Phillis Wheatley Senior High School

4801 Providence St
  • Architect
  • Year Built
  • Building Type
  • Neighborhood
    Fifth Ward
  • Quadrant
  • Status
    Still With Us

Wheatley High, one of the most architecturally signicant school buildings in Houston, was built near the end of the segregation era to house 1,500 African-American students. Enrollment is now down to 731. HISD marked the exceptionally well-built building for destruction following the successful bond election in November 2002. The excuse: decades of deferred maintenance. The architects — MacKie & Kamrath — were Houston’s foremost modernists in the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright.