The vision of philanthropists, John and Dominique de Menil, The Rothko Chapel is a block away from the extraordinary art museum, The Menil Collection. The abstract expressionist Mark Rothko created 14 immense paintings for the sacred space, and the meditative aura that resulted is the true definition of tranquility. Renowned architect, Phillip Johnson, along with Houston's own Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubrey designed the octagonal brick structure that overlooks Barnett Newman's sculptural tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free to all and open to people of all beliefs, the independent site made it to the official National Register of Historic Places.
In 1839, this Methodist congregation met in the Senate Chamber of the Capital of the Republic of Texas. By 1844, when the "Little Red Brick Church" was built, there were 68 members out of a Houston population of 2,000. By 1910, after moving to two other buildings, Sanguine and Staats designed the gothic Akron-Style church, which is in use today. The church contains ten stained glass windows, nine of which survived the fire of 1983. There is also a splendid Swedish chandelier with 1,001 prisms plus the Acolian Skinner pipe organ has 118 ranks.
Dating from 1843, this is the oldest Episcopal parish church in Houston. Silas Mcbee's gothic-styled church, built in 1893, has outstanding brickwork and sandstone-topped parapets. The vast nave of dark-stained wood creates a commanding interior. The stained-glass window, called Caritas, was installed by Tiffany Studios and can be viewed on the side of the nave closest to Fannin Street. William Ward Watkin was the architect for the Golding Memorial Chapel that was added in 1939. The iron fence and palm trees in the area provide a lovely Victorian-influenced space for relaxing conversation.
Lakewood Church has helped millions of people in over 150 countries come closer to Jesus Christ through its Christian outreach center. It's no wonder that this evangelical megachurch in Houston has the highest attendance in the country. The building seats a whopping 16,800 visitors. Ongoing events and programs organized by the many ministries offer many opportunities to learn and participate in the church's work. Lakewood holds services on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays with a Spanish service in the afternoon.
This graceful stone church with its bell tower looks as elegant as many European cathedrals. Built in the early part of the 1900s in the Stone Gothic style, it is one of the most visited landmarks in the beautiful area surrounding Hermann Park. The church is very active and welcoming with day care provided for both Sunday morning services.
Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center is a popular ice skating ring, located on Lexington Boulevard in Sugar Land, Texas. This ice ring is also a multi-purpose sports arena and is used for a variety of different sporting activities, including ice hockey, figure skating, public skating and beginner's level ice-skating classes. The arena also organizes round-the-year youth as well as adult hockey leagues with the mission to identify, nurture and develop future hockey stars. Other state-of-the-art facilities on offer at this ice arena include twin ice rinks, clinics, personal locker rooms, a bar & grill that serves up delicious food to visitors.
Located inside the Christ Church Cathedral, Cloister Gallery is a true hidden gem. The gallery hosts exhibitions on monthly basis with an aim to promote as well as encourage local artists. Intricate oil paintings and watercolor art, in addition to photography occupy most of their exhibitions calendar. Cloister Gallery is also used as a venue for concerts and religious events.
Houston Public Library serves almost two million residents of Houston, comprises 44 public service units and Central Library is the flagship of all the facilities. It also serves as a platform of cultural, recreational and educational programs and services for people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. All the privileges and services provided by Houston Public Library is free for all Texas residents. The benefits of a Houston Public Library card is that you can access more than six million books, e-books, magazines, DVDs and research materials, access to 130 electronic resources and so on. They encourage volunteering and donations.
Fotofest Headquarters Gallery is an amalgamation of creativity and modernity. Home to the popular festival, Fotofest (which happens to be the country's largest non-commercial photography exhibition), it attracts hordes of photography enthusiasts throughout the year. Amateurs who want to learn a thing or two about the art of taking good pictures, and professionals who want to experiment with new styles and modes will love to browse through the passel of exhibits and images on display. The gallery is a veritable treat for anyone with even a mild interest in photography. Special events, photography workshops, sessions and classes are lined up by the dozen to acquaint you with this art form. Check the website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Any art aficionado touring Houston, simply cannot miss Atelier Jacquinet, a gallery celebrating art with their namesake artist's vision at heart. Paintings and photography form the nucleus of most of the exhibitions held here. Owning to Jacquinet's history in culinary art, gastronomy events with an artistic touch are also frequently hosted here.