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Sacred Sites in Houston: A Developing Vernacular

A Tour of Sacred Sites in Houston
Vernacular Architecture and the Building Arts in Houston

September 12, 2009

Symposium Program
10:00am - 4:00pm

Building Arts

Noon - 4:00pm

4:00 - 6:00pm

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Sacred Sites in Houston: A Developing Vernacular

Historically, Houston has been home to diverse cultural communities, but since the fourth quarter of the last century, the incoming population has grown even more numerous and diverse. Immigrant communities seeking refuge or greater economic and educational opportunities have swept into the city from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central America. Each of these diasporic communities has enhanced Houston by adding its language, customs and cuisine to the city's already rich cultural mix. These new Houstonians have also brought with them their distinctive religious traditions. Throughout Houston, structures have been built to provide a home for the free practice of these diverse faiths. In many cases, these sacred sites are proud proclamations of both cultural and religious identity, relying on or referencing architectural models drawn from the mother culture and original faith community. In this way, Houston’s architectural vernacular has expanded its vocabulary.

East Houston Sites

Teen How Taoist Temple

1507 Delano Street
Houston, Texas 77003


Islamic Da`wah Center

201 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002


Iglesia Garifuna Misericordia de Dios

1902 Gregg Srteet
Houston, Texas 77020


La Luz del Mundo

8312 Eastex Freeway
Houston, Texas 77093

West Houston Sites

Teo Chew Temple

10599 Turtlewood Court
Houston, Texas 77072


Vietnamese Buddhist Center

10002 Synott Road
Sugar Land, Texas 77498


Chinmaya Prabha

10353 Synott Road
Houston, Texas 77498


Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste Mission

340 Eldridge Road
Sugar Land, Texas 77478


BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

1150 Brand Lane
Stafford, Texas 77477

Educational Adventures
Houston Sacred Sites Tour

Contact us if you are interested in a small group tour of sacred sites in Houston. A map for self-guided tours will also be available.

Educational Travel Adventures

Mark your calendars for these great upcoming 2009 educational adventures. Group sizes are small and costs are very affordable. A portion of the cost of each tour is tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit Houston Institute for Culture youth programs.


St Joseph's Day and Super Sunday in New Orleans - March 16 - 22

Semana Santa in Santa Fe and Pilgrimage to Chimayo - April 7-13

History Tour Featuring Chiricahua, Bisbee and Tubac - May 23-31

Washington DC and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival - July 1-6

Historic New Mexico Series: Indigenous and Spanish Traditions - August 9-16

Navajo Nation and Southern Utah Canyonlands – September 19-27

Dates are subject to change. Contact us for more details. Additional information is availaible at: www.houstonculture.org/travel

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