AIA Walking Tours


Architecture Center Houston walking tours take place Saturday mornings 10am–noon. Descriptions, locations and scheduled dates are listed below. You can visit the AIA Houston Events Calendar for a listing of all upcoming ArCH events.

Tours are $10 for AIA Houston and ArCH members. $20 for non-members.

We also offer special group tours for corporations, community groups, students, and conferences. If you are interested in a special group tour, would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any other questions, please contact Mat Wolff, or 713-520-0155.


Houston Water Restriction

On August 16, 2011, Mayor Parker implemented a ‘Stage Two’ water conservation plan with mandatory outdoor irrigation restrictions.  Properties with even number addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays.  Odd number addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Watering is allowed between the hours of 8 pm and 10 am.  This means even numbers water Thursday/Sunday from midnight to 10 am and 8 pm to midnight.  Odd numbers water Wednesday/Saturday from midnight to 10 am and 8pm to midnight.  All visible leaks must be repaired within 72 hours.  The city plans to issue warnings for first offenses and then fines of $150.

At the 8/23/11 Neartown meeting, Jeff Weatherford, Deputy Director of the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering, reported the dry shifting soil has caused underground waterlines to burst throughout Houston.  As of this Tuesday, there are over 1,000 reported water leaks on the city log.  More leaks are reported every day.  The city is working overtime to repair this unusually large number of leaks.  Excessive water usage from sprinkler and irrigation systems places a large stress on the system.  Jeff Weatherford said the water restriction is for sprinkler and irrigation systems.  Hand watering with a hose is currently not prohibited but the city recommends limiting use to the restriction schedule.

Friends of Mandell Park 5th Annual Plant Sale – Saturday 3/26 from 9a to 1p

The Friends of Mandell Park are holding their 5th Annual Plant Sale March 26 from 9 am to 1 pm at Mandell Park on the corner of Richmond Avenue and Mandell Street.  The Friends group have completed their master plan for restoration and development of a wonderful park.  All proceeds from the sale go toward the implementation of the park plan!

Storm Water Inlet Marking Program

In 2008, Harris County residents placed more than 13,000 Storm Water Inlet Markers on their storm drains.


The markers are a great way to make us all aware of the fact that our storm drains are not garbage cans. Garbage and debris clog the drains, causing flooding.
Anything and everything (motor oil, antifreeze fertilizers and pesticides) that goes down a storm drain ends up in our bayous lakes and rivers.


Special thanks to Carol Wolk for personally assuring that these vital markers are placed on every storm drain in Mandell Place Neighborhood!