RDA Tour explores Houston's six original neighborhoods


Though the ward system in Houston was abandoned in 1906, the six neighborhoods retain strong senses of place and provide residents a tangible link, through architecture, to history and identity. 
The Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Architecture Tour, afterWARDS: An Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond, features houses that both stand out from and speak back to the original character of the six wards, emphasizing the past out of which Houston continues to evolve and expand.
Chaired by Joe Meppelink and Brett Zamore, afterWARDS will take place on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. The tour features the following houses and the architects who designed them:
• 734 Tulane Street, Shade Development, built in 2008; 
• 317 Sampson Street, Janusz Design, built in 2015;
• 2102 Francis Street, Brett Zamore Design, built in 2014; 
• 1217 Robin Street, Rodrigo Tovar, built in 2014;
• 1515 Woodhead Street, pb elemental design, built in 2013; 
• 1507 Chestnut Street, kinneymorrow architecture, built in 2015; 
• 714 and 716 Sabine Street, Gottleib Eisele, built in 1872 and Murphy Mears, built in 2014; and
• 205 St. Charles Street, CONTENT, built in 2014.
RDA has organized tours every year since 1975 to help Houstonians experience firsthand the most interesting works of architecture and landscape and interior design in the city. 
Tours are open only to RDA members, but RDA membership is open to the public. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour at designated ticket-buying locations or in advance online at www.ricedesignalliance.org and in person at the RDA office at Rice University. 
Memberships purchased at the Student or Individual Level include one complimentary ticket; memberships purchased at the Household Level and above include two.
Ticket prices for current members and their guests are $25, and $15 for Student and Senior Level members.
For more information, visit www.ricedesignalliance.org/.
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