Swamplot Sponsor: Preservation Houston’s 2017 Good Brick Tour

309 Sampson St., East End, Houston

309 Sampson St., East End, Houston

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been learning a lot about the properties on the 2017 Good Brick Tour taking place later this month. Thanks to Preservation Houston for sponsoring us again today!

The classic Victorian home (c. 1895) now at 309 Sampson St. is one of 6 historic houses moved to this East End neighborhood in 2014 to save them from demolition — for townhomes. A comprehensive renovation preserved the home’s remarkably intact detailing inside and out and breathed new life into the house and its neighborhood.

This East End home is one of 5 award-winning historic houses and buildings welcoming visitors with guided tours from noon to 5 pm on both Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30 — as part of Preservation Houston’s 2017 Good Brick Tour.

Purchase advance tickets online for $25 per person through 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.

All the properties on the tour are award winners — Preservation Houston has bestowed Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation on each of them. The other tour locations are:

  • Fire Station No. 2, 317 Sampson St., East End: Up-to-date interior design transformed a turn-of-the-century fire station (1910) into a private home with brass fire poles intact.
  • Isabella Court, 1005 Isabella Ave. at Main St., Midtown. A spectacular courtyard and unique apartments distinguish this one-of-kind Spanish Colonial Revival-style building (1929).
  • 2219 Kane St., Old Sixth Ward Historic District: A quaint Folk Victorian cottage (c. 1900) preserved as an architect’s office and guest house.
  • The Dentler Building, 1809 Summer St., High First Ward Historic District: A crumbling 2-story apartment house (1923) that found new life as a contemporary single-family home.

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