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Allen’s Landing is an historic park that truly defines our city. Often described as “Houston’s Plymouth Rock,” it was here in 1836 that August Chapman and John Kirby Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston as their own. This site, at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous, also became Houston’s first port, a thriving commercial hub and a symbol of our city’s entrepreneurial spirit.
After years of neglect, Buffalo Bayou Partnership took the lead in revitalizing Allen’s Landing into an active and vibrant destination along downtown’s waterfront. Included among a series of enhancements are: entry plaza, embarcadero, historic wharf, hike and bike trails, and public text art designed by local artist team ttweak. John Runnels’ stainless steel canoes grace the entrances and trail lighting add to the splendor of this historic area.
Central to Allen’s Landing revitalization is the restoration of the Sunset Coffee Building, one of the few remaining industrial buildings on Buffalo Bayou and a contributing structure within downtown Houston’s Historic District.