The Old Sixth Ward Neighborhood Association (O.S.W.N.A.) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in the State of Texas with the mission of preserving the Old Sixth Ward.

The Old Sixth Ward was founded January 1, 1877, by Houston officials from the northern section of the Fourth Ward. It is the oldest intact neighborhood in the city of Houston, and has the largest concentration of Victorian structures in the region, outside of Galveston. Bounded by Memorial Drive, Glenwood Cemetery, Washington Avenue and Houston Avenue, most people know the Old Sixth Ward as "that neighborhood by 1400 Lubbock or “Traffic Ticket Court" on the western edge of downtown. In the center of the neighborhood is MECA formerly known as Justin Dow School Park.

In 1978, the Old Sixth Ward was the first Houston neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designated as a Historic District by the City Council on June 25, 1998. 

Join the OSW Neighborhood Association

Dues are $25 per household each year. Membership is annual and begins in January of each year. 

To become a member of O.S.W.N.A. please mail your information and dues to: 

Old Sixth Ward 
PO Box 1682
Houston, TX 77251

Check are payable to O.S.W.N.A.

Download a membership form here.

Meetings are held the third Monday of the month, 6:30pm, at MECA, Dow School Building, 1900 Kane at Silver.

New to the neighborhood? Check out our New Neighbor Packet.