Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Image: Katya Horner, courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. 

105-B Sabine Street
Houston, Texas 77007
United States
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About Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is a non-profit organization creating and stewarding welcoming parks, trails, and unique spaces, connecting Houstonians with our city’s most significant natural waterway. The organization’s geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of the bayou that flows from Shepherd Drive, through the heart of downtown into the East End, and onto the Port of Houston Turning Basin. BBP creates and cares for inclusive public spaces such as Buffalo Bayou Park, constructs hike and bike trails, and removes trash from the waterway. Buffalo Bayou Partnership also activates the bayou through unique programs, public art, volunteer events and recreational opportunities that enrich the quality of life in Houston.

About the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
A structure reminiscent of the ancient Roman cisterns in Istanbul, the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is a cavernous, 87,500-square-foot-space featuring more than 200 slender, 25-foot-high concrete columns. BBP rediscovered the Cistern in 2010 when it was developing Buffalo Bayou Park, a 160-acre green space west of downtown Houston. Recognizing the significance of the highly unusual site, BBP took the bold step of repurposing the Cistern into a magnificent public space. In addition to tours highlighting the history and architecture of the Cistern, BBP presents an ambitious program of changing art installations in this iconic space, including past projects by Magdalena Fernández, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Anri Sala. 


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