Houston Heights

Live Oak Friends Meeting House

1318 W 26th St Houston, TX 77008 Map It
  • Address:
    1318 W 26th St
    Houston, TX 77008

The Live Oak Friends Meeting House is one of the more interesting and overlooked spots in Houston.

Established in 1954 by the Quakers in Houston, the meeting was originally hosted in the home of Walter and Myra Whitson. It took several years to find the right fit, but in the late 1990s, a new meeting house was established.

The meeting house has now developed into more than a place for worship thanks to the Quaker artist, James Turrell. Turrell created the Skyspace which has become the heart of the meeting house. Although it appears to be merely a skylight, it is so much more. The idea behind it was to, “allow the viewer to experience ‘a light that inhabits space, so that you feel physically present.’”

The Live Oak Friends Meeting House has become a popular destination among Quakers and Houstonians alike. Thirty minutes before sundown on the first Sunday evening of the month and every Friday evening, the meeting house is opened to the public for viewings. Private group views may also be arranged.

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