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Young Women's Christian Assocation MD Anderson Magnolia Park At 7305 Navigation Blvd.

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This is a protected City of Houston Landmark.


The YWCA branch at 7305 Navigation Boulevard served the Magnolia Park neighborhood, one of the oldest Hispanic communities in Houston. The building was constructed with funding from the M.D. Anderson Foundation and the YWCA Expansion Fund. The facility was completed in 1962 and dedicated on January 20, 1963. The building’s exterior and interior have remained largely unchanged in the time since the dedication.

The YWCA ended its last program in Magnolia Park around 1999 and the property then sat vacant for more than a decade. The current owner purchased the building in late 2014 to prevent its demolition and began sensitive renovations. The owner is committed to maintaining the facility as a gathering place for Magnolia Park residents and has reopened the former YWCA for community events and activities. After flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey damaged the Wortham Theater Center in 2017, the owner provided the former YWCA as the rehearsal site for Houston Grand Opera.

Designed by architects Thomas Greacen and Richard Stanton Evans.


The M.D. Anderson Foundation included big names such as:

Col. W.B. Bates, John F. Freeman, Warren S. Bellows, Leon Jaworski.  There's even a Masterson family member who donated money to build.  Mrs. Harris Masterson, III.




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