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|40th Anniversary 1973-2013|
|Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Three, March 2013|
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HHA Spring Home & Garden Tour
Then & Now, April 6 and 7
Spring is right around the corner, and so is the Houston Heights Association’s 2013 Spring Home and Garden Tour April 6-7. Six uniquely beautiful homes will be featured:
Deb Parks & Mark Bouzek Home, 1617 Columbia
Gayle & Mike Klaybor Home, 1615 Cortlandt
Marylou Erbland & Robert Woods Home, 709 E. 19th
Karen & Bob Derr Home, 2310 Rutland
Noelle & Eric Reed Home, 1532 Tulane
Katrina Stilwell & Jonathan Elton Home, 235 W. 18th
Take a moment to read about these homes below. Our lively Heights shopping and restaurant district, historic 19th Street, will also be featured this year as part of the tour.
Mark your calendar for this Houston Heights spring tradition: Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2013, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM. Advance tickets are $20 and are available online and at various Houston Heights locations. Days-of-tour tickets are $25 and will be available at the Houston Heights Fire Station (12th and Yale) and at each home on the tour. Full-tour tickets include the service of luxury shuttle buses that can be boarded at the Houston Heights Fire Station. Individual homes may be toured for $5 per home.
Accommodations will be made for tour-goers who choose to ride their bicycles from house to house. Bicycle riders can purchase day-of-tour tickets at a $5.00 discount. Bicycle racks will be available at each home, and a “bicycle valet” will be on hand to assist with parking and securing bikes while the home is being toured.
Houston Heights Urbanites
March 21 Kickoff Event
When you want to meet fellow Heights young professionals and creatives, where do you find them? The answer is the Houston Heights Urbanites, a newly forming group of HHA members that will host its kickoff event on Thursday, March 21.
Geared to members in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, the goal of the Houston Heights Urbanites is to increase membership and involvement in HHA and actively support our local business and non-profit members by providing networking events. The group is currently planning to host a mix and mingle event on the third Thursday of each month with plans to sponsor weekend and family events later in the year.
HHA members will receive a complimentary Happy Hour Drink when the Houston Heights Urbanites hosts its kickoff event from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 21 at the Boom Boom Room, 2518 Yale, a retro chic wine bar owned by conceptual artist Jackie Harris, who created the “Fruitmobile” art car. If you aren’t an HHA member, you can sign up at before March 21 or with cash or check at the door. Individual membership is $20 per year; household membership is $25 per year.
Future Urbanites Events
Enjoy complimentary appetizers at neighborhood favorite Berryhill Baja Grill on 11th St. on April 18, 6:00-8:00 PM. If the weather is nice, we’ll be on the patio.
Look for more exciting information from the Houston Heights Urbanites in the coming months. If you would like to learn more about the group, please visit our Facebook page or contact .
The program for the March 11 General Meetings will be “Houston Heights: A Vision Forecast of Today & Tomorrow.”
Learn about Heights Association news you can use with HHA President Dave Steitz.
Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member for District C, will be on hand to talk about District C, then take questions for 10 minutes. Meet the Council Member’s team. Learn about the new remote office hours for District C at the HHA Fire Station.
Jim Hill, AIA, an architect and urban planner and a Blueprint Houston board member, will speak about the greater Houston region and concerns of quality of life: air, transportation, parks, neighborhoods, and development. Hear about the impact of forecasted growth for the Houston region.
Blueprint Houston is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose stated mission is to assure the creation of a general plan for the City of Houston based on citizens’ vision, values, and goals.
Doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments and Mix & Mingle. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.
