There is always something new and different to experience when you visit Houston’s Museum District. In fact some of the sights are so close to Dr Brewton’s office you can’t help but check them out before or after a visit to your favorite Houston doctor.
New Museum District Gem: McGovern Centennial Gardens
First on our list is the new McGovern Centennial Gardens which is kitty-corner from Dr. Brewton’s office on Hermann Park Drive at Caroline Street. It officially opened in October but inclement weather slowed down the planting schedule so you’ll see a few finishing touches being put in place now in time for December. Within the garden is the new Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, which was designed by architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Bohlin is world-famous as the designer of the iconic Apple Stores.
Houston Museum District’s Bosta Wine and Coffee Bar
Before or after a brisk walk through the McGovern Centennial Gardens, you can check out the new Bosta Wine and Coffee Bar on 1801 Binz Street (at Chenevert) in Houston’s Museum District. It has a very spare, modern loft vibe with bare white walls, like something you might see in Montréal. Warm up with a cappuccino or hot chocolate. Also recommended are their lunch plates, with a rotating selection of soup and half sandwich combinations. We loved the kale salad they had on offer the day we visited. And we’ve saved the best for last: Bosta offers free covered parking! Drive into their main garage directly from Binz and park on the ground floor at no charge.
Hidden Houston Museum District: Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas”
Given the recent spell of cold weather in Houston, some of us have been grousing that we are actually living in Moscow on the Brazos, which brings us to the next stop on our Museum District tour. Somehow we didn’t know about the Russian Cultural Center, located on 2337 Bissonnet Street (one block west of Greenbriar/Shepherd).
The RCC has stepped up their program schedule as they try to fundraise for a new location. Between now and the end of 2014, you can:
- Check out their holiday bazaar for unique gifts (including nested Russian dolls!
- View an exhibition of Soviet-era-style Christmas and New Year postcards
- Watch a documentary film on Pussy Riot – The Movement Friday, December 5, 2014, 7:30 pm
Know Your Houston District Architectural Landmarks and the Architects Who Designed Them
Bundle up this coming December 27th at 10:00 am for the fourth Museum District Walking Tour hosted by the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). During this two hour tour you’ll learn about four major landmarks:
- Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Cullinan Hall (1958) and the Brown Pavilion (1974) by Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)
- Contemporary Arts Museum – Houston (1972) by Gunnar Birkerts (b1925)
- The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden (1986) at the MFAH by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)
- Asia Society Texas Center (2012) by Yoshio Taniguchi (1937)
Meet at 10 a.m. December 27 at the Miro sculpture in front of the Glassell School at 5101 Montrose Boulevard, Houston.
Houston Museum District: Home of Asia Society Texas
If you’d like a more in-depth tour of the new Asia Society Texas Center by Yoshio Taniguchi, you are invited to take a guided tour on December 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. The hour-long tour will include:
- The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
- Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center
- Elkins Foundation Water Garden
- Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall
- The Water Garden Terrace
Immediately following the architecture tour, is docent-guided viewing of photographer/artist Kirk Pedersen’s exhibition of urban Asia images at 3 p.m.
Crash Course in Chinese at Asia Society Texas Center
The Asia Society Texas is now offering a ‘Crash Course‘ in Chinese (Mandarin) in cooperation with the Chinese Community Center. You can sign up now for the 10 week course starting in the first week of January 2014.
- Beginner Chinese I: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. from Jan 12 – March 16, 2015
- Beginner Chinese II: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. from Jan 12 – March 16, 2015
These 10 week courses include all the learning materials. Tip: Join the Asia Society Texas before you sign up for the $400 course and you can get a $50 discount.
We hope you enjoyed this update on the sites and happenings in the Houston Museum District.