In This Issue

General Meeting

Home Tour's Candlelight Dinner & Auction

Youth Art Show

Tour Home Descriptions and Pictures

Home Tour Help Wanted

Camp-Out Is Shaping Up

Demo Watch

Fun Run Needs Your Help

Living In Tandem With Trees


New Members

Restoration/ Historical Meeting

Help HHA Make Plans


Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Four, Number Three, March 2008
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On Friday, April 4, 2008, the HHA event of the year will be held in the SPJST Lodge at 1435 Beall. Following a private preview of the 2008 Home Tour homes and gardens, the “Fresh Perspectives” Candlelight Dinner & Auction will feature a gourmet dinner by Melange. Delicious martinis, courtesy of Heights Liquor on 11th Street, will be served in a funky “Martini Lounge” decorated by Kristal Kirksey with Jubilee. The auction committee, led by Sandra Crook and Cindy Wingo Hemenway, has collected an abundance of enticing items, including beautiful jewelry, fun travel packages, elegant party packages, fine wine & accouterments, luxurious spa packages, pampered pet packages, exquisite home & garden décor, local artwork and collectible antiques. Emcee extraordinaire, John Blass, will once again lead the live auction which includes the event’s cover art, a brilliant watercolor by adored local artist, Yu Cha Pak. Additionally, a collaboration piece by well-known artists John Palmer and Chris Silkwood will showcase their multi-media design of oil on canvas mixed with beautiful mosaic work.

The ballroom of the SPJST Lodge will be the setting for the dinner and auction, decorated with flair by design genius, Angela DeWree, owner of Design and Inspiration. We are also excited and honored that Eclectic Home on 19th Street will once again generously donate gorgeous gifts for all guests to take home as an addition to their home, and a lasting memento of this fabulous celebration.

This year’s attire is “Spring Bling” so dress up in fresh spring cocktail for the festivities! The price for a reserved table of ten is $1,000 and individual tickets are $100 each. Table Hosts will receive signage on their reserved table, acknowledgment in the evening’s Program, and an invitation for two to next year’s (2009) Kick-Off Party. We’re already receiving reservations for the event and attendance is limited to 450-so be sure to reserve soon! Invitations will be mailed in mid-March, but you may reserve your table or tickets now online at

Youth Art Show Adds to the Home Tour

Spring Home Tour-goers will have an added treat. The Education Committee’s third annual Youth Art Show at the historic fire station on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets will be open to the general public during the Spring Home Tour on April 5 and 6th. There will also be a special artists’ reception on Friday, April 4th from 5-7 p.m. The show will be judged by prominent Heights artists, and prizes will be awarded including gift certificates to Texas Art Supply. Go to for rules and more details or contact Sheila Tybor at

The HHA Education Committee plans events and programs each year which focus on the 40 Assets necessary for youth to succeed in a community. The Youth Art Show is planned to provide Heights resident youth and students with support from non-parent adults in our community, conveying that the Heights values our youth and encourages Heights youth to spend time learning and practicing in the arts. For more about the 40 Assets go to

General Meeting



Antiques buffs will want to attend the next General Meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10, to listen to a discussion by renowned Houston art dealer, David Lackey, about his experiences with the PBS’ production, Antiques Roadshow.

Do you have a certain antique or collectible that you love, but know nothing about? Well….cure your curiosity! Mr. Lackey welcomes you to bring one or two small antique pieces, such as ceramics, pottery, porcelain, glassware, crystal, toys, or wooden décor, to receive his opinion of their history and value. (No coins, stamps, jewelry, guns, weapons, or cameras, please.)

Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you all there!

Campout is shaping up!

The first annual camp-out in Marmion Park for HHA members and families on April 19th, is taking shape. A classical music trio (piano, cello, violin) have signed on to provide some of the evening's music.

Other Heights musicians are making plans. Members of the Houston Story Tellers Guild are going to be at the children’s camp fire. Mary Ellis, the Marshmallow Marshal, will supervise marshmallow roasting at the children's campfire.

All HHA members are encouraged to bring a tent and spend the night. Even if you don't have a tent, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music, camp fire revelry and camaraderie. Adult beverages (beer & wine) are permitted. Berryhill Baja Grill will serve breakfast tacos and coffee Sunday morning to the campers.

