Lecture: Houston Deco

Under the Stars

Houston Deco - Constructing a Modern Identity for the Bayou City


HOUSTON IS RARELY CITED in the same breath as New York, Miami, or Los Angeles when it comes to Art Deco. But the city boasts many gorgeous examples of the Jazz Age style, including the San Jacinto Monument, as the result of a conscious effort by Bayou City leaders to shape a new image in the 1920s and '30s.

On Saturday, February 18, Jim Parsons, co-author of Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast, will present an illustrated lecture about notable Deco buildings in Houston and the surrounding region, showcasing the design and craftsmanship that still captivate us today.

Jim Parsons, a native of Baytown, puts a passion for the state's history and architecture to work coordinating programs and educational outreach as Programs Director for Preservation Houston. In addition to his preservation work, Jim has written about and photographed cities across the United States as a freelance author, editor, and photographer. Jim is co-author with David Bush of several books about Art Deco architecture in Texas, including DFW Deco: Modernistic Architecture of North Texas (2017, TCU Press.)

The talk will run from 5:00 to 6:00, followed by a time for questions and answers, and a reception.

Cost: $5 per person/$3 for Museum members; students are free.  Purchase your ticket today.

This program is made possible in part by a generous grant from the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation.