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Julia Ideson Building

Make your events memorable and extraordinary at the historic Julia Ideson Building!

In the heart of the city, the distinctive and elegant Spanish architecture stands out among the glass contemporary buildings that surround it. 

The exceptional romantic spaces and corridors with high-arched windows, as well as the artwork, make it the perfect destination setting for weddings, galas, formal dinners, photo sessions, business meetings, corporate parties, and a variety of other events.

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African American Library at the Gregory School

Walk through pavers with embedded traditional West African symbols as you enter into the glass lobby. The lobby features a frameless glass curtain wall, and a 23 foot tall wall of patterned oxidized copper panels, offering breathtaking views of Houston’s skyline.

Celebrate unforgettable receptions, parties, meetings and a variety of events in the spaces of this historical building.  Capture a glimpse of history as you stroll through the Gregory School, located in historic Freedman’s Town.

This building once housed the first public school for African Americans in Houston. Built in 1926, the historic building is now a restored masterpiece that houses many treasured archival collections of African American history in Houston.

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Celebrate an unforgettable and exceptional event at the Houston Public Library’s historic Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research!

Experience the feeling of serene days gone by at the historic Clayton House located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. This manor was built in 1917 by William Lockhart Clayton, a prominent Houston businessman and statesman, and his wife Susan Ada Vaughn Clayton.

This Georgian-style house was their family’s home. In 1958 the Clayton House was deeded to the City of Houston to be used as a library. In 1968 a genealogy collection was placed in this facility.