New Name, Same Mission: Preserving Houston

Protecting Houston's oldest buildings is a full-time job. Preservation Houston believes it's up to the task. Who is Preservation Houston you ask? They're a long established organization with a brand new name.

David Bush with the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance believes their name is quite the mouthful — so much so that the organization has been reborn in the form of Preservation Houston.

“It seems sort of natural honestly just coming from Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Preservation Houston seemed a fairly natural move. It’s also sort of where a lot of the organizations around the country are going we’ve got Preservation Texas, Preservation Dallas, Preservation Houston, so it fits right in.”

The organization is also moving location to the Lamar River Oaks building on Westheimer. It’s above a well-known Baskin-Robbins store and not surprisingly for a preservation society, it’s an historic building. One thing that isn’t changing is their dedication to preserving Houston’s oldest and dearest residents, protected districts and buildings.

Their latest project is an art deco strip center on the corner of Westheimer and Montrose.

Former Tower Community Center

“It’s listed as a 1985 strip center, but it’s actually a 1937 art deco building that kind of got stuccoed over in the 80s that was the Tower Community Center that was meant to compliment the Tower Theater. We’re contacting the current owner and contacting the Realtor to let them know that this property could qualify for significant federal tax credits.”

So Bush says different name, different address, but same mission statement and he hopes that they can save yet another landmark Houston building.


Edel Howlin

Edel Howlin

Executive Producer, Special Projects

Edel is an executive producer of special projects working on station-wide, multi-platform initiatives such as DiverseCity and Houston Public Media's political podcast Party Politics. At Houston Public Media, Edel started as a reporter covering veteran issues and the quirkier side of life in Houston. Before her time in public radio she worked for...

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