Awards Presented on February 24
The following awards and honors were presented at the 39th Annual HHA Volunteer Appreciation and Community Improvement Awards Dinner on February 24 at the Fire Station:
Congratulations to all the recipients. Look for speeches and photos in our April issue.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2013 Platinum sponsor:
Candlelight Dinner & Auction
Friday, April 5, 2013
We are excited for the opportunity to be among one of the first groups to hold an event in a newly developed space in the Houston Arts District. Silver Street Studios at 2000 Edwards Street is a large, wide-open warehouse space (formerly a beer distributor) that will fit right into the industrial and arty style to which Candlelight Dinner guests have become accustomed. The space will be brought to life by Candlelight Dinner Chairs Anne Culotta, Chris Silkwood, and Kelly Simmons and talented venue designers Kristal Kirksey and Ellen Newcaster, along with the funky and fabulous design team at Jubilee on 19th Street. Lucas Craftsmanship has graciously volunteered to help our crew with the heavy lifting.
Your Candlelight Dinner ticket entitles you to an exclusive preview of the tour homes from 5:00 to 7:00 PM that evening (before they are opened to the public over the weekend). The doors to Silver Street Studios will open at 6:30 PM, when you will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, local beer, and a specialty cocktail donated to us by Heights Liquor on 11th - the “Snapshot.” This year’s silent auction will consist of hundreds of items from fine dining to fine art and will feature a special section of photographic art brought to you by Chairs Katy Bomar and Julie Pettit, offering works from some of Houston’s most renowned photographers. A chef-driven meal will be served at 8:00 PM by Pierre and Candy Massoud, and a fast-moving live auction brought to you by Chris Silkwood and Kelly Simmons, all under the direction of Emcee Anne Culotta, will get underway during dessert, when six pieces of prominent art will be sold to the highest bidders - always lively, competitive, and fun.
Live Auction Items
Michael Arcieri is the event’s featured artist, whose iconic work of “Houston Heights” art (right) will be seen on posters, postcards, invitations, and programs throughout the event - and the original will be offered in the evening’s live auction. Mr. Arcieri brings the past alive with sepia-toned images of iconic landmarks, including the original founders’ mansions, the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, the Heights Theatre, and other landmarks. Old street tile mosaic seemingly pops through the canvas. Mr. Arcieri studied in New Orleans under the direction of artist Patricia Whitty. His works of contemporary atomic-age realism were included in the 20th Anniversary Exhibit at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans as well as a recent solo exhibit at Avis Frank Gallery.
Heights outsider artist Keith Crane will donate a large metal sculpture, “Extinct,” made from found metal objects. This amazing sculpture by one of the neighborhood’s favorite metal artists embodies a beloved artifact of Houston Heights history - a segment of the circa-1892 streetcar rail that was removed from Heights Boulevard many years ago. Mr. Crane’s day job prevents him from creating art on a full-time basis, and his popular sculptures are quickly snapped up when they become available.
Michael Klaybor, an emerging Heights artist studying under the direction of Yu Cha Pak, has created a pair of beautiful abstract watercolor washes, “Efflorescence 1 & 2,” inspired by the color and the medium. These works have been perfectly framed by Dramatika. We are very excited to offer them in the live auction. Mike is a psychologist by day, and his and Gayle’s 1920s bungalow is on this year’s Home & Garden Tour.
Lee Littlefield, known for his colorful “Pop-Ups” alongside Houston highways - first on a renegade basis and then with the permission of the Texas Department of Transportation - has donated a brightly painted bayou-inspired wall sculpture made from found wood and vine. Mr. Littlefield’s approach made him a natural for last summer’s “No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.”
David Adickes, whose career began as a painter, is probably better known for his large scale sculptures - such as the 76-foot statue of Sam Houston in Huntsville, the Presidents’ Heads project, and the wildly popular Beatles sculpture. Taft McWhorter’s work is in fine art galleries in Houston and New Orleans and was represented at the 2009 Toronto International Art Fair. Together they have created a highly-collectible collaborative painting especially for our live auction.
Chris Silkwood and Yu Cha Pak have collaborated on a three-dimensional wall hanging of glass mosaic (by Ms. Silkwood) and clay (a new medium for Ms. Pak). Ms. Silkwood studied the ancient art of glass mosaic in Australia and Italy and has grown into her own contemporary style over the last 12 years. Her works have been featured in numerous galleries, magazines, art books, movie sets, and in The Nave Museum. Now a Heights resident artist, Ms. Pak was born in Seoul, Korea, where she studied Classical Asian Art with her grandfather, a farmer and a man with a passion for art and the process of making pictures (even making his own brushes). She went on to receive her Fine Arts degree in the U.S. and has won numerous awards for her amazing art.
