Please note Lecture Series #1 featuring Stephen Fox has been switched with Lecture Series #3, Stephen Klineberg. 
If you wish to cancel due to this change or for any reason please use the RSVP link below to do so. These lectures have been so popular they are sold out and we have started a waiting list. Email your name, email and choice of lectures to and we will contact you if seats become available.

                                                         LECTURE  SERIES


After the January kick-off party the festivities continue with a three-part lecture series in February, March and April.  The lecture series will be held at what used to be known as the “Community Center” at 1928 Bissonnet. In the early years the A&P Grocery Store was there, followed by Butera’s Grocery and is now home to Picnic and Raven Grill. Guest scholars and leaders will highlight Houston’s architectural and cultural character. Those speakers include Stephen Fox, Stephen Klineberg, Jim Parsons, Sarah Hannah, Brett Zamore and James Evans.                                     




                   To view photos of Lecture Series #1 go to “Photos” on drop down menu.                                                         


SERIES # 1 -  Stephen Klineberg     


Monday, February 20, 2023        6:30 - 9:00 pm         1916 Bissonnet          Refreshments 6:30  Program 7:00 


                                                                  “Big City, Little Yards”      



Stephen Klineberg will present the “Big City” changes we are experiencing from his latest book “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America”.  We are living in one of the most interesting and consequential cities in all of America.  No city more clearly exemplifies the transformations that are refashioning the social and political landscape.  The “Little Yard” segment will present three case studies of residential development in Southampton. Learn how new projects are accommodating rapid changes for sustainability, energy conservation and flood control in their relationship to Houston’s  neighborhoods.  See selective design choices for modern living including home office, studio and study space.


Mr.  Klineberg is the founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” housed on the Rice University campus, working to advance understanding of the most important issues facing Houston and other leading urban centers. Klineberg and his students initiated the annual Houston Area Survey, now in its 38th year of tracking changes in the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of Harris County residents. 

Case Studies:

Case 1- Presented by Sarah Hannah, Four Square Design Studio
Existing residence- emphasis    2024 Dunstan  
Case 2 - Presented by Brett Zamore, Brett Zamore Design
Hybrid residence (new addition to older home)- emphasis   1915 Albans 
Brett will also include elements of his Zkit and Zfab products. If you’re interested, see his Pink House project which has been particularly well received. 
Case 3 - Presented by James Evans, Collaborative Design Works
New construction- emphasis    2344 Sunset Blvd

Lecture Series are free but seating is limited. RSVP to reserve your seat. Friends and non-residents are welcome.


To RSVP to SERIES #3 click here.    Wait list - email to add your name, email & lecture preference.



SERIES #2 Jim Parsons         


Monday, March 27, 2023      6:30 - 9:00 pm         1916 Bissonnet        Refreshments 6:30  Program 7:00


                     “Urban Frontier: Southwest Houston before Southampton” 


Modern Southwest Houston began taking shape in 1838, when early settler Obedience Fort Smith received a land grant of a little more than five square miles extending from present- day West Dallas Avenue south to Rice University. Through the years, the Obedience Smith grant was divided into small farms that gave way to residential neighborhoods surrounding the Rice University campus. In his talk, Preservation Houston Programs Director Jim Parsons will give an overview of the area's history, setting the stage for Southampton's development in 1923.



Jim Parsons puts a passion for Houston's history and architecture to work as Programs Director and Architecture Tour chairman for Preservation Houston. This nonprofit promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s architectural and cultural historic resources through advocacy, education and committed action, thereby creating economic value and developing a stronger sense of community. With David Bush, Jim is the co-author of four books on Texas’ Art Deco art and architecture.


Lecture Series are free but seating is limited.  RSVP to reserve your seat. Friends and non-residents are welcome.


To RSVP to SERIES #2 click here.      Wait list - email to add your name, email & lecture preference.



Stephen Fox              


Monday, April 24, 2023         6:30 - 9:00 pm          1916 Bissonnet           Refreshments 6:30      Program 7:00                                                                                                                                             

                                               “Asking What It All Means”                  

       Stephen Fox will raise questions about how architecture intersects with race, class, and other formsof social, cultural,  

       and political difference. He will draw on his experience as an architectural historian focusing on local and regional    
       histories to ask how these intersections shape the landscapes in which we live and work.

Mr. Fox is an architectural historian and a lecturer at the Rice School of Architecture.  He is also a lecturer at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston and a Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. Fox’s work is focused on architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the architecture of Houston and Texas.  In his scholarship he examines the ways that architecture engages such social constructs as class identity, cultural distinction, and regional differentiation.


Lecture Series are free but seating is limited.  RSVP to reserve your seat.  Friends and non-residents are welcome.


To RSVP to SERIES #1 click here.    Wait list - email to add your name, email & lecture preference.