Heights Tours

Carter & Cooley Delicatessen is housed in a building that was once a drug store.Houston Heights was found in 1892 (1896 – 1918), Independence Heights was found in 1910 (1915 – 1929), Woodland Heights subdivision (1907 – Present), Sawyer Heights, Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Stone Heights, Stude, Brooke Smith, Norhill, and Norhill North Subdivisions

Most people do not realize that several different Heights exist.  They have wonderful and diverse architecture with many Victorian and Craftsmen homes, tall trees, several houses of worship, and rich histories.

All driving tours begin at the Visitors Center located on the first floor of City Hall at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. A ramp to enter the building is on the Bagby Street. The actual entrance into the Visitors Center is on the north side of the building at 510 Walker Street, Houston, Texas 77002. We can be flexible in mixing and matching different options on the Heights Tours. For groups of 15 or more people, some time adjustments need to be made; for example, one needs to double the amount of time at the Yale Street Grill

Agendas for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8-Hour Tours for Tourists


A.  Agenda for a 3-Hour Heights Tour, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Three-hour tours are so short that they are normally either walking tours through the Houston Heights or driving tours with minimal stops.  The three-hour tours start at 10:00 AM, whereas the other tours start at 9:00 AM.

The three-hour walking tour will start by the Carter & Cooley Company Delicatessen at 375 West 19th Street, Houston, Texas 77008.  This is at the northeast intersection with Ashland Street. 

  1. 10:00 – 10:15 AM – Introductions and use the bathrooms – 15 minutes.
  2. 10:15 – 11:00 AM – Drive from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Center (GHCVC) at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002 to tour Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Houston Heights, Independence Heights, and Stone Heights.  This will include seeing a former bank that Bonnie and Clyde may have robbed, a home where the duo allegedly hid, John Reagan High School, Hamilton Middle School, Donovan Park, the oldest branch library Heights Library, the former 1914 Houston Heights City Hall, Milroy Park, Victorian homes, gazebos, monuments and memorials, churches, a Masonic lodge, Marmion Park, narratives, Stone Heights to see the Farmer’s Market/Canino’s Food Produce, El Bolillo Bakery, and the Flores Spice Company, and more – 45 minutes. 
  3. 11:00 – 11:20 AM – Drive to and through 22nd Street.  See the area where the pedophilia serial killer Dean Corll lived, and where the former Helms Elementary School, a bakery, and antique store are located.  Continue to the former downtown Houston Heights along 19th Street to look at the many restaurants, and antique, resale, and curio shops.
  4. 11:30 – 11:50 AM – The Art Car Museum or the Yale Street Grill for malts and shakes.  Bathroom break.  The Art Car Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday – 20 minutes.
  5. 12:00 – 12:20 PM – The former art studio of David Adickes in Sawyer Heights.  Adickes has over 35 two-story tall busts of heads of the presidents and four-story tall statues of The Beatles, and a bathroom break – 20 minutes.
  6. 12:30 – 12:50 PM – Tour Woodland Heights – 20 minutes.
  7. 12:50 – 1:00 PM – Drive back to the GHCVC at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

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B.  Agenda for a 4-Hour Heights Tour, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  1. 9:00 – 9:15 AM – Introductions and use the bathrooms – 15 minutes.
  2. 9:15 – 10:00 AM – Drive from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Center (GHCVC) at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002 to tour Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Houston Heights, Independence Heights, and Stone Heights.  This will include seeing a former bank that Bonnie and Clyde may have robbed, an home where the duo allegedly hid, John Reagan High School, Hamilton Middle School, Donovan Park, the oldest branch library Heights Library, the former 1914 Houston Heights City Hall, Milroy Park, Victorian homes, gazebos, monuments and memorials, churches, a Masonic lodge, Marmion Park, narratives, Stone Heights to see the Farmer’s Market/Canino’s Food Produce, El Bolillo Bakery, and the Flores Spice Company, and more – 45 minutes. 
  3. 10:15 – 11:00 AM – Farmer’s Market/Canino’s Food Produce, El Bolillo Bakery, and the Flores Spice Company – 45 minutes.
  4. 11:00 – 11:20 AM – Drive to and through 22nd Street.  See the area where the pedophilia serial killer Dean Corll lived, and where the former Helms Elementary School, a bakery, and antique store are located.  Continue to the former downtown Houston Heights along 19th Street to look at the many restaurants, and antique, resale, and curio shops.
  5. 11:30 – 11:50 AM – The Art Car Museum or the Yale Street Grill for malts and shakes.  The Art Car Museum is closes on Monday and Tuesday – 20 minutes.
  6. 12:00 – 12:20 PM – The former art studio of David Adickes in Sawyer Heights.  Adickes has over 35 two-story tall busts of heads of the presidents and four-story tall statues of The Beatles, and a bathroom break – 20 minutes.
  7. 12:30 – 12:50 PM – Tour Woodland Heights – 20 minutes.
  8. 12:50 – 1:00 PM – Drive back to the GHCVC at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

