When a lot of people hear the words University of Houston campus, their first reaction is, Eeewww, says Jim Parsons. That shouldnt be the case, though, because the campus really has a lot going for it. And Parsons should know, as hell be one of the tour guides for todays University of Houston Architecture and Public Art Walking Tour, brought to you by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Parsons points out that despite some regrettable stuff from the 60s and 70s, the campus is filled with plenty of original art deco buildings as well as some Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and Philip Johnsons iconic Architecture -Building.
Parsons says UH also has an underappreciated history, which includes the contributions of Houstonian Hugh Roy Cullen, who, even though he didnt have a high school education, donated millions of dollars to UH. The tour will also cover UHs crucial role in World World II. UH was the home of several training institutes during World War II
About 33,000 people were trained at UH in war-related programs. Anything else? Yeah, he says. For example, did you know that UH may be the only university where the athletic teams were named after the school newspaper? No, tell us more. Well, come on the tour and youll hear the story. See ya there, Parsons. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m.; tour starts at 6 p.m. Fine Arts Park, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-216-5000 or visit www.ghpa.org/tours. $7 to $10.
Sun., Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., 2008