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Loved this place!

It's located next to the Houston Public Library and City Hall. Beautiful place and beautiful... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2016
Anastasia P
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Looking for a wedding location

We looked into having our wedding take place here, but seeing as I was living abroad at the time of... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2016
Marlies R
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Jul 29, 2018
“Beautiful architecture”
Jun 2, 2016
“Loved this place! ”
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

There is not a lot to do once you have toured the building, but the structure is lovely reminder of a previous era, and it's a great place for a quiet read.

Thank Melissa Z
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

It's located next to the Houston Public Library and City Hall. Beautiful place and beautiful architecture! We were recommended to go here by a lady from City Hall! And glad we went here! 😍

Thank Anastasia P
Reviewed April 3, 2016

We looked into having our wedding take place here, but seeing as I was living abroad at the time of the preparations thought it too complicated as you only rent the "empty" room, have to bring in and organize every little thing like chairs and...More

Thank Marlies R
Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Great example of old public library. Nice old tile work, beautiful woodwork, and stunning ceiling in event space. There is an audio tour, and displays. Nice juxtaposition to modern surrounding buildings.

1  Thank Sheryl B
Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Julia Ideson reading room is a wealth of knowledge about the history of Houston and Texas. The staff is very attentive and supportive.

Thank VOjoe
Reviewed December 21, 2014

This was the public library in 1927. Houston archives are in this building. The design in of the ceiling and the building itself is a great free tour. Also check out the Courthouse downtown. It was renovated and finished in 2011. The 100th anniversary of...More

Thank Matt R
Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a great recently renovated building with a reading room, viewing balcony, exhibit hall, murals and Texas archives. The building was named after Houston's first professional librarian and features many tables and nooks for quiet reading or studying, along with balconies to step outside...More

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