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. 

Recent Announcements

  • Good Brick Tour on May 2 & 3 Join Preservation Houston for a unique insider's look at a selection of current and former Good Brick Award-winning restoration projects during the 2015 Good Brick Tour, noon to ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2015, 7:13 PM by Old Sixth Ward
  • New Website The new website was officially launched on April 20, 2015. Most features have been migrated from the old site to the new site. The History section, including the pictures from ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2015, 10:45 PM by Old Sixth Ward
  • Open Streets will be on Washington on June 1 This spring, the City of Houston will pilot Sunday Streets HTX. A portion of a great Houston street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11am - 3pm during the first ...
    Posted May 20, 2014, 8:59 PM by Old Sixth Ward
Showing posts 1 - 3 of 6. View more »

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.