Tickets And Reserved Tables
Individual tickets are $150 each (open seating) or $1500 for a reserved table for ten. (Tables of twelve are also available.) Tickets are now on sale and available on a first-come, first-served basis, up to 500 guests. This event sells out, so buy your tickets early! (Click .)
Questions regarding the Candlelight Dinner may be directed to or 713-861-4002.
The Candlelight Dinner Silent Auction Committee has been busy soliciting and collecting terrific donations, and there is still time for you to help!
If you have a special item or gift certificate that you’d like to donate, please let us know. In addition to your kind generosity and helping hand, you will receive acknowledgment on the bid sheets accompanying your donation and in the wrap-up newsletter article. We also encourage our volunteers and Dinner guests to support the businesses and artists who contribute to this event.
There is also still time to volunteer. You can help solicit and collect donations and help organize, set up, and design the silent auction on the day of the event. In addition to helping the neighborhood and meeting new friends, each volunteer receives a complimentary ticket to the Spring Home Tour.
If you can help by making a donation or by volunteering, please email . Thanks in advance for your help!
Earn A Ticket To The Home Tour
Want a complimentary ticket to the Home Tour? It can be yours for volunteering three hours of your day to docent in one of the homes featured on the 2013 Spring Home & Garden Tour. Give Janet Buchheit a call at 713-207-1894 or email her at for more information.
Upcoming General Meeting Topics
We’ve got some interesting topics planned for the HHA General Meetings in the next few months. Here’s some of what is in the works:
“Fresh from the Garden: Heights Schools - A Recipe for Success” - Our featured speakers will be Gracie Cavnar of the Recipe for Success Foundation and Jen Powis of the Houston Bayou Greenways project at the Houston Parks Board. This meeting, co -chaired by the Education Committee, will also cover garden projects at Harvard Elementary, Helms Middle School, and Reagan High School.
“Expert Tips & Tricks to Protect Your Real & Virtual Identity” - Planned speakers include Aly Dossa of Osha Liang LLP on “Intellectual Property” and Steve Bass of SRB Services on “Safeguarding Data on Multiple Devices.”
“Houston’s Locavore Movement” - Our featured speakers will be Monica Pope and Sarah Johnston.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2013 Gold Sponsor:
Homes Featured on the Spring Home & Garden Tour
Derr Home - 2310 Rutland
Known as the WashDERRteria, this structure was built in 1969 and operated as the Courtesy Washateria until shortly before it was purchased by Karen and Bob in 2010. The one story “cinder block” home has its original metal frame ceiling, concrete floors, and commercial windows and doors. A colorful paint palette is used to display their extensive collection of art, unique furnishings, and fun collectibles. The cleverly-designed, distressed wood fireplace surround is a focal point in the home’s open living/dining/kitchen area. A small space, including a custom-made wine rack, has been skillfully organized into a comfortable niche for reading, watching old movies, and an evening cocktail. Landscaping incorporates a rain barrel and an eclectic assortment of plants sourced from a local nursery.
Stilwell/Elton Home - 235 W. 18th St.
This Heights gem was built in 1908 with an extension to the back in 1935. The main living space is 4,089 square feet on a 9,900 square foot lot. The original architect is unknown, and the style is somewhat unusual, though clearly a Victorian turn-of-the-century design. The brick pillars on the front porch replaced the original wooden ones in 1938 when it was converted to a boarding house, its use for fifty years. All the original hardwood flooring and many other features are still present in the 1908 portion of the home. Prior to the current owners, the home had been converted to offices, and it has been refitted for residential use over the last eleven months. Many relics and documents from the home’s history were inherited by the current owners, presumably passed down by each of the five keepers of the home along the way.
