Houston is home to a rich modernist heritage at all scales with prominent work by Philip Johnson (Menil House, 1950, The University of St. Thomas, 1958, and Pennzoil Place, 1976), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (expansions to The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1958 and 1974 - image left courtesy Museum Archives), Renzo Piano (The Menil Collection,1987, and Twombly Gallery, 1995), and a multitude of mid-century modern residences by local and regional practitioners.
SATURDAY TOUR: Modern Houston by Bus
'See Houston's mid-century modern treasures-large and small, icons and
surprises- with Houston Mod's expert guides' on this three+ hour bus tour! The tour will depart promptly following the last symposium session and take guests on a once in a lifetime tour of modernism's highlights in Houston. Guests will disembark the bus at a number of stops and conclude for a closing reception at Brochstein's.
Modern Montrose and Museum District
Modern River Oaks and Upper Kirby District - including interior tours of rarely-seen early modern residences
Astrodome (exterior only)
Date: Saturday, March 15th
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
You must be registered for the Symposium to participate in this tour.
SUNDAY TOURS: Garden Dialogues by The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes AND hear from the landscape architects and owners about the creative process in Garden Dialogues, a fresh take on garden visits held from March to October in different locations around the country. Garden Dialogues, launched in 2012 and one of The Cultural Landscape Foundation's most popular programs, provides unique opportunities for small groups to experience some of today's most beautiful and innovative landscapes and explore gardens from the recent past. Find out where inspiration comes from and what makes a great collaboration.
TCLF has arranged three special Garden Dialogues in Houston in association with the Docomomo US conference – a 1950s Modernist gem virtually unchanged since its construction; a recent refresh for a remarkable Modern home and garden in River Oaks; and a surprising and fresh new gathering place in the heart of one Houston’s great institutions. Learn more and register now – space is strictly limited!
Date: Sunday, March 16th
Time: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $125 for all three or $45 individually