In This Supplement

Holiday Home Tour

Shuttle Route Map

Home Descriptions and Pictures


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Six, Number Eleven, November 2010
Special Holiday Home Tour Supplement

2010 Holiday Home Tour

“Holiday Greetings! From the Houston Heights”

by Elizabeth Poirrier, Chair, 2010 Holiday Home Tour

Planning your holiday festivities yet? Houston Heights is the fabulous and festive destination of the season! National Geographic Traveler recently said that Houston Heights “flourishes as a destination for foodies, architecture buffs, and creative types (the neighborhood is said to be home to the highest concentration of professional artists in the state),” and the Heights Holiday Home Tour is a great way to experience all the Heights has to offer! This festive annual event consists of six unique homes decked out for the Holidays, three historic and three of newer construction, that you won’t want to miss! So be sure to include time to attend the 2010 Heights Holiday Home Tour on Friday, December 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and Saturday, December 4, from 3:00 to 9:00 PM!


There are shuttles available both Friday and Saturday of the Tour, with the main pick up at the Heights Fire Station located on the corner of 12th Street and Yale. The shuttles are included in the ticket price. If you do choose to drive, three home are in close proximity to one another, so just park your car and enjoy the walk (and hopefully crisp festive weather) between them! The shuttle map is included below.


This year tickets are available at The Artful Corner, Bliss on 19th, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Heights Antiques on Yale, Phil’s Texas Barbecue, and Waldo’s Coffee House. Tickets are $20 in advance for all 6 houses or $25 on the days of the tour. $5 per house tickets can also be purchased the days of the tour. Bundles of 10 tickets will be available online for $175 here.

With several Heights holiday events going on that weekend, be sure to make the Heights and the Home Tour a part of your Holiday plans! Plan to have lunch or dinner, take a stroll down 19th Street, and last but certainly not least, tour six magically decorated homes!

Holiday Home Tour poster

Shuttle Route Map

The 2010 Holiday Home Tour will have shuttles available Friday and Saturday with the main pick-up and stop at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale, and interim stops at each of the 6 tour homes. Shuttles will be available for all hours of the Tour, Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, December 4, 3:00-9:00 PM. Regions Bank, located on the corner of 11th Street and Allston, is close to the Fire Station and is allowing use of their parking lot for the Tour.

Shuttle stops:

*. Heights Fire Station

1. 729 Rutland, Sam Blackman Home

2. 1222 Allston, The Modern Craftsman, Kuo Home

3. 1432 Tulane, Jeffrey Wade Home

4. 1629 Cortlandt, The Classic Queen Anne, Ruth Davis Home

5. 1439 Harvard, The Batterson Home

6. 1445 Harvard, The Batterson-Drouin Home

“Holiday Greetings! From the Houston Heights” Tour Homes

Sam J. Blackman Home, 729 Rutland

Jay Wehnert and Victoria Harrison purchased this historic 1897 Queen Anne farmhouse known in the Heights as the Sam J. Blackman home.  Mr. Blackman, a blacksmith, expanded this original two-room house in the 1920’s and used beveled glass doors and fine quarter-sawn oak floors to suit his wife’s tastes. The Blackman house is home to many family antiques and extensive collections of art and hand made objects that spill from every wall to the yard and garden.

The Modern Craftsman, 1222 Allston

This newly constructed Craftsman style home was built in 2008 by Allegro Builders and 2Scale Architects. The seaside-inspired décor is fresh and relaxing the moment you walk through the door. The bright and happy kitchen is the perfect centerpiece of the home. With an oversized fireplace to cozy up to as well as a large wrap-around porch, the homeowners are set for all seasons.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2010 Platinum sponsors:

Republic Services KBR San Jacinto Stone

The Wade Home, 1432 Tulane

Modeled after a home in the Garden District of New Orleans, this Colonial style bungalow offers an amazing unobstructed view through the entire length of the home. Prior to 2003, the home had rightly earned the nickname “la casa de los pichones,” as the only homeowners were dozens of wayward pigeons! After a major clean-up, the homeowner had a blank slate to work with and achieved a truly stunning transformation.

The Davis Home, 1629 Cortlandt

This classic 1915 Queen Anne cottage received a complete makeover in 2009. With the help of Bungalow Revival, a Heights-based renovation team, it was restored with architectural and period details befitting the age and beauty of this home. Period antiques were carefully selected for the renovation. The homeowner’s love of “all things Christmas” will be reflected throughout the home in celebration of the season

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Fall 2010 Bronze Sponsor:

Boulevard Realty

The Batterson Home, 1439 Harvard

Built in 2003, this warm and spacious home was designed by Walter Murphy with Murphy/Mears Architects, and built by John Galvin. The Texas-inspired décor accentuates the wonderful open floor plan. Because the homeowner had grown up in the Heights, the house was designed with the spirit of this special neighborhood in mind and to accommodate a massive oak tree that you have to see to believe!

Batterson-Drouin Home, 1445 Harvard

This home was built in 1903 in the Dutch Colonial style and was the Emil Linderberg Home until 1933 when it was purchased by Clarence and Gladys Batterson. For the past 77 years, this Heights gem has remained in the Batterson family. Today the house exemplifies modern day comfort and eclectic style, yet still maintains its original footprint, floors and windows. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

November contributors:

Sharon Balke, Paul Carr, Anne Culotta, Karen Derr, Angela DeWree, Lauriel Hindman, Scott Lester, Elizabeth Poirrier, Kelly Simmons, Anne Sloan, Dean Swanson, Lanna vonBaden.