Reed Home - 1532 Tulane
Noelle and Eric loved the spacious lot and its beautiful old oak tree which, sadly, did not survive Hurricane Ike. They liked the 2005 home’s original contemporary design, but knew they would eventually renovate. When that time came, a grand entrance was added, the windows and roofline were changed - giving the house a contemporary Craftsman feel - and the living area, kitchen, and master bedroom were expanded and redesigned. The removal of two load-bearing pillars in the kitchen required the installation of a steel beam support running the entire width of the house. The landscape design is clean and modern to complement the lines of the house without competing with it.
Erbland/Woods Home - 709 E. 19th St.
Wanting to live close to downtown, but still wanting the warmth of a real neighborhood, Marylou and Robert chose Houston Heights to call home. Only the third owners of this charming bungalow since it was built in 1928, they set out to renovate it by adding a much-needed master suite and a half bath. The stylishly updated kitchen was opened up to a new great room, making it all perfect for their frequent parties and watching the big game. The home is filled with unique furnishings and a large collection of local artwork. An inviting pool and lush backyard landscaping complete this beautiful home.
Parks/Bouzek Home - 1617 Columbia
This recently built Heights home tastefully integrates traditional Craftsman style with modern amenities. Designed by the owners and Jim Phillips and built by Levitt Partnership, the home’s inspiration came from multiple visits to the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok, Thailand. The modest bungalow façade, designed to integrate with the existing neighborhood, hides a large, comfortable living space, which includes a gym, yoga/meditation room, and children’s play space. The kitchen and living area features a spectacular wall of glass that overlooks a peaceful Zen courtyard and pool. The home contains art and antiques acquired during the owners’ world travels.
Klaybor Home - 1615 Cortlandt
A sense of community and history is what drew the homeowners to this vintage 1920 Houston Heights home. This quaint bungalow has undergone some fabulous renovations that include the addition of an updated kitchen that looks into a spacious den featuring a commissioned stained glass window. The master bedroom suite also includes a beautiful stained glass window over the master bath. Looks can be deceiving as you meander through the home and onto the back deck revealing a stunning garden that has been lovingly landscaped to include a fountain from a 19th Century Japanese Shinto Temple.
Other Locations Featured on the Spring Home & Garden Tour
Historic 19th Street
Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station - 107 W. 12th St.
Built in 1914-15 by the municipality of Houston Heights, Texas, this building housed city offices, fire fighters and equipment, jail cells, and a combination city council chamber and courtroom until Houston Heights merged with the City of Houston in 1918. After decades as Houston Fire Department Station 14, the building was acquired by the Houston Heights Association, which has restored it extensively and now uses it for offices, meetings, rentals, and community events.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2013 Silver Sponsors:
Concert in Marmion Park
On Saturday, April 13, the weekend following the Spring Home Tour, HHA presents a concert by three top-notch Texas singer-songwriters who just happen to call Houston Heights home: Brian Kalinec, Matt Harlan, and Don Sanders.
Brian Kalinec’s award-winning songwriting combines his early East Texas roots and his years of the Houston urban experience for his own particular view of the world. Brian’s writing resonates with audiences, fellow songwriters, and music lovers alike, as his recognition and concert attendance attest.
If there’s a performer today who embodies the oft-applied moniker of “songwriter’s songwriter,” it’s Houston favorite Matt Harlan. A troubadour of the first degree, Matt has been bringing his songs of bus stops, coffee shops, and lives overlooked to stages across his home state of Texas, the USA, and Europe.
A central figure in the Texas singer-songwriter milieu, Don Sanders is currently best known for his story and song performances in hundreds of schools, festivals and theaters throughout the Southwest.
The concert will be held at the Kaiser Pavilion in Marmion Park from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and your honey.
Land Use Committee Report
The developer of the apartment project at 6th and Yale (northwest corner) met with citizens at the Houston Heights Land Use Committee in a special meeting on February 11 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Residents near the proposed project attended the meeting to ask the developer, Trammel Crow Residential, about the project.
