Byrne-Reed House

Located in downtown Austin, the Byrne-Reed House is the headquarters of Humanities Texas. The restored building has significantly enhanced our capacity to promote the humanities in Texas. The gracious public spaces on the first floor, including the Julius and Suzan Glickman Room, provide a grand setting for our own events and those of other organizations. The restoration also has captured public attention, receiving eleven architectural awards and significant coverage in national and statewide magazines. The Byrne-Reed House embodies our organization’s commitment to history, culture, and education and dramatically highlights the importance of our work.


Built more than a century ago, the Byrne-Reed House reflects a Texas vernacular style that combined popular architectural trends of the period. Learn more about our historic Austin home and the families that lived here. 


Although the restoration of the Byrne-Reed House took only a year, it was the culmination of almost a decade’s work. Learn more about process and people that made this remarkable transformation possible. 

Capital Campaign

Humanities Texas received generous support for the Byrne-Reed House restoration. We are immensely grateful to the individuals and foundations that contributed to this project.


The Byrne-Reed House has been featured in statewide and national publications including: