Emancipation Park


2018 Urban Land Institute Houston - Urban Open Space Award
2018 AIA North Carolina Merit Award
2018 AIA Houston Merit Award
2018 AIA Triangle Merit Award
2014 AIA Triangle Merit Award - Unbuilt

Location: Houston, Texas
Project Size: 10 acres + 31,000 SF
Budget: $33 Million

Emancipation Park is a 10-acre park purchased by four former slaves in 1872 in Houston’s historic Third Ward neighborhood.  It originally served as a location to celebrate Juneteenth, the June 19, 1865 emancipation of African Americans in Texas. Until the 1950s it was the only public park and swimming pool in Houston open to African Americans. The new Emancipation Park is an inter-woven tapestry of buildings and landscape that celebrate the park’s rich history while embracing the present and future of its community.

Architect: Perkins+Will

Teri Canada served as Project Manager and Edwin Harris served as Lead Designer during previous association with Perkins+Will.

All photographs © Mark Herboth Photography LLC unless otherwise indicated.