The camp-out will take place from 5:00 pm, Saturday, April 19 till 9:00 am, Sunday, April 20 at Marmion Park located at 18th and Heights Boulevard. Running water and porta-cans will be on site. For information, Contact Paul Carr at 713-869-0505 or

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2008-2009 Platinum sponsors:

Allied Waste San Jacinto Stone

APRIL 5 + 6, 2008

We hope you will all come out to play with us on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 & 6, for the 2008 Spring Home & Garden Tour of the Historic Houston Heights. A taste of this year’s line up of homes and gardens is featured below.

2035 Rutland
“Rejuvenated Centenarian”

Celebrating its centennial, the “Lamar Home” was originally built in 1908 for $3,250 by American Home Builders Co. When the Vandewalkers’ purchased the home in 1992, they were only the third owners of this Victorian two-story square floor plan. They gave it the loving facelift it desperately needed by modernizing the living essentials (the house had been vacant for seven years) and extending the size of the home via the kitchen and the addition of two porches. This home is rich with history and Heights nostalgia.

This delightfully renovated treasure is on the National Register of Historic Places (1983), the State of Texas Historical Register (1983), and it has been designated as a City of Houston Historic Landmark since 1998.

HOMEOWNERS: Bruce & Mary Vandewalker
ADDRESS: 2035 Rutland Street
HEAD DOCENTS: Kelley Burhans + Trish Schmid
FLORALS: Darlene’s Flowers
PHOTOGRAPH: J Henry Childs

705 E. 19th
“Outside is In”

Built in the late 1930s, this gem of a bungalow has been through two renovations to grow with the homeowner’s needs all while maintaining the styling of the original structure. Mr. Newberry purchased the home in 1988 and took it through its final renovation in 2005, which more than doubled the size of the home by adding a great room with a kitchen, butler’s pantry, master bedroom and courtyard.

The front landscape was designed for low maintenance with beds for seasonal planting while the courtyard is encircled by a large hedge of wax myrtles creating a romantic setting where pots abound with color.

HOMEOWNERS: Ken Newberry
ADDRESS: 705 East 19th
HEAD DOCENTS: Bill Baldwin
FLORALS: The Empty Vase
PHOTOGRAPH: John Henry Childs

1509 Oxford
“Live, Work + Play”

This brick Greek Revival home was a novel addition to the Heights when it was designed and built for the homeowners by Creole Design in 1994. While this classic piece is new, its style has a history-modeled after a State Street residence in New Orleans’ Garden District.

In order to enhance the Victorian feel, the homeowners used salvaged period items in the architecture of the home, including the newel post and balusters of the staircase, several doors and a period stained glass window on the second floor. The home also features a collection of oriental rugs and functional furniture art. The homeowners’ passion for photography-created in the home’s custom darkroom-is apparent throughout the home.

It is the third floor where the homeowners have a private area all their own. A project by Broman Design and Construction in 2005 finished out the attic, added a large office, exercise area and a cozy and impressive home theater.

HOMEOWNERS: Mark & Becky Standridge
ADDRESS: 1509 Oxford
HEAD DOCENTS: Anne Rodgers + Katrina Stilwell
FLORALS: Jana’s Flowers
PHOTOGRAPH: JohnHenry Childs

1021 Harvard
“Live, Work + Play”

What do you get when you use cool green building techniques in a renovated bungalow? The fabulous minimal design of the Dawson home, of course. The homeowners purchased this adorable 1920 bungalow in 2003 and expanded their own vision into the previously initiated renovation. Now a kitchen, master bedroom and bath and a garage incorporating the home’s second floor have helped fill the large lot on Harvard Street.

As a surface and furniture designer, Mr. Dawson literally brings his work home with him. His passion for simplistic beauty and the environment is reflected in nearly every corner of the home. Sustainable material creations like bamboo cabinets and Richlite countertops, which are composed of paper fiber and resin, highlight the clean and natural feeling found throughout the home.

Cool zinc countertops in the bathrooms and a contemporary staircase truly reflect the homeowners’ inspiration, while providing a comfortable setting for their everyday life. The minimalist outdoor landscaping maintains great backyard space for their children to enjoy as they grow.

HOMEOWNER: James & Kristin Dawson
ADDRESS: 1021 Harvard Street
HEAD DOCENTS: Katy Bomar + Judi Freedman
FLORALS: Central Market
PHOTOGRAPH: John Henry Childs

533 Cortlandt
“Artfully Yours”

Soft contemporary styling meets classic craftsman in this new construction home, designed by the homeowners and Allegro Builders in 2006. The objective was to build a graciously scaled, comfortable home to showcase the homeowners’ eclectic and colorful art collection. High ceilings, large windows, and an open floor plan create a bright and generous space, while still maintaining a warm atmosphere for entertaining. The unique custom kitchen and unusual stone selections for countertops throughout the home add to the whimsical character of the space.

