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The Link-Lee Mansion on the University of St. Thomas campus is one of Houston’s most treasured architectural jewels. In 2001, it became a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, the highest honor the state can bestow on a historic structure.

Originally owned by Houston financier and attorney John W. Link, the mansion was completed in 1912. Years later, it was sold to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and later acquired by the Basilian Fathers, a congregation of priests devoted to teaching who founded the University.

In October, 2014, the University's Board of Directors approved the building's renovation and restoration. Friends of Link-Lee, a group of committed supporters and preservationists have undertaken this effort.


In this video, UST President Dr. Richard L. Ludwick and former president Dr. Robert Ivany talk about the importance of preserving Link-Lee for generations to come.

The photos below show examples of Link-Lee's crumbling infrastructure (click on each to see a larger image for desktop viewing):

Link Lee Mansion External Damage
Link Lee Mansion External Damage
Link Lee Mansion External Damage
Link Lee Mansion External Damage
Exterior Expenses
  • Building envelope
  • Architect and engineering fees
  • Landscape
  • Contingency
  • Security / IT
  • Maintenance endowment
Interior Expenses
  • Link Lee Interior
  • Elevator addition
  • Site utilities
  • Furniture / Finishes

Lee-External-Rendering​You can help preserve history for generations to come and allow Link-Lee to continue serving as an iconic gateway to the University.

Start by clicking the button below. When designating your donation, select the Schools, Centers and Programs option. You will then be able to check a box next to "Link Lee Restoration / Renovation."

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