HOUSTON -

The Center for Texas Cultural Heritage will be the newest building in downtown Houston, with some historic company when the newly-proposed facility opens.

Mayor Annise Parker, along with the Houston First Corporation and John Nau III, chairman of the board for the Center for Texas Cultural Heritage, announced plans on Thursday for the $40 million state-of-the-art facility that will be built between the George R. Brown Center and Minute Maid Park.

The center will aim to educate all who visit on not just Houston's but all of southeast Texas' history.

 I believe that it is through the study and understanding of our cities and regions and nation's history that we can successfully plan for the future," said Nau.

Nau earned a thunderous applause when he announced the first dollars for the project will come from his pocket, to the tune of $8 million. Nau will spearhead the effort to raise the other $32 million estimated to finish the project.

"For two centuries people have gone to Texas, and so we're going to show people why they came, why they stayed and why Texas is such a great place to continue to visit, to live to work and to play," said Sharon Adams, chief communications officer at Houston First Corporation.

The facility will be approximately 60,000 square feet and multi-level. It will share the same plot of land as the old Foley and Cohn homes, two original structures from Houston's Quality HIll neighborhood.

"It is a place that will connect the history and the story of our region to its people and its places," said Nau.