828 Mercury Drive
Houston, TX 77013
Phone: (713) 673-4200
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If you are looking for old Northern Italian architecture and a charmingly designed church, come visit this beautiful chapel known as Villa De Matel Convent. Built in the Lombard Romanesque style by Maurice J. Sullivan in 1928, it was the proudest of his creations. The sisters who decided to build the chapel in the 1920s asked him to create a building that would "be as good in 500 years as on the day of completion". He accomplished exactly that. Located on a sprawling 70 plus acres near South Wayside in southeast Houston, the grounds are home to the Sisters of Charity and Sisters of Incarnate Word private novitiate and mother house.
The bright colors and intriguing design of the Spanish-styled Guadalupe Plaza Park invites seekers of shade, recreation, and leisure to partake in its offerings. Located along the Buffalo Bayou, this park features walkways, performing space, fountains, and also a landing area for boats, thus making it quite an ideal destination for leisure. Do call to know more.
Saint Arnold of Austria (580-640 CE) is credited with the great miracle of quenching the thirst of his many caretakers with only one cup of beer that never ran dry. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, started in 1994 by two Rice University graduates, is the city's first microbrewery and is named after this saint. No brewing additives or preservatives are used, and to keep it pure, there is no pasteurization. Examples of the company's bestsellers include Kristall Weizen, Brown and Amber Ale. The brewery is not open for general drinking, but you can take tours on Saturday from 11a to 2p with tours leaving on the hour and 3p on weekdays. A beer tasting comes with every tour and unlike Saint Arnold, you won't have to share.
Over the course of more than two decades, Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker who loved oranges, built The Orange Show one found object at a time. He dreamt it would one day become a major attraction. He died just seven months after opening its doors. Recognizing The Orange Show's importance as one of the finest examples of folk art environments in the U.S., a group of supporters formed the Orange Show Foundation to preserve the monument. They're also responsible for the internationally renowned Art Car Festival. Besides visiting The Orange Show, you can also take one of the Foundations' Eyeopener Tours.
Buffalo Bayou Park is a lush 124-acre park, where everyone can come to soothe the senses. Eleanor Tinsley Park, located within the park is host to many of Houston's festivals and a variety of activities. Experience a canoe trip, or a walk with a loved one through the beauty of this park. The park also has a play area for children, a dog park, sculptures and fountains throughout, and bike trails.
If you are in the mood for some good baseball, head on over to the very classy Minute Maid Park which is home to the Houston Astros. Formerly known as both Enron Field and Astros Field, Minute Maid Park has a retractable roof and can be fully air-conditioned. The field is known as being friendly to the hitters, resulting in exciting games for the fans! For multi-taskers, wireless Internet is available for a fee. And whenever a hitter hits a pole, every audience member gets free Chick-fil-A. Besides major league baseball, the field occasionally hosts other sports games (such as college baseball), and private functions.
In 1936, brothers John and Augustus Allen bought 6,642 areas of land and claimed Houston as their own. They settled down on the site that is now known as Allen's Landing, therefore it has great significance in the history and birth of Houston. Owing to its proximity to the White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou, a dock was built and was operational for quite a long period. Over the time the area become somewhat neglected; however, the plans for its renovation are underway and after ts makeover, Allen's Landing will be equipped with beautiful walkways, lawns, a splendid promenade and several other facilities.
One of the city's most advanced buildings, George R. Brown Convention Center is the ideal source of information on the city. From dining options, to places to stay, sports action, and cultural events – this center will ensure that you don't miss out on anything that Houston has to offer. It also caters to every kind of event - business meetings, corporate events, conventions, conferences, and trade. A wide array of dining options, live entertainment, decorations and lots more can be arranged for your event. The staff will also ensure that every detail is thought of.
The downtown area of Houston has been the center of action for a long time. Whether shopping, culture, history, or entertainment, downtown Houston is a vibrant part of the city. Walking along the well-planned, square blocks in this area that make up the blueprint of the streets, you will amaze at the array of sights and attractions that unfold in front of you. The beautiful architecture of iconic buildings like the Bank of America Center or the JP Morgan Chase Tower is impressive, and the charm of the Old Market Square Park will tempt you to stay a while. So, do plan a visit to downtown Houston to discover all that has made this city so loved.
Dating from 1843, this is the oldest Episcopal parish church in Houston. Silas Mcbee's gothic-styled church, built in 1893, has outstanding brickwork and sandstone-topped parapets. The vast nave of dark-stained wood creates a commanding interior. The stained-glass window, called Caritas, was installed by Tiffany Studios and can be viewed on the side of the nave closest to Fannin Street. William Ward Watkin was the architect for the Golding Memorial Chapel that was added in 1939. The iron fence and palm trees in the area provide a lovely Victorian-influenced space for relaxing conversation.
The revival of this park area where the Allen brothers arrived over 150 years ago to start a new business venture has been exciting and stimulating for the downtown area. Surrounded by four primary streets (Travis, Milam, Congress and Preston), the area features restored historical buildings, fine restaurants, entertainment and nightclubs all within walking distance of each other. Lovely painted benches, artifacts and pictures line the walkways, combining the old with the new for all to enjoy. Different "points of view" can be discussed freely in a friendly atmosphere under the aptly named sculpture by James Surls.
Bible Days Revival Church on Quitman Street was founded by Apostle E.W. Wilcots. The main aim of the Church community is to spread the word of Christ through the Holy Bible. Regular worship services help foster faith and strengthen belief in God. Besides worship, the church also holds Sunday school and worship to teach the young the importance of the Word.