History Under the Star: Houston Deco - Constructing a Modern Identity for the Bayou City

Feb 18 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

San Jacinto Museum

Graphic showing an aerial view of the San Jacinto Monument; text reads: History Under the Star Lecture Series Houston Deco: Constructing a Modern Identity for the Bayou City with Jim Parsons

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.

Join us on Saturday, February 18 for an illustrated lecture by Jim Parsons, co-author of Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast, 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).

Date: Saturday, February 18

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | talk 5:00 – 6:00, Q&A 6:00 – 6:30, reception 6:30 – 7:00

Location: San Jacinto Museum

Cost: $5 per person/$3 per member; students are free. Buy your tickets online today.

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

For more information, email san-jacinto-battleground@thc.texas.gov or call 281-479-2431.