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C.  Agenda for a 5-Hour Heights Tour, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

  1. 9:00 – 9:15 AM – Introductions and use the bathrooms – 15 minutes.
  2. 9:15 – 10:00 AM – Drive from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Center (GHCVC) at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002 to tour Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Houston Heights, Independence Heights, and Stone Heights.  This will include seeing a former bank that Bonnie and Clyde may have robbed, a home where the duo allegedly hid, John Reagan High School, Hamilton Middle School, Donovan Park, the oldest branch library Heights Library, the former 1914 Houston Heights City Hall, Milroy Park, Victorian homes, gazebos, monuments and memorials, churches, a Masonic lodge, Marmion Park, narratives, and more – 45 minutes. 
  3. 10:15 – 11:00 AM – Farmer’s Market/Canino’s Food Produce, El Bolillo Bakery, and the Flores Spice Company – 45 minutes.
  4. 11:00 – 11:15 AM – Drive to and through 22nd Street.  See the area where the pedophilia serial killer Dean Corll lived, and where the former Helms Elementary School, a bakery, and antique store are located.  Continue to the former downtown Houston Heights along 19th Street to look at the many restaurants, and antique, resale, and curio shops. We normally eat lunch at the Carter & Cooley’s Company Delicatessen.  Other restaurants within walking distance on 19th Street include Collina’s, Torchy Tacos, Shade, and Beck’s Prime.  19th Street has numerous antique, resale, and curio shops.
  5. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Lunch and shopping along 19th Street – 1 hour.
  6. 12:30 – 12:50 PM – The Art Car Museum or the Yale Street Grill for malts and shakes.  The Art Car Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday – 20 minutes.
  7. 1:00 – 1:20 PM – The former art studio of David Adickes in Sawyer Heights.  Adickes has over 35 two-story tall busts of heads of the presidents and four-story tall statues of The Beatles, and a bathroom break – 20 minutes.
  8. 1:30 – 1:50 PM – Tour Woodland Heights – 20 minutes.
  9. 1:50 – 2:00 PM – Drive back to the GHCVC at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

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D.  Agenda for a 6-Hour Heights Tour, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

  1. 9:00 – 9:15 AM – Introductions and use the bathrooms – 15 minutes.
  2. 9:15 – 10:00 AM – Drive from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Center (GHCVC) at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002 to tour Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Houston Heights, Independence Heights, and Stone Heights.  This will include seeing a former bank that Bonnie and Clyde may have robbed, a home where the duo allegedly hid, John Reagan High School, Hamilton Middle School, Donovan Park, the oldest branch library Heights Library, the former 1914 Houston Heights City Hall, Milroy Park, Victorian homes, gazebos, monuments and memorials, churches, a Masonic lodge, Marmion Park, narratives, and more – 45 minutes. 
  3. 10:15 – 11:00 AM – Farmer’s Market/Canino’s Food Produce, El Bolillo Bakery, and the Flores Spice Company – 45 minutes.
  4. 11:00 – 11:15 AM – Drive to and through 22nd Street.  See the area where the pedophilia serial killer Dean Corll lived, and where the former Helms Elementary School, a bakery, and antique store are located.  Continue to the former downtown Houston Heights along 19th Street to look at the many restaurants, and antique, resale, and curio shops. We normally eat lunch at the Carter & Cooley’s Company Delicatessen.  Other restaurants within walking distance on 19th Street include Collina’s, Torchy Tacos, Shade, and Beck’s Prime.  19th Street has numerous antique, resale, and curio shops.
  5. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Lunch and shopping along 19th Street – 1 hour.
  6. 12:30 – 12:50 PM – HITS (Children’s Theater) or a tour of Joshua’s Native Plants and Garden Antiques – 20 minutes.
  7. 1:00 – 1:20 PM – Opera in the Heights or Penzeys Spices – 20 minutes.
  8. 1:30 – 1:50 PM – The Art Car Museum or the Yale Street Grill for malts and shakes.  The Art Car Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday – 20 minutes.
  9. 2:00 – 2:20 PM – The former art studio of David Adickes in Sawyer Heights.  Adickes has over 35 two-story tall busts of heads of the presidents and four-story tall statues of The Beatles, and a bathroom break – 20 minutes.
  10. 2:30 – 2:50 PM – Tour Woodland Heights – 20 minutes.
  11. 2:50 – 3:00 PM – Drive back to the GHCVC at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

