Swamplot Sponsor: Preservation Houston’s 2016 Good Brick Tour

716 Sabine St., Old Sixth Ward Historic District, Houston

3405 Meadow Lake Ln., River Oaks, Houston

Our sponsor today on Swamplot is this weekend’s annual Good Brick Tour from Preservation Houston. Thank you for supporting this site!

If you’d like to get a good look at some fine examples of historic preservation work in Houston, this weekend’s your chance: 5 restored private homes will be on view during Preservation Houston’s third annual Good Brick Tour. Locations range from a rare Carpenter Gothic cottage in the Sixth Ward (top) to a postwar John Staub design in River Oaks (above). Preservation Houston has recognized each of the houses on the tour with a Good Brick Award for excellence in historic preservation.

The 2016 Good Brick Tour takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on 2 days: Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1.

Tickets are $25 through Thursday, April 28; you can buy them online here. Tickets will also be available for $30 at any tour location during the tour weekend. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide admission to all houses. Visitors can start at any location and see the homes in any order they choose.

The 5 houses on the tour are:

  • 1203 Edwards St. in the historic First Ward, a Folk Victorian house (1899) rescued from demolition
  • 716 Sabine St. in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District, a carpenter’s cottage (1872; pictured at top), accompanied by sympathetic new construction by Murphy Mears Architects
  • 3229 Groveland Ln. in River Oaks, a landmark Regency Revival-style house (1936) designed by Birdsall P. Briscoe
  • 3405 Meadow Lake Ln. in River Oaks, architect John Staub’s reinterpretation of a Prairie-style house (1948; pictured above)
  • 4111 Drummond Ln. in Braeswood Valley, a midcentury Lars Bang design named one of Good Housekeeping magazine’s “10 Best Small Houses of 1954”

Find more information about the Good Brick Tour on Preservation Houston’s website.

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