Avondale, developed in the early 20th century, was home to many of Houston's early business and social leaders before the development of River Oaks and Broadacres. The neighborhood was designed with special attention paid to quality of life, with wide streets, cement curbs and gutters, and utility poles located in rear alleys. The historic homes of Avondale are representative of the architectural styles in vogue in that time period, such as Prairie, American Four Square, Craftsman, and Tudor Revival. Architects and builders who built homes in Avondale included Fred Marett, E. L. Crain, and most prominently, the Russell Brown Company, which was responsible for more than a dozen of the homes built during Avondale's initial development. The historic district is in two sections - the East was designated in 1999, the West in 2007. For more information, please go to: See more detail.