On February 14, the City of Houston Planning Commission was obliged to vote on a request by the developer for variances that would allow some lots on the property to become part of the “unrestricted reserve.” The variance was denied. The developer must now decide whether to apply again for a variance or proceed without the variance.
Meanwhile, Trammel Crow Residential is working on a Traffic Impact Analysis report that will be submitted to Public Works and Engineering for review and recommendations.
Another active project is the detention pond west of Yale at 6th Street. This pond was created to manage water flow in the event of heavy rainstorms. The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will be planting trees and native flowers on the property and has responsibility for maintaining the functionality of the detention pond. Other amenities for the site are under discussion; several groups, including the Houston Heights Association, are involved in those talks.
If you wish to receive notification of LUC meetings and limited other communications, you can sign up for the Yahoo group Houston_Heights_Land_Use_Committee at on the web.
The Land Use Committee supports the adoption of Deed Restrictions. These are applied on a property-by-property basis. You can find out more about deed restrictions on the HHA web site at
Heights Fun Run
The Heights Fun Run is coming soon! On Saturday, June 1, hundreds of runners will participate in one of Houston’s fastest and most beloved races. The 5K course runs along the beautiful and historic Heights Boulevard past 100-year-old oaks and spectacular Victorian architecture. Come enjoy the race with us! More details will follow; check our website for the latest.
If you are not a runner but are looking for an exciting way to support the neighborhood, volunteer to help with the Heights Fun Run! If you’d like to be a part of it, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Please welcome the following new members to the Houston Heights Association.
Our thanks to the following for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.
Neva Dupuis Memorial Tree Donors
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2013 Bronze Sponsors:
Magnolia Planted in Honor of Neva Dupuis
Rotary Shrimp Boil
Houston Heights Rotary will be holding their annual Shrimp/Crawfish Dinner & Auction from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 27, at SPJST Lodge, 15th & Beall. The live and silent auctions will start at noon.
Burgers and hot dogs will be available for the kids. Fun activities will include face painting, inflatables, outdoor activities, and balloon twisting.
Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 10 and under. Come out and enjoy a fun Saturday with Rotary!
Houston Heights Rotary helps elementary and high schools in the Heights area, the library, Christmas food baskets, college scholarships, and international projects such as water wells and school improvements in Honduras.
For more information, call 713-306-6827 or email .
Calendar of Events for March–April 2013
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Every Saturday, 7:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Blvd jogging trail at 7th Street.
Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Blvd, for a monthly story swap. Anyone is welcome to come listen to or share stories. For more information, or 713-643-8478.
April 11, 8:00 PM, Mercury presents Mozart’s A Little Night Music at Gallery M Squared. For more information, please call the Mercury office at 713-533-0080 or visit .
April 25-27 and May 2-5, Opera in the Heights presents Verdi’s Falstaff at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit
April 27, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Houston Heights Rotary will hold their annual Shrimp/Crawfish Dinner & Auction at the SPJST Lodge, 15th & Beall. For more information, call 713-306-6827 or email .
June 1, Heights Fun Run
October 6, Bicycle Rally
December 6-7, Holiday Home Tour
December 9-11, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]
February 23, Awards Dinner
April 4-6, Spring Home Tour [tentative dates]
At The Properties
Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.
Heavy Trash Notes
March is a “Tree Waste Only” month; April is a “Junk Waste” month. Remember that the heavy trash pickup date changed to the third Wednesday for most of the Houston Heights area. For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site .
Copyright and Submissions
The Heights is published monthly by the Houston Heights Association. Its purpose is to acknowledge achievements and to inform HHA members of events.
Copyright © 2013, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.
Newsletter inquiries, suggestions, or submissions should be directed to:
Editor, The Heights, 107 W. 12th Street, Houston, TX 77008-6907;
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Staff and Contributors
Editor: Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson
Janet Buchheit, Stacey Courville, Kit Davis, Angela DeWree, Lauriel Hindman, Lindsey Lee, Scott Lester, Leann Mueller, Bill Pellerin, Kelly Simmons, Lanna von Baden.