Cistern History Tours

08/18/2018 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Sabine Promenade
150 Sabine St.
Houston, TX 77007

Paid Event

The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. As one of the city’s early underground reservoirs, it supported the municipal water system’s goals of fire suppression (water pressure) and drinking water storage. After operating for decades, an irreparable leak was discovered and after a few years, the reservoir was decommissioned in 2007. In 2010, the City of Houston was sourcing vendors to demolish the Cistern. At the same time, Buffalo Bayou Partnership was developing the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project and “discovered” the site. Recognizing the historical and architectural significance of the highly unusual space, Buffalo Bayou Partnership with the City of Houston worked to take over development and maintenance of the space.

  • Docent-led tours every 30 minutes. Maximum of 30 people per tour
  • $5 per person (no children under the age of 9 permitted) for a 30-minute, docent-led tour.
  • Free on Thursdays, but reservations are still required.
  • Tickets must be reserved online up to 60 days in advance.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership