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Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Architecture Tour and Civic Forum

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RDA's 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. Chaired by Joe Meppelink and Brett Zamore, afterWARDS will take place Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The tour features the following houses.
  • 734 Tulane Street, Shade Development, 2008
  • 2102 Francis Street, Brett Zamore Design, 2014
  • 1217 Robin Street, Rodrigo Tovar, 2014
  • 1515 Woodhead Street, pb elemental design, 2013
  • 1507 Chestnut Street, kinneymorrow architecture, 2015
  • 714/716 Sabine Street, Gottleib Eisele, 1872 and Murphy Mears, 2014
  • 205 North St. Charles Street, CONTENT, 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 and in person at the RDA office at Rice University. Memberships purchased March 1 through April 12 at the Student or Individual level include one complimentary tour ticket; memberships at the Household level and above include two complimentary tour tickets. Ticket prices for current members and their guests are $25, and there is a discounted $15 ticket for Student and Senior RDA members. Once you're a member, you can buy tickets online.


Presented in conjunction with the tour, RDA is hosting a free civic forum on the history of the wards, inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards. It will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Tuesday, March 24. Moderated by architect Florence Tang, it will include presentations by the following panelists:

  • Pat Jasper, Director of Folklife + Traditional Arts, Houston Arts Alliance
  • Jim Parsons, Director, Special Projects, Preservation Houston
  • Assata Richards, Ph.D., Director, Sankofa Research Institute; Community Liaison, Project Row Houses
  • Gwendolyn Zepeda, writer, Houston Poet Laureate
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