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Alliance offers tour of Houston past

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Houstonians will have the chance to walk the line between the past and the future Sunday when the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance offers a walking tour of the area around Enron Field downtown.

The tour will highlight historic structures in the stadium area, which in the 19th century was an elite residential neighborhood called Quality Hill. Points of interest will include: Union Station, the 1911 depot designed by the architects of New York's Grand Central Station; the William Penn Hotel; the historic Annunciation Church; and the 1920s-era Great Southwest skyscraper.

In addition to exploring those sites, the tour will give information about what other cities like Baltimore and Denver, both of which constructed new baseball stadiums in their downtown areas, have done to preserve their historic fabric as new development increases.

The approximately one-hour tours will begin every 10 minutes from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Capitol and Crawford, in front of the Ben Milam Hotel. The cost of the tour is $7 for GHPA members and $10 for non-members; no reservations are necessary.
 

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