Preservation Austin’s annual tour goes ‘Out of the House’


After we’ve all been at home for two years, Preservation Austin is switching it up for its annual tour.

Though the tour has always focused historic homes, “Out of the House” spotlights seven non-residential buildings and sites.

The new focus is a welcome change for the nonprofit organization’s biggest public event. Celebrating historic non-residential architecture is tremendously important to understanding the fabric of Austin’s built environment.

Travis County Courthouse
Designed by architect Charles Henry Page, the 1931 Travis County Courthouse is an example of Depression-era Moderne. Photo by Casey Dunn / Preservation Austin

Among the seven sites on the tour are the PWA Moderne Travis County Probate Courthouse (1931), designed by architect Charles Henry Page; the Gothic Revival-style Wesley United Methodist Church (1929); the 1873 limestone block Castle Court Offices, once part of the Texas Military Institute campus; the Baker School (1911) in Hyde Park; and the mid-century modern John & Drucie Chase Building (1952).

Read more about the Chase Building: ‘John S. Chase and the midcentury modern landmark he designed in East Austin’

Chase building
John and Drucie Chase Building, built in 1952 in East Austin. Photo by Leonid Furmansky / Preservation Austin

The tour takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30. Tickets are $30.

Tickets are available online at

Event-day tickets will only be available at the Baker School, the tour’s home base, at 3908 Avenue B.

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