Houston Montrose Neighborhood

Houston Montrose History

•First Montrose Commons was one of several upscale neighborhoods developed in Houston between 1900 and 1925

•Montrose Historic district consists of two distinct subdivisions

•Areas have formed a singular identity within the city

•Many of the historic houses were built in the Craftsman, Colonial Revival, and Prairie styles and feature stucco exteriors with exuberant detailing and multi-pane windows

•Neighborhood contains an eclectic mix of architecture

•In the early 1900’s upscale “suburban” neighborhoods developed southwest of downtown

•Included Audubon Place, Courtlandt Place, Avondale, Montrose, and Westmoreland

•Other affluent subdivisions were the Bute Addition and the Lockhart, Connor & Barziza Addition

•Today the subdivisions together are known as the First Montrose Commons neighborhood

•Montrose has been called the "Heart of Houston” and was named one of the "ten great neighborhoods in America" in 2009

•Bohemian flavor of neighborhood spawned the Westheimer Colony Art Festival in 1971 and subsequent street fair in 1973, which would become known as the Westheimer Street Festival

•In the 1970s the area became known as the center for the gay and lesbian community of Houston

•Montrose sported an estimated 30-40 gay bars at the time, including the Bayou Landing, thought to be the largest gay dance hall between the coasts, and several gay activist groups, including the Gay Liberation Front

Restaurants & Bars El Real, Roost, Hugo’s, Dolce Vita, Torchy’s Tacos, Anvil, El Tiempo, Snooze, Niko Niko’s, Pax Americana, Uchi, Underbelly, Katz’s Deli, Empire Café, Baba Yega, Common Bond Bakery, Agora

Parks •Menil Park •Mandell Park •Montrose Remembrance Garden •Cherryhurst Park •Lamar Park

Attractions and Events •Menil Collection •Rothko Chapel •Chapel of St Basil •University of Saint Thomas •Greek Fest •Montrose Crawl (Halloween pub crawl) 

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