|Craftsman Bungalow. 1926. The Heights.|
The group of neighborhoods (Woodland Heights, Norhill, Houston Heights, Sunset Heights, et al.) just northwest of Downtown Houston collectively known as the Heights, was originally founded in 1891 as "Houston Heights". It served as a streetcar suburb of Houston and it was annexed to the City in 1919.
The neighborhood sits on higher ground than the rest of the city (thus the name), and a bayou separates it from the rest of Houston, this gives it a clear definition and provides several points of entrance into the neighborhood. Moreover, the communities still retain much of their original turn of the 20th century character, thanks in part to the efforts of caring neighbors and Historic designations such as the Norhill Historic District. (http://www.proctorplaza.com/)
For most Houstonians The Heights is a beloved, sought after, and well known place. It is alive at different times of the year with festivals that attract artists, musicians, and visitors from all over the city and other parts of the State. It is home to unique neighbor-owned boutiques and antique shops, exciting dining, wonderful parks, and most attractively, it is home to the famous "Heights Craftsman Bungalow". (See pictured above a typical Craftsman Bungalow). If one lives in The Heights, chances are (pretty big chances) that one lives in one version of the bungalow. One could say that the Bungalow is the face of the Heights.
Which is why I am always happy to see some architectural variety:
|David Barker House. Houston Heights. This house was home to the Mayor of Houston Heights. Built in 1910.|
Victorian houses are rare in the city of Houston (due to indiscriminate demolition...). Houston Heights, being the oldest part of The Heights boasts the highest quantity and quality of Victoriana. The next several examples are all neighbors on the same street, all in the National and Texas Register of Historic Places. Houston Heights is home to so many buildings in the Registers that this post would be endless would I to post them all, so I am just posting my favorite.
|Queen Anne Cottage. Houston Heights.|
The owner of this house told me that if I had visited one week earlier to take this picture I would have captured his white roses in full bloom. People in The Heights take great pride in their gardens, usually planting native plants that will survive in the harsh heat. Another feature common to Victorian and craftsman houses alike is the porch, where the neighbors will usually hang a porch swing.
|Small Victorian. Houston Heights.|
All the streets in The Heights are lined with centenary oak trees that shade and cool the houses, and also make for interesting shadows across the façades.
|Small Painted Lady. Houston Heights.|
|The Milroy-Muller House during the March azalea bloom. Houston Heights. National Register of Historic Places. |
Image by Ed Uthman.
|The Pumpkin House. This is a traditional "Painted Lady" Victorian House, but it has some really Robust details, particularly in the porch that wraps around the corner of the house. I'd like to think of it as "Robust Ginger Bread".|
|Here lives a romantic English garden translated to the Texan landscape. The Truxillo Home. Houston. Heights.|
|The Truxillo Home. Houston Victoriana.|
|Afternoon shade. Woodland Heights.|