February 26, 2018 @ 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM America/Chicago Timezone
The City of Brownsville TX
650 Ruben M Torres Sr Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78520
Preservation Texas
(956) 546-3721

We invite you to the 2018 Preservation Summit in Brownsville!  We look forward to offering you a rewarding, in-depth experience in the Lower Rio Grande Valley as we explore its historic resources and study a range of preservation issues through a local lens, examining the regional vernacular architecture and complicated preservation issues along the U.S.-Mexican Border.


Field Session A: Half-Day Walking Tour of Recent Preservation Projects in Downtown Brownsville
Monday, February 26, 2018, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, lunch included Led by Roman McAllen, former Heritage Officer for the City of Brownsville ($40)

This 4-hour walking tour will visit historic buildings under restoration and recently restored in and near the historic core of Brownsville.  Included on the tour will be El Alamo, the Lucio Bouis & Brother Store which was built in 1893 in the classic border brick style, as well as other quintessential 19th century South Texas buildings, including The Tamayo and The Olvera.  The tour will end with lunch at the Stillman House, home of the Brownsville Historical Association.  Wear your walking shoes.  The tour will be conducted by Roman McAllen, former Heritage Office for the City of Brownsville, with special guests.

Field Session B: Four Mid-Nineteenth Century National Historic Landmark Battlefields in Cameron County: Challenges to Preserving Cultural Landscapes in the Twenty-First Century
Monday, February 26, 2018, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch included Led by Rolando Garza, National Park Service ($60)

Enjoy the magnificent scenery while visiting Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Landmark, Resaca de la Palma National Historic Landmark and Fort Brown National Historic Landmark. We will start the tour visiting the sprawling last battle of the Civil War, Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL.  Portions of the mid-nineteenth century landscape of the Palmito Ranch Battlefield retain a relatively high degree of integrity, however, that could drastically change in the near future.  After Palmito Ranch Battlefield we will head to Palo Alto Battlefield National Park, which preserves and interprets the sites of the opening battles of the U.S. – Mexican War.  We will start at Palo Alto Battlefield Unit where we will have lunch.  Palo Alto Battlefield NHL remains largely unchanged, however, twentieth-century activities have altered some of the characters of the mid-nineteenth century landscape.  We will examine some of the parks efforts to restore the cultural landscape at Palo Alto.

Field Session C: Brownsville: The Bigger Picture
Monday, February 26, 2018, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, lunch included Led by Stephen Fox, Architectural Historian ($60)

The George Kraigher House (1937), designed by Richard Neutra and listed on PT’s 2004 Most Endangered Places list, has been saved.

This tour highlights a range of 19th- and 20th-century sites focusing on different phases of the environmental, economic, and architectural history of Brownsville. We will drive by—and in some cases visit—the Gorgas Science Foundation’s Sabal Palm Grove, the last remnant of an ancient palm forest, and the adjoining Rabb-Starck Ranch House of 1891; the Pan American Airways Engineering and Accounting Buildings of 1935, the remaining landmark of Pan American Airways’s epic connection to Brownsville; and several architecturally remarkable country houses built by affluent newcomers in the 1930s and ‘40s, including the International Style George Kraigher House of 1937 by Los Angeles architect Richard Neutra. We will also have the opportunity to drive through a series of neighborhoods that give a vivid sense of the city’s development in the 20th century.

Rabb House.

All coaches will depart from the Homewood Suites, 3759 North Expressway, Brownsville, Texas, 78520. Prepare to board at 7:45 am.