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E.  Agenda for a 7-Hour Heights Tour, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  1. 9:00 – 9:15 AM – Introductions and use the bathrooms – 15 minutes.
  2. 9:15 – 10:00 AM – Drive from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Center (GHCVC) at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002 to tour Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Houston Heights, Independence Heights, and Stone Heights.  This will include seeing a former bank that Bonnie and Clyde may have robbed, a home where the duo allegedly hid, John Reagan High School, Hamilton Middle School, Donovan Park, the oldest branch library Heights Library, the former 1914 Houston Heights City Hall, Milroy Park, Victorian homes, gazebos, monuments and memorials, churches, a Masonic lodge, Marmion Park, narratives, and more – 45 minutes. 
  3. 10:15 – 11:00 AM – Farmer’s Market/Canino’s Food Produce, El Bolillo Bakery, and the Flores Spice Company – 45 minutes.
  4. 11:00 – 11:15 AM – Drive to and through 22nd Street.  See the area where the pedophilia serial killer Dean Corll lived, and where the former Helms Elementary School, a bakery, and antique store are located.  Continue to the former downtown Houston Heights along 19th Street to look at the many restaurants, and antique, resale, and curio shops. We normally eat lunch at the Carter & Cooley’s Company Delicatessen.  Other restaurants within walking distance on 19th Street include Collina’s, Torchy Tacos, Shade, and Beck’s Prime.  19th Street has numerous antique, resale, and curio shops.
  5. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Lunch and shopping along 19th Street – 1 hour.
  6. 12:30 – 12:50 PM – HITS (Children’s Theater) or a tour of Joshua’s Native Plants and Garden Antiques – 20 minutes.
  7. 1:00 – 1:20 PM – Opera in the Heights or Penzeys Spices – 20 minutes.
  8. 1:30 – 1:50 PM – The Noble Lady Spa & Salon or The Houston Theosophical Society – 20 minutes.
  9. 2:00 – 2:30 PM – Tour the 1914 former City Hall building or the 11th Street area art galleries – 20 minutes.
  10. 2:30 – 2:50 PM – The Art Car Museum or the Yale Street Grill for malts and shakes.  The Art Car Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday – 20 minutes.
  11. 3:00 – 3:20 PM – The former art studio of David Adickes in Sawyer Heights.  Adickes has over 35 two-story tall busts of heads of the presidents and four-story tall statues of The Beatles, and a bathroom break – 20 minutes.
  12. 3:30 – 3:50 PM – Tour Woodland Heights – 20 minutes.
  13. 3:50 – 4:00 PM – Drive back to the GHCVC at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

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F.  Agenda for an 8-Hour Heights Tour, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  1. 9:00 – 9:15 AM – Introductions and use the bathrooms – 15 minutes.
  2. 9:15 – 10:00 AM – Drive from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Center (GHCVC) at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002 to tour Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Houston Heights, Independence Heights, and Stone Heights.  This will include seeing a former bank that Bonnie and Clyde may have robbed, a home where the duo allegedly hid, John Reagan High School, Hamilton Middle School, Donovan Park, the oldest branch library Heights Library, the former 1914 Houston Heights City Hall, Milroy Park, Victorian homes, gazebos, monuments and memorials, churches, a Masonic lodge, Marmion Park, narratives, and more – 45 minutes. 
  3. 10:15 – 11:00 AM – Farmer’s Market/Canino’s Food Produce, El Bolillo Bakery, and the Flores Spice Company – 45 minutes.
  4. 11:00 – 11:15 AM – Drive to and through 22nd Street.  See the area where the pedophilia serial killer Dean Corll lived, and where the former Helms Elementary School, a bakery, and antique store are located.  Continue to the former downtown Houston Heights along 19th Street to look at the many restaurants, and antique, resale, and curio shops. We normally eat lunch at the Carter & Cooley’s Company Delicatessen.  Other restaurants within walking distance on 19th Street include Collina’s, Torchy Tacos, Shade, and Beck’s Prime.  19th Street has numerous antique, resale, and curio shops.
  5. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Lunch and shopping along 19th Street – 1 hour.
  6. 12:30 – 12:50 PM – HITS (Children’s Theater) – 20 minutes.
  7. 1:00 – 1:20 PM – Joshua’s Native Plants and Garden Antiques – 20 minutes.
  8. 1:30 – 1:50 PM – Opera in the Heights or Penzeys Spices – 20 minutes.
  9. 2:00 – 2:20 PM – The Noble Lady Spa & Salon or The Houston Theosophical Society – 20 minutes.
  10. 2:30 – 2:50 PM – Tour the 1914 former City Hall building or the 11th Street area art galleries – 20 minutes.
  11. 3:00 – 3:20 PM – The Yale Street Grill for malts and shakes – 20 minutes.
  12. 3:30 – 3:50 PM – The Art Car Museum.  The Art Car Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.  Another one of the above options from #8, 9, or 10 can substitute for the Art Car Museum – 20 minutes.
  13. 4:00 – 4:20 PM – The former art studio of David Adickes in Sawyer Heights.  Adickes has over 35 two-story tall busts of heads of the presidents and four-story tall statues of The Beatles, and a bathroom break – 20 minutes.
  14. 4:30 – 4:50 PM – Tour Woodland Heights – 20 minutes.
  15. 4:50 – 5:00 PM – Drive back to the GHCVC at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

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