Julia Ideson Building
An integral part of the Houston Public Library System and longstanding downtown Houston fixture, the Julia Ideson Building is one of the most beautiful and historic spots you can visit while in town! This breathtaking Spanish architecture is very grandiose, with Spanish brick floors, marble pillars, and grand staircases throughout.
Head to the Reading Room and see all the original fixtures from 1926, when the building opened. You can see several impressive original archives in here, as well as get a great view of the featured art, the gorgeous gold and wood painted flowers on the ceiling (look up!). It is in this room that you can also learn more about the building's namesake herself, Julia Bedford Ideson. Ideson was the first head librarian in the Houston Public Library System, a position she held for a little over 40 years.
The beauty of the place as described, in addition with typically good weather and excellent lighting streaming through the high arched windows make this one of the city's top spots for weddings and ceremonies, as well.
**NOTE: The building is not open Sunday or Monday