The Heritage Society presents See Interesting Places: The Ballroom at Bayou Place

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Office of Albert Thomas at Bayou Place
Photo courtesy of The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park

Albert Thomas was Houston's Democratic congressman for 29 years, an LBJ protégé, instrumental in bringing NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center to the Bayou City. A year after his death, in 1967, the city opened the Albert Thomas Convention and Exhibit Center, in the structure Bayou Place now occupies. It cost $12 million and, in true Houston fashion, closed a mere two decades later upon construction of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Thanks to preservation efforts when the convention center was reborn as Bayou Place in 1997, you can still see a replica of the room in which Thomas wielded his power, complete with photos of the congressman chumming it up with President Kennedy. A U.S. Congressional seal hangs on the back wall, while an old red book rests in the middle of his wooden desk; appropriately, it's titled Science in Space.

There will be a short program discussing Congressman Thomas' illustrious career and his important contributions to Houston. There will also be an opportunity to view his office.

The event will be limited to 150 guests (15 percent capacity) to provide for safe health protocols. Guests are asked to wear a mask and practice safe physical distancing. Advance reservations are required. Proceeds support the general operations of The Heritage Society.

Event Details



The Ballroom at Bayou Place
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX

Ticket Info

$55 for members, $60 for non-members