Timber bamboo protects the privacy of an elegant pool and spa in the backyard. A detached garage sits behind, framed for a future second floor studio.

HOMEOWNERS: Evin Thayer & Kenneth Gayle
ADDRESS: 533 Cortlandt Street
HEAD DOCENTS: Rosina Chevalier + Ed Sabo
FLORALS: Webwood Flowers
PHOTOGRAPH: John Henry Childs

807 Rutland
“Through the Looking Glass”

A truly modern addition was envisioned from the outset for an architect/designer couple when they bought what they termed “a fairly scary bungalow” in 1992. For the Schooleys, the preservation of the modest 1925 house was also quite a challenge. A renovation at that time was done with the eventual addition scheme in mind, although it took 13 years to commence. The new addition connects to the original bungalow via a glass-walled passage that is now the site of their spacious, light-filled dining room.

Designed around two shady sycamores and lots of outdoor living and garden spaces, the home manages to incorporate basic passive solar, natural ventilation, and sustainable design principles while respecting the original scale and fabric of the Heights.

The pool and patio in the back of the house feel secure and secluded from the rest of the world, yet a goal of dipping your toes in the water is easily achieved through several doors within the home. The wonderful rooftop terrace gives the family a birds-eye view of their home, and provides the perfect perch for watching a sunset.

HOMEOWNER: Palmer & Merry Schooley
ADDRESS: 807 Rutland Street
HEAD DOCENT: Kerry Anne Mooney
FLORALS: Another Place in Time + Southern Floral
PHOTOGRAPH: John Henry Childs

Advance tickets are $17 each and may be purchased after March 9 at:
Another Place in Time-1102 Tulane
The Artful Corner-3423 White Oak
Buchanan’s Native Plants-611 E. 11th Street
Karen Derr & Associates-1545 Heights Blvd.
Eclectic Home-345 W. 19th Street
Harolds in the Heights-350 W. 19th
Jubilee-321 W. 19th
and @

Days-of-Tour tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the Heights Fire Station at Yale and 12th Street and at each tour home. A luxury bus shuttle to all of the homes is included, which begins and ends at the Heights Fire Station.

Tour Help Wanted!

The Spring Home & Garden Tour, April 4 - 6, is in need of volunteers to docent at homes, handle ticket/drink sales, or be shuttle docents. In exchange for working a three-hour shift, each volunteer will receive a ticket to the tour.

Even if you have worked previous home tours, don’t assume that we will contact you; the contact information we have may be out of date. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Denise Martin at or 713-868-4119. Leave your name, telephone number, and email address (if you have one).

Diamond Sponsor

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2008 Diamond Sponsor:

Demo Watch

Demolition requests for another two properties, 1635 Arlington and 1424 Harvard, within the boundaries of the new Houston Heights Historic Districts have been denied by the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission. These latest requests by Whitestone Builders are in addition to two previous demolition applications submitted by Allegro Builders for properties at 1420 Harvard and 1232 Rutland. When a demolition request is denied by the HAHC an applicant must wait 90 days before proceeding with a demolition. The waiting period is designed to allow the neighborhood time to try to negotiate alternatives that will not result in the loss of the structure.

The goal of the historic districts is to deter demolition of historic properties and instead guide architecturally compatible new development to non-historic sites. New construction and historic preservation can co-exist as long as the new construction doesn’t replace historic buildings that could be appropriately restored and expanded. In short, a historic district is the sum of its parts. Each time a historic structure is demolished, that sum is decreased, threatening the very integrity of the architecture that allowed for creation of the districts in the first place.

At right is the list of properties for which demolition permits were issued between December 3, 2007 and February 5, 2008. With these additions, the number of demolition permits issued in the area under the umbrella of the Houston Heights Association since June of 2005 stands at 324. The latest list includes two addresses, 1128 Ashland and 115 W. 13th St, which are within the new historic districts. 115 W. 13th St. was a historic structure, but 1128 Ashland was not.

  • 1116 Allston
  • 647 Arlington
  • 725 Ashland
  • 1128 Ashland
  • 1507 Dorothy
  • 1533 Dorothy
  • 1537 Dorothy
  • 1541 Dorothy
  • 1226 Heights Blvd.
  • 1033 Herkimer
  • 1132 Herkimer
  • 1330 Nicholson
  • 627 Rutland
  • 629 Rutland
  • 631 Rutland
  • 821 Studewood
  • 1302 Yale
  • 501 E 5th St
  • 741 E 8th ½ St
  • 115 W 13th St
  • 520 W 18th St
  • 623 W 21st St
  • 631 W 21st St
  • 516 W 26th St
  • 608 W 27th St
  • 612 W 27th St

Heights Fun Run Needs Your Help!

