Houston Historic Districts: Houston Heights West Historic District

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was visiting family in Ohio, where it was most certainly not 70 degrees. Now that I’m home again, it’s back to reality. But you know what that means for you? More blogs!

We’re moving our tour of Houston historic districts to the Heights now. Unlike the Boulevard Oaks area districts I’ve written about the past few weeks  (here, here, here, and here), the Heights isn’t known for large mansions.

Developed in 1891 as a suburb, the Heights got its name for its elevation 23 feet higher than that of the city. One of America’s oldest planned communities, the Heights didn’t become part of Houston until 1918. Many of the neighborhood’s signature bungalow homes remain to this day, and it’s common to see homeowners in the Heights either renovate their houses in the original style or build new in the style. You’ll also notice Victorian-style homes, as well as many historic churches, commercial buildings, firehouses, and other structures. The Heights, quirky and village-like, is the poster child for Houston gentrification.

Next week I’ll continue touring the Heights, moving into the area’s five other designated historic districts.

 

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