Saturday, May 12, 2007

Your mother and art deco

It's an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Take your mother:

The old City Bank building at 1001 McKinney, built in 1946 but incorporating some of the century's earlier art deco architecture.

On Mother's Day, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance hosts a walking tour of some of downtown Houston's best art deco buildings. It features the city's finest examples of 1920s, '30s and '40s architecture. Some of the art deco deco gems have been restored; others are still waiting for attention. The tour will also explore art deco designs that have been lost, using historical photographs and descriptions. Sites include the Peden Co. Building, the City National Bank Building (now 1001 McKinney) and the Banking Hall of the Gulf Building, now part of JPMorgan Chase.

• What: Downtown Deco Walking Tour

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Meet at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave.

Tickets: $10 (on sale at 1:30, prior to walk)


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