Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm
500 McKinney, Houston TX 77002
Phone: (832) 393-1313
The Julia Ideson Building has been a Houston landmark since it opened in 1926. The 18,181 square foot Spanish Renaissance structure served as the Houston Central Library until 1976 and has long been regarded as one of the city’s most prominent public buildings. Named for Houston’s first professional librarian, the three-story, 66,000-square-foot Ideson Library sits just across McKinney Street from City Hall.
In 2009, a multi-million-dollar project began to complete the building’s initial design, which was abandoned due to the Great Depression, and restore the library to its original grandeur. New elements were also added including a state-of-the-art archival footage wing and work areas, plus an outdoor garden and reading room that complement the original, historic structure. The building serves not only as a place for research and work, but also as a venue for exhibits, meetings and special events.
The Houston Metropolitan Research Center inside the Ideson boasts a valuable collection, including 4.5 million photographic images of historic events and everyday life in Houston and the surrounding area, 150,000 sets of architectural drawings from more than 250 architects, 7,000 volumes of rare children’s books, 12,000 volumes of rare books and 3,000 rare pamphlets in the John Milsaps collection. Numerous rare books, such as a fifteenth-century illuminated Book of Hours from Flanders, a 1520 edition of The Odyssey, a 1615 edition of Don Quixote and first editions of Moby Dick and Alice in Wonderland are also part of the collection.
Directions from the Hyatt Regency
The Julia Ideson Library is only .30 miles or an 8 minute walk from the host Hyatt Regency Hotel. Turn left after exiting the Hotel’s Louisiana exit. Head north on Louisiana for 2 ½ blocks. Turn left (west) on McKinney and proceed for 2 blocks. The main entrance to the library will be on your left.
For those driving in, entrance to the underground parking garage is located on Lamar between Bagby and Brazos below the Central Library. Parking is $2/hour with a $16/day maximum. Limited parking is available on the street.
The hotel shuttle bus will be available for those requiring assistance traveling to the reception.