SAH Announces Architecture Tours for Annual Conference in Austin

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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) presents over 20 architectural tours to locations in and around Austin, Texas, at its 67th Annual Conference.

Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria (courtesy of The Contemporary Austin)

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) has announced the architectural tours slated for its 2014 Annual Conference that takes place April 9-13, in Austin, Texas (#SAH2014). The tours are an important part of the conference, which brings art and architectural historians, city planners, preservationists, architects and others from around the world together to share the latest research on the built environment. The tours give conference attendees and the interested public the opportunity to learn about the city’s architectural heritage from local experts and, as part of the conference’s public programming, help SAH meet its objective of engaging with the host city while addressing pertinent issues.

Twenty-one guided architectural tours will be offered to locations in and around Austin along with a selection of self-guided tours. A wide scope of architectural styles, building types and subject matter are represented in the collection of guided tours, which cover everything from Greek Revival homes to the evolution of Austin’s riverfront to modernist churches to historic African American neighborhoods to sustainable use and conservation of the environment. Self-guided walking tours will be available by downloading Preservation Austin’s free app, Historic Austin Tours, available at iTunes.

All tours are individually priced. Conference attendees may make tour reservations when registering for the Annual Conference. Members of the public who do not wish to register for the conference but would like to make a tour reservation will be required to pay a $25 processing fee in addition to the tour price. Registration for the full conference and tours opens January 16, 2014, at 12 p.m. CST. For those wishing to attend the tours only, registration opens February 16, 2014. Register online at

A schedule of guided tours follows. Please visit for details.

TR1    A Capital City on the Texas Frontier: Early Austin Houses (12:00–2:30 p.m.)
TR2    South Congress Avenue: From Camino Real to Hipster SoCo (12:00–2:30 p.m.)
TR3    Austin Gardens: Laguna Gloria and Mayfield Park (12:00–2:30 p.m.)
TR4    LBJ’s Austin (Part 1): Origins of the Great Society (12:00–2:30 p.m.)
TR5    Moore/Andersson Compound (12:00–2:30 p.m.)

TR6    Moore/Andersson Compound (12:00–2:30 p.m.)
TR7    LBJ’s Austin (Part 2): All the Way with LBJ (12:00–2:30 p.m.)
TR8     Identity and Change in Austin’s Religious Architecture (12:00–2:30 p.m.)
TR9    The Austin History Center and Austin’s Downtown Historic Corridor (12:00–2:30 p.m.)

TR10    Spanish San Antonio (8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)
TR11    On the Trail of O’Neil Ford in San Antonio (8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)
TR12     Palimpsests of Color: Transition, Gentrification, and Hidden History in Austin’s Black Neighborhoods (1:00–5:00 p.m.)
TR13     Austin by Boat: A View of History from the River (1:00–3:00 p.m.)
TR14     Austin’s Recent Past (1:00–5:00 p.m.)
TR15     The Forty Acres and More: The Campus of the University of Texas at Austin (1:00–5:00 p.m.)
TR16    Small-Town Pleasures: Barbecue and Courthouse Squares (1:00–5:00 p.m.)
TR17     Three Centuries of Austin Living (1:00–5:00 p.m.)
TR18    Modernity and Continuity in Austin’s Religious Architecture (1:00–5:00 p.m.)

TR19     Tradition and Change in a Nineteenth-Century German Texan Community: Fredericksburg (8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)
TR20     East of Austin: State Parks and Properties in the Bastrop Area (8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.)
TR21    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Paisano Ranch (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

About SAH

The Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH is headquartered in Chicago’s historic Charnley-Persky House, one of the few extant residences designed with the combined talents of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Society publishes its quarterly print and online Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH) and the Buildings of the United States book series, organizes study tours and hosts the SAH Annual Conference. SAH’s other digital resources include SAH Archipedia, a media-rich online encyclopedia of American architecture, and SAHARA, a shared online image archive for teaching and research. To learn more about SAH or to become a member, visit

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