson St., East End, Houston

Fire Station 2, 317 Sampson St., East End, Houston

Preservation Houston’s 2017 Good Brick Tour takes place this weekend. And it’s our sponsor again today — thanks for supporting this site!

Built to protect the East End when horses still pulled fire wagons, Fire Station No. 2 (1910) is the centerpiece of a private preservation and revitalization project. The building has been adapted as a contemporary family home, but its original purpose is still evident in its arched doorways, brass fire poles, and remnants of the fire alarm indicator.

Fire Station No. 2, at 317 Sampson St., is one of 5 award-winning historic houses and buildings that will be welcoming visitors for guided tours from noon to 5 pm on both Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.

This week is the last chance to buy advance tickets online for $25 per person. This special advance rate is good through midnight on Thursday, April 27. Tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location during the weekend. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide 1 admission to each location.

Preservation Houston has recognized all the properties on the tour with Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. The other tour locations are:

  • 309 Sampson St., East End: This rescued and restored Queen Anne-style house (c. 1895) showcases intact Victorian detailing and the contemporary works of Houston artists.
  • Isabella Court, 1005 Isabella Ave. at Main St., Midtown: A Mediterranean-inspired courtyard and surprising split-level apartments distinguish this unique landmark (1929).
  • 2219 Kane St., Old Sixth Ward Historic District: Inventive design has provided new life and new uses for this Victorian cottage (c. 1900) while preserving the house’s classic character.
  • The Dentler Building, 1809 Summer St., High First Ward Historic District: Potato chip manufacturer George Dentler’s office and residence (1923) has found new life as a modern family home.

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