Looking for a Few Good…Door Prizes!

The Fun Run Committee is asking for donations to serve as “Door Prizes” at the event on Saturday, June 7. The prizes are very popular and help keep our registrants coming back, year after year, to this important neighborhood fundraiser.

Please consider donating an item either personally or from your business, or from a business or two that you patronize on a regular basis. We are interested in gift certificates of every kind and in garden and home decor, jewelry, sports equipment, and antiques, etc.

Please call our Door Prize coordinator, Mary Ellis, at 713-880-4466 to arrange pick up or delivery of your donation. The HHA is a 501(c)(3) organization and you will receive a tax exempt receipt for your gift.

Calling All Volunteers!

This is a “fun” Saturday morning volunteer opportunity, being held this year on June 7. The Heights Fun Run attracts more than 1,000 runners from all over the state, and we need your help with this important HHA fundraiser.

Sign up to help with:
Brochure Distribution
Set Up
Food & Refreshment Service
Finish Line Monitors
And — My All-Time Favorite — After Race Clean Up!!!

It really is a great way to get involved, help your community, and meet your neighbors. To volunteer or for more information, please call our hotline and leave a message @ 713.861.4002, option 4, or e-mail us at We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2008 Silver Sponsors:


The Heights is a rich urban forest with many trees 50 to 100 years and older. Our neighborhood has more Champion trees than any other in Houston. To see a complete listing of registered Champion Trees, and to nominate your Tree to the Harris County Tree Registry, visit

The following Homes were nominated as “Living in Tandem with Trees”. Many, many nominations were submitted this month, here are a few:

New Construction

1801 Arlington (above) — Towering loblolly pines, original Heights trees and new plantings accentuate this recent addition to the neighborhood, built in 2001.

Nominated in neighboring Woodland Heights:

504 Woodland — The home sits in front of a magnificent oak tree that shades neighboring homes, and is habitat for wildlife.


536 Arlington — The yard contains more than 30 trees ranging from small understory types such as American Holly and Chalk Maple to large oaks, pines and elm. The trees (except the elm) were all planted by the owners beginning in 1981. The idea was to recreate the mixed pine/hardwood forest present in the Heights at the time of first development. The home was first listed in the city directory in 1904. Occupant was Otto Pasche, a records clerk for Bering-Cortes hardware. It was originally only the front 2 rooms (much of which was built with recycled lumber at that time), but was added on to many times since then resulting in a structure of 2600 square feet. The family are active Heights preservationists.

1421 Columbia (above) — This 1910 square frame Victorian cottage was purchased by the current owners in 1990, and renovated in 1995 & 2007. The yard was designated as a certified Wildlife Habitat in 2007 by the National Wildlife Federation. The northernmost Live Oak out front is 3 points away from “champion” designation by The Park People and has had yellow crested night herons nest in it (as well as squirrels, bluejays, robins, and doves).

Original Heights Home

1148 Heights Blvd. — This original bungalow was a past recipient of HHA’s Community Improvement Award. The house enjoys shade from 6 magnificent large live oaks of “Terms of Endearment” fame and a huge pecan tree in the back yard.

703 E. 9th — This original bungalow is placed within a magnificent forest of towering trees, and lush garden landscaping.

Additional Nominations: 622 East 14th and 729 Rutland


Great Oak at 20th and Oxford — referenced in Douglas Milburn’s 1979 book The Last American City. On page 125 he states “The most magnificent Live Oak in town is in the Heights Oxford and 21st”.

Great Magnolia 1900 Blk Harvard

Loblolly Pine at 14th & Cortlandt — listed by the Park People.

Up the block on the west are more large Pines. These trees are not survivors of the original Forest, but were planted by the early owners. Lynn Lowery dated all of these as being planted between 1890 and 1910.

Everyone is invited join the Urban Forestry Committee. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Fire Station, Nominations are welcome for next month’s “Living in Tandem with Trees”


Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.

