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East End Houston Hosts Texas Society of Architects Tour

More than 3,000 architects and associated professionals gathered at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center for the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, the premier design event in the Southwest.

DSCF3817As part of the convention, a special breakout tour of Houston’s East End was provided to interested parties. Coordinated and hosted by Doug Childers, Vice President of Morris Architects and current Board Chairman of the East End Chamber of Commerce and France Castañeda Dyess, President of the East End Chamber of Commerce, the two-hour bus tour rolled through the East End. Diane Schenke, President of the Greater East End Management District, and Anton Sinkewich, President of the East Downtown Management District, were both on hand to provide commentary of the urban planning, architecture, and development of their home turf.

DSCF3830The tour included stops at the Skelly Family’s renovation project of old Houston Fire Station #2 and accompanying Victorian bungalows, lunch on the Navigation Esplanade served by the East Ender Chef John Avila of El Burro & the Bull, and a tour of START Houston, the East End’s own co-working technology incubator.


East End Improvement Corporation (EEIC) and Wells Fargo unveiled the first of seven BCycle “Art Stations” as part of a community program to connect residents and visitors to public art and businesses in East End Houston. The unveiling ceremony included the donation of 36 bicycles and helmets to East End students in coordination with local non-profit Wellness On Wheels (WOW). 
longest-serving urban farms, Finca Tres Robles, is getting ready for some big changes in the year ahead. Umbrella organization Small Places is transitioning to a 501(c)(3) to help revamp the farm and increase its impact in serving the East End community. In the months ahead, Finca Tres Robles will be celebrating 7.5 years of work in the East End as it pauses field operations at the end of 2021 to prepare for its next chapter.

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