Asakura Robinson
Landscape Architecture - Urban Design - Master Planning
1902 Washington Avenue, Suite A
Tel: 713-337-5830

Beautiful, sustainable, people places

Spacetaker / ARC Gallery
2101 Winter Street, Studio B11
Tel: 713-868-1839
Spacetaker is a 501(c)3 professional organization and Artist Resource Center located in Houston's First Ward whose mission is to provide artists and non profits access to economic development, continuing education, and networking opportunities to support their professional growth.

1900 Kane Street
Tel: 713-802-9370

MECA is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to the healthy development of underserved youth and adults through arts and cultural programming, academic excellence, support services and community building.

The First Ward neighborhood of Houston is located just north of the downtown area. It is a revitalizing neighborhood that is at the center of the city's art scene, with more artists per square mile than any other Houston area. The neighborhood's diversity is one of its strengths that combined with its culture and business community makes the First Ward an exciting place to live. With our proximity to downtown, you are minutes away from the Thearter district, Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center, and Discovery Green.

Theater Lab
1706 Alamo St.
Tel 713-868-7516

Presents the best in contemporary theater in the Off-Broadway genre, from nationally and internationally renowned playwrights; dramas and comedies that will take you on an adventure while exploring the human condition and the issues of our time. Our theater space has been designed with the flexibility to stage each production for best dramatic impact; the entire theater becomes, in effect, a playing area. This intimate setting invites you to participate in live theater with a new and exciting immediacy.


While in the neighborhood, be sure to visit our favorite hotspots. These establishments not only offer superb food, beverages and elixers but are great supporters of the arts!

2310 Decatur Street at Sawyer
phone: 713-864-beav (2328)

Beaver's - Gastropub Meets Texas Icehouse

Beaver's is a great place to hang out and enjoy friends, fun drinks and great food - it's just "DAM GOOD!" With menus that focus on Texas coastal cuisines and playful (but serious) cocktails, beer and wine, Beaver's takes the traditional Texas icehouse to another level.

2201 Washington Ave
phone: 713-861-8448

Dedicated to the Art and Science of coffee from seed to cup. We constantly attempt to improve the quality of the coffee market by learning as much as we can and then passing that information on to the consumer. Catalina Coffee opened its doors in April 2007 by owner Max Gonzalez.

1923 Taylor
phone: 713-862-0080

Our mission - "Feed your belly, feed your soul."

Broken Spoke Cafe
1809 Washington Ave
phone: 713-863-7029

Dharma Cafe
1718 Houston Ave
phone: 713-222-6996

Our menu is very eclectic with everything from sushi to home made pasta and evolves with the seasons.

Liberty Station
2101 Washington Ave
phone: 713-640-5220

A relaxing laid-back atmosphere, premium liquor, and a great beer selection both draft and bottle. Come sit back, relax and enjoy the type of bar the neighborhood has been waiting for.

Sawyer Park
2412 Washington Ave
phone: 713-398-8442

Washington Grill
2811 Washington Ave
phone: 281-501-2028

Washington Grill is the newest bar on Washington and it is NOT what you are used to. A HUGE lush garden serves as your playground and comes right up to our outdoor bar. We have two outdoor patios, a covered patio and TWO indoor bars. Two on-site parking lots are right outside our door.

Elizabeth Swift Catering
phone: 713-526-7600

A marketing and publicity rebellion
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Support the Creation of a Cultural Arts District in Houston
The creation of a Cultural Arts District has many benefits for the area. A recognized concentration of cultural facilities serves to increase economic development, increase visibility to the area, promote tourism and support local businesses all of which create opportunities for further improvement of the area as a safe and exciting place to live, work and visit.

We ask you to show your support for the creation of the Lower Washington Cultural Arts District. The more support we can gain from area residents, Houstonians and others who plan to utilize the area, business leaders, government officials, etc, the more impact our application to the TCA will have. The deadline for submittal is June 1st. Please sign our petition of support and send to all your friends and colleagues asking them to do the same. Thank you!