Architecture

More Than Howard Hughes: Stroll Through Glenwood Cemetery with GHPA

Washington Avenue continues to be a monument to Houston's wonky sense of "preservation," as plenty of buildings dating back to the early 20th century have been remodeled into upscale bars and diners over the last few years. Some are not so fortunate, and have been razed to make way for new developments.

But tucked away behind ivy-covered gates at 2525 Washington Avenue is Glenwood Cemetery, seemingly untouched by modern development.

The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance is lending its support to help keep it this way by hosting a walking tour through the cemetery on September 11.

Visitors can expect to see some of the restorations being done to preserve some of the older headstones as well as learn about the statues and Victorian monuments.

Tour-goers will also get to gawk at the graves of famous Houstonians such as Howard Hughes, actress Gene Tierney and Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas.

Founded in 1871 by the Houston Cemetery Company, Glenwood was located just outside of the city limits. In the past, Houstonians would seek a respite from the city by spending the day in the cemetery.

"It was really Houston's first park" says David Bush, GHPA's programs and information director. The tour begins at 6 p.m. and will last about 90 minutes. It will cover a mile outdoors, so dress accordingly.

Tickets are $10 per person ($7 for students with a valid ID and GHPA members). Visitors who walk, bike or ride public transit will receive a $2 discount on admission. Tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. just inside the gates.

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Courtney Riedmann