John & Katy Childs — Boulevard

CenterPoint Energy GIVE (Grant Incentives for Volunteer Employees) in honor of volunteer Janet Buchheit — Boulevard

ExxonMobil Foundation Matching Gift Programs in honor of volunteer Jim Bennett — Boulevard

Todd & Cindy Green — Boulevard & Parks

Julia Hackett — Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens

Eric & Janet Raschke- — Boulevard

Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons — Boulevard, Parks, Flower Gardens, & Awards Dinner

New Members

Please welcome the following new or returning members to the Houston Heights Association.

Artisan Wedding Cakes, Zhna


Robert Dupree

Heights Hospital for Animals, Kathleen Gallagher

Margaret Simmons

Pamela & Rod Skaufel

Cindy Wingo

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2008 Bronze Sponsors:

Heights Association Restoration/Historical meeting at Huey Long’s “The Ink Spot Museum"

Announcing the next Restoration/Historical Meeting at The Original Huey “Ink Spot” Long Living History Music Museum at 117 East 20th Street in the Historic Houston Heights on March 20th from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

This building was the location of the Clayton Lee Plumbing Company owned by Clayton Lee, past Houston Heights Association Citizen of the Year, longtime HHA resident and “unofficial” historian know as “Mr. Heights” in many publications

The Houston Heights Restoration/Historical Committee meetings are open to the public quarterly or more frequently to learn about history and restoration in keeping with the appreciation of the historic nature of the Houston Heights. Meeting attendees will enjoy meeting and listening to the music and background history of Long, presented by him and his daughter, Anita Long. It will also celebrate an “early 104th birthday” for Huey which officially will be in April.

Please let the Houston Heights Restoration/Historical Chairman, Dean Swanson, know if you have a restoration project, historical structure under restoration or historical information pertaining to the Historic Heights to share at future meeting sites to better spread the neighborhood historical knowledge with others. Contact Dean at or telephone him at (713) 880-2832.

Help HHA Make Plans for 2008

The Board of Directors of the Houston Heights Association is conducting a survey of the membership to determine where the efforts of the HHA should focus in 2008. With so many issues such as curbs & gutters, neighborhood preservation, quality of public schools, alley use, safety, and the maintenance of our two parks and the Heights Boulevard esplanade, the HHA Board would like to hear from members. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions to or send them by post to HHA Editor, P.O. Box 70735, Houston, 77270-0735.

Calendar of Events for March-April 2008


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HHA Land Use meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


HHA Urban Forestry Group, 6:30 PM, Fire Station




Deadline for next newsletter



Daylight Savings Time Begins


HHA General Meeting "Antique Roadshow," 7:00 PM, Fire Station







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St. Patrick’s Day

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station









HHA Education Committee, 7:00 PM, 1545 Heights Blvd.


HHA Crime and Security Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street





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April 1

HHA Urban Forestry Group, 6:30 PM, Fire Station




Candlelight Tour, Dinner, & Auction (Dinner tickets requird to tour this day)


Heights 1st Sat

Spring Home & Garden Tour, Noon to 6:00 PM


Spring Home & Garden Tour, Noon to 6:00 PM


HHA Land Use meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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HHA General Meeting, 7:00 PM, Fire Station

Deadline for May newsletter

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Campout in Marmion Park, 5:00 PM to 9:00 AM, see article

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HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


HHA Crime & Security meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

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HHA Education Committee meeting, 7:00 PM, 1545 Heights Blvd.

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HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston’s salvage warehouse is open. Call 713-522-0542 or visit their web site

March 27 - April 5, Opera in the Heights presents Tosca by Giacomo Puccini in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For tickets or more information, visit or call 713-861-5303.

April 12 - 27, UpStage Theatre Young Audience Series presents Pinocchio, based on the story by Carlo Collodi. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2:00 PM, Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 713-838-7191.

May 9 - 24, UpStage Theatre Evening Series presents Rumors, a comedy/farce by Neil Simon. Friday and Saturday evenings, 8:00 PM, Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 713-838-7191.

Future History

April 4-6, Spring Home Tour

June 7, Fun Run

October 5, Bicycle Rally

December 5-7, Holiday Home Tour

February 22, 2009, Awards Dinner

The Heights is published monthly by the Houston Heights Association. Its purpose is to acknowledge achievements and to inform HHA members of events.

Copyright 2008, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.

Newsletter inquiries, suggestions, or submissions should be directed to:

Editor, The Heights, P.O. Box 70735, Houston, TX 77270-0735;

email; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

Editor: Gerald Melancon

Editor Emeritus: Mark R. Williamson

March contributors:

Paul Carr, Karen Derr, Angela DeWree, Lauriel Hindman, Kelly Simmons, Mary Ellis, Christine Spin, Dean Swanson, Janice Evans,