Historical tour of The Cistern: A Chilling Echo & Countless Columns
Last year in the spring, a wondrous local attraction was unveiled. It’s called the Cistern, and that’s just what it is: an underground concrete cistern the size of one and a half football fields – nearly two acres – that once held 15 million gallons of Houston drinking water. It’s cool, dark and features more than 220 25-foot-tall slender concrete columns, as well as a 17-second echo. The Cistern was built in 1926 by the City of Houston to support the city’s water system for fire fighting (via increased water pressure) and drinking water storage. It was used for nearly eight decades until an irreparable leak was discovered in the mid-2000s and the reservoir was decommissioned.
LUNCH: on your own at Cleburne Cafeteria (credit cards welcome)followed by a tour of the The Rienzi Museum
Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, is situated on four acres of wooded gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Formerly the home of philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi was designed by prominent Houston architect John Staub in 1952 . Opened to the public in 1999, Rienzi houses a substantial collection of European decorative arts, paintings, furnishings, porcelain, and miniatures
Cost : Total: 12.00 (The Cistern $8.00, The Rienzi Museum $4.00)
Please be at the church by 9:00 a.m. (for a 9:15 a.m. departure). We’ll return to Grace by 3 p.m.. Payment due by September 9.