As Houston and cities in Florida and beyond are beginning the recovery process, Preservation Houston and others are seeking people to partner with them in multiple ways. Read the letter from Preservation Houston's president and executive director below and find out how you can help the efforts to recovery.
Help us help Houston's historic properties
Houston and Harris County have begun the lengthy process of recovering from the unprecedented events of the last few weeks. Residents in several historic neighborhoods are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the unique challenges facing the owners of historic properties.
We are very grateful that several of you have contacted us asking how you can support Preservation Houston's work assisting the owners of flood-damaged historic properties. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, you may do so online with a credit or debit card or mail a check to:
Attn: Harvey Recovery
3272 Westheimer Road, Suite 2
Houston, TX 77098
Preservation Houston is in contact with government agencies at the local, state and national levels and will continue to share accurate, timely information as it becomes available. Our professional staff is working to provide Texas Historical Commission and FEMA with information on historic neighborhoods and significant properties that were damaged in the storm. We are also coordinating the efforts of organizations in Houston and across the country to bring in experts to advise the owners of flood-damaged historic homes and buildings.
Read Preservation Houston's full letter HERE
Rebuild Architecture Center Houston
Hurrican Harvey delivered more than 4' of water and almost total devastation to the new space under construction for Architecture Center Houston in the historic 1906 B.A. Riesner building in downtown Houston. The space was within 3 weeks of completion when the storm hit and flood mitigation designed specifically for this type of event was not yet fully installed. Typical building insurance does not cover flood damage. The risk policy carried by the contractor will cover some of the costs, but has a $250,000 deductible.
Architecture Center Houston could use your help. We've been contacted by colleagues across the country asking how they can help. A donation toward the costs associated with rebuilding our new center would be greatly appreciated. All donations will be acknowledged on a special donor wall inside the new center. All donations are tax deductible and will go to the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, a 501c3 charitable institution whose mission is to educate the public on issues of architecture, urban planning, and design. Any funds raised in excess of our need for the new center will be directed to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by the City of Houston.
Click HERE to Donate
More information on that fund is available HERE
Join the AIA Disaster Assistance Program
AIA's Disaster Assistance Program equips architects with the knowledge and skills to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. As a result, architects’ disaster response processes, protocol, and training are aligned with federal frameworks.
Find out more about the program and how to get involved HERE
Docomomo US will continue to provide updates about how you can be involved in the rebuilding process in both Houston and Florida.