Established in 1858, the Old Sixth Ward was identified as Fourth Ward North until a city ordinance, created on December 9, 1895, formally named it the Sixth Ward.  
Originally sandwiched between Memorial Drive and Washington Avenue, Houston Avenue and Glenwood Cemetery, the Sixth Ward grew in the 20th century to include other neighborhoods west of it.  However, the neighborhood that was established within the original boundaries exists today as the Old Sixth Ward. It stands today as the oldest intact neighborhood in the city of Houston and features the largest concentration of Victorian structures in the region outside of Galveston.

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. On August 1, 2007, it became the first Protected Historic District in the city where demolition is not permitted except for dire situations. 

The Old Sixth Ward Neighborhood Association's (O.S.W.N.A.) mission is to preserve the Old Sixth Ward and to enhance the quality of life of its residents.

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. 

2019 Annual Meeting & Election 
for the Board of Directors
is on 
February 18, 2019,
6:30pm at MECA

  • Feb 16: Voting Guide will be sent to members
  • Feb 18: Annual Meeting and election of the board of directors (6:30pm at MECA)

Join the OSW Neighborhood Association

Dues is $25 per household, $60 per business, and $10 for people of 60 years of age or older. Membership is annual and begins in January of each year. 

Review the Membership and Voting guidelines to ensure you qualify for membership.

Please print this membership application and return by mail or drop in the OSWNA dropbox located inside MECA.

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.