With the constant new construction around Houston, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that history is all around the city if you know where to look. Take a drive around and you can see some truly amazing landmarks and historic buildings in Houston that offer a glimpse into the neighborhood’s past.
There are literally dozens and dozens of great old buildings in Houston and the surrounding towns. If you are googling ‘Oldest building in Houston’ or ‘Historical buildings in Houston’, ?then you are not alone!? Check out our curated list of the top 10 oldest buildings in Houston and make plans to explore!?
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Old Buildings in Houston
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Where: 103 Midway St, Spring, TX 77373
The Kellum-Noble House is the oldest surviving building constructed in Houston. Even more remarkable, it stands on its original foundation and retains its original brick walls made with mud from Nathaniel Kellum’s brickyard on the banks of nearby Buffalo Bayou. From its location on the edge of what is now a major downtown business district, Kellum-Noble has witnessed the phenomenal growth of our city for more than a century.
Where: 212 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002
The historic Magnolia House in Montgomery was built in 1854 by Peter J. Willis, an entrepreneur. The home is 2,500 sq. ft., has 5 bedrooms, and sits on just over an acre. Over the years, the home was restored to its grandeur by “Aunt Anna” Weisinger who lived in the home until she passed away in 2005.
Where: 301 College St, Montgomery, TX 77356
Old Buildings in Houston
The Perry House is the oldest house in Friendswood. One cool thing is that some of the wood used to build the home came from trees knocked over by the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. The Friendswood Historical Society totally restored the home after it fell into disrepair.
Where: 109 W Spreading Oaks Friendswood, TX 77546
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Where: 9022 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055
Old Buildings in Houston – Historic Places
According to VisitPearland.com, “Around 1900, the Santa Fe Railroad built a depot nearby which soon became a gathering place for settlers to meet visitors and pick up mail and supplies. Locally grown cotton, hay, cattle, fruit, and vegetables were shipped to market by railroad from the depot. Pearland’s development, delayed by the devastating storms of 1900 and 1915, was sustained by the promotion of the area as an agricultural wonderland with vital railroad access.”
Where: 3501 Liberty Dr, Pearland, TX 77581
The property for this home was purchased in 1855 by builder John E. Shelton. A few years later, the main portion of the house was built in 1858 for Captain Thomas W. Smith. Despite being over 160 years old, the home has only had 4 owners, and the most recent owners have restored all structures on the site, including the main house, former slave quarters, and a greenhouse.
Where: 811 Caroline St, Montgomery, TX 77356
Built in 1910, the Forum of Civics building has been owned by the River Oaks Garden Club since 1942. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its gardens provide beautiful green space in the middle of our city. They’re open to the public and are totally free to visit.
Where: 2503 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Arguably one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, the Houston Cotton Exchange was completed in 1884 by architect Eugene Thomas Heiner. Originally, the building was 3 stories high, but in 1907, a fourth floor was added.
Where: 202 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
As the oldest commercial building in Houston, the Kennedy Bakery was built in 1860 after the original 1847 wooden structure on the site was destroyed by a fire. A number of different businesses have occupied the building over the years, but today, it’s home to La Carafe Bar.
Where: 813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002
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