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.


19th Annual ArtCrawl Downtown Warehouse District 11/19 10a to 9p

19th Annuanl Art Crawl

The 19th Annual ArtCrawl welcomes all to the northeast side of downtown for a free tour through more than 100 artist studios, galleries and art spaces on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am to 9 pm. ArtCrawlers have a chance to learn more about contemporary art by directly engaging with the artists who make it and the galleries that present it. Maps can be picked-up from Motherdog Studios, the ArtCrawl headquarters at 720 Walnut.


Fotofest and Pedal Houston will offer bike tour off-the-beaten-path warehouses, which will include the new kid on the block, the Silo at 4601 Clinton. A performance highlight for the evening will be presented at the newest non-profit participant, Talento Bilingue de Houston – A Latino Cultural Arts Center.


Crawling takes energy and we’ve got you covered for nibbles and libations! The landmark Last Concert Cafe will open early at 11 am, while chef Sean Carroll will be folding his crepes in a surprise location. New places in the neighborhood include Latin Bites Cafe and the local grand masters of microbreweries, Saint Arnold Brewing Company. For more information, visit:






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5th Annual Montrose ‘Pub’ Crawl Sat 10/29

Come as you aren’t to Houston’s biggest and best Halloween event!









Ditch reality and join the 5th Annual Montrose Crawl on Saturday, October 29th.

First get your costume on, then get your drink on as the Crawl goes from bar to bar between Dunlavy & Montrose on Westheimer, starting with dinner at Brasil and ending with midnight munchies at El Real Tex-Mex.  Stops include Poison GirlAnvil, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, Royal Oak, and Slick Willie’s.

As always, there’ll be no covers and no tickets, plus drink specials all night long.  Prizes will be awarded for the best outfits at each stop, so get into the spirit before you get into the spirits.

The grand costume prize will be awarded by this year’s honorary Grand Crawler, Neartown President and City Council candidate David W. Robinson.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Houston Area Women’s Center, the 2011 official Montrose Crawl charity.  Check out last year’s finalists and grand prize recipients to see what it takes to win.

The 5th Annual Montrose Crawl is brought to you by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston’s own brewer, Free Press Houston, Houston’s only locally owned alternative newspaper, and the Montrose Management District, the only public organization dedicated exclusively to Montrose.

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MPCA National Night Out Tues 10/04 Thanks!


National Night Out


Catered by Pappasito’s

1651 Kipling Street – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Many thanks to Charles Lambert for arranging and hosting the Mandell Place 2011 National Night Out.  It was a great event catered by Pappasito’s with perfect weather.  About 100 Mandell Place residents were on hand for the evening.
















MPCA Summer Social – Sunday 8/21 5 to7p

The end of summer is drawing near and it’s still hot outside!  Join your neighbors Sunday August 21th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

We’ll have lots of ice cream and cool drinks to beat the summer heat.  Feel free to bring your favorite summer goodies.

The owners of 1612 Hawthorne have a kid friendly fenced front yard and will have a child’s moonwalk, sidewalk chalk and lots of toys on hand.  Patty Cake, of Luby’s fame, will be at the social with balloon animals and face painting.  Bring all the kids!!!

***** A notary will be available to sign deed restriction documents.  Don’t forget your drivers license. *****

July 9th Wine Social 4-6 pm and Deed Restriction Signing


Nanette Hartdegen and David Toy will host a Mandell Place Civic Association Wine Social Saturday July 9th from 4 to 6 pm at 1638 Harold Street.  Join your neighbors for wine and appetizers after wrapping up your Saturday errands.

Nanette is a notary and has volunteered at previous functions for deed restriction signings.   For those who need signatures notarized on the new deed restriction form, Nanette will be available at the social.  All owners of record for the property will need to be present with a drivers license.  See you all Saturday!


The Mandell Place Civic Association will host a coffee social Saturday morning April 9, 2011 from 9:30 to 11:00 at 1631 Marshall Street.  A general meeting will take place during the last half hour of the social.  Coffee, juice and pastries will be served.  Feel free to bring along a favorite morning snack you’d like to share. 

Bill Bartlett has generously agreed to co-host this event again at his home.  Bill, the block captain for 1600 Marshall, is an avid collector of rare orchids.  He has one of the most spectacular collections you will ever see.  The coffee social provides an opportunity to visit with our neighbors, discuss upcoming plans and welcome new residents to Mandell Place. 

The general meeting will give everyone a chance to catch up on news around the neighborhood and discuss plans with the deed restrictions.  A notary will be on hand to begin signature collection for the new deed restrictions.  We need signatures from 51% of Mandell Place owners before filing the document with the city.  Bring your driver’s license for the notarized signature.

Review the new deed restrictions by clicking the link below:

MPCA 2011 Deed Restrictions

MPCA Social – Membership Kick-off Sunday January 30th 5-7p

The Mandell Place Civic Association will host a membership kick-off social Sunday, January 30th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The social will be at 1651 Kipling Street.  Please join your neighbors for drinks, mashed potato ‘martini’ bar and socializing.  Bring your 2011 tax deductible dues along with a completed membership form.  The form may be printed from the ‘Membership’ section of the website.  Forms will also be available at the social.

MPCA Summer Social 8/29 from 6:00 to 7:30p

Mandell Place Civic Association Summer Social

Sunday 8/29 – 6:00 to 7:30p – 1502 Kipling Street

Cool off with ice cream and cold drinks.  Your favorite summer treats are always welcome!  Come and visit with your neighbors after the hot summer sun sets. 

There will be road resurfacing petitions at the social.  Stop by and sign the petition for your block to be repaved.  Petitions require 75% of the owners on each block to sign for submission to the City of Houston Public Works Department.  Let’s set the wheels in motion to improve our streets.

Out and About Mandell Place

The Third Annual “Around Hear” concert will be performed on the Menil campus this Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 1:00 PM.  These free concerts are produced, composed and performed by students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.   The music is celebrates the sights and sounds of the outdoors.
 Bring chairs and/or blankets and enjoy a free concert of interesting music.