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Houston First Ward Neighborhood


First Ward History

•When Houston was incorporated in 1837, its founders decided to split the city into wards

•Originally, there were four wards

•Today, there are six distinct Houston wards, each with a different culture and vibe 

High First Ward Historic District

•Historically been a working-class neighborhood, settled by immigrants from many places

•Close to Market Square, Buffalo Bayou, and two parallel railroad lines

•Served as a major artery for shipment of goods in Houston’s early days

•Many residents worked for the railroads or in shops that served that industry

•Two train lines are a historic reminder of the neighborhood’s history

•High First Ward continues to attract those who want to live near downtown

Outdoor Spaces

•Allen’s Landing Park, considered the Plymouth Rock of Houston, was the site where Houston founders John and Augustus Allen stepped ashore -

  • Today, the 1.76-acre park features a terrace overlooking the bayou, a launch spot for kayaks and canoes, trails and walkways, and a large grass lawn
  • Also the spot where the Asian American community and the Texas Dragon Boat Association hold their annual dragon boat race in the spring

•Heights Hike and Bike Trail

•Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston

•Offers glimpses of some of the most beautiful examples of Victorian and turn-of-the-century architecture Houston has to offer

•Richard Brock Park

•Randall P. Jones Park

Restaurants and Bars

•Cafeza •Café Brussels •Stanton’s City Bites •Platypus Brewing •Holler Brewing •Paper Co. Café •B&B Butchers & Restaurant •Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden •Local Pho •Tacodeli

Attractions and Events

•Sawyer Yards •Spring Street Studios •Winter Street Studios •Summer Street Studios •Sabine Street Studios •Silver Street Studios •The Silos •Washington Avenue Corridor •Elder Street Artist Lofts •Community Garden •Second Saturday •Houston Dragon Boat Festival •Spring Bi-Annual Art Sale and Stroll •FotoFest •First Ward Community Garden •First Ward Civic Council Meetings 

Circa Real Estate LLC
350 W 19th Street Suite D, Houston, TX 77008   Get Directions
Phone: (713) 862-1101
Fax: (713) 861-5545