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The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the newly expanded Sam Houston Statue Visitors Center set for Friday, July 20th. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., including the dedication of the William Hodges Education Building.
The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the newly expanded Sam Houston Statue Visitors Center set for Friday, July 20th. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., including the dedication of the William Hodges Education Building.“We will be unveiling a plaque in honor of the late Mr. Hodges,” said Kimm Thomas, Director of Tourism and Cultural Services. “He served the City Council over four terms, was elected Mayor in 1991, and was an important member of our community for many years and in various organizations.”There will be live music along with A Taste of Huntsville featuring local restaurants. Oversized board games will be available on the covered porches for entertainment.Houston-based firm PGAL Architects designed the new building in April 2015, after assessing the needs of the original center built in 1994, which has 2,500 square feet of usable space for offices, gathering areas, and the gift shop. Construction on the 4,000 square-foot expansion project got underway last October. The finished structure will allow for additional office space, renovated restrooms, and a larger meeting room.Care was taken to achieve similarity in the aesthetics during building. Over 1.4 million visitors have passed through the Visitors Center in 24 years, and the numbers are expected to continue growing, according to Thomas.“Our new building will accommodate the schools and groups that also do programs with our department,” said Thomas. “We’re pleased that citizens and visitors will get to enjoy the new Visitors Center beginning this summer.”The new large meeting rooms will be available for rentals beginning July 21st, which will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays, in the evenings, and on weekends. For more information, call Thomas at 936-291-9726 or email kthomas@HuntsvilleTX.gov.