For the Roman Catholic church, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston is the chancery for an archdiocese that encompasses 8,880 square miles and has its 1839 roots in Galveston. In 2000, Houston-founded architecture firm Ziegler Cooper was selected to design a new Cathedral that reflects the modern spiritual values of the community. 73,000 square feet of limestone is piled into muscular shapes, softened by elegant details.
The Sam Houston Hotel opened in 1924 and now resides on the National Register of Historic Places. A few blocks from the downtown theater district, it nods to history while offering all the modern conveniences. Its public spaces, including the rooftop event space Veranda and The Pearl restaurant, are famous for exceptional service.