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Tue Sep 26

Sara’s Inn (941 Heights Blvd)

Sara’s Inn, originally a one-story house constructed in the late 19th century during the development of the Heights, underwent a transformation in the 1980s when a new owner converted it into a charming Bed & Breakfast. The renovation included the addition of a second story and a carriage house at the rear, which served as the original residence for the innkeeper. Over the years, the inn gained popularity for its breakfast offerings, including a beloved Sunday brunch open to the public. In the 2000s, further enhancements were made, introducing a dining room and a garden solarium pavilion, making it a truly enchanting destination.

Architecural Styles:
Queen Anne, Victorian

Coombs Park & Heights Natatorium (3rd & Boulevard)

Describing other features of the park, Sister M. Agatha’s History of the Heights states:

Sunday afternoon was the park’s big day. At three o’clock every Sunday, a Mrs. Roaming (significant name) went up in a balloon, with a monkey for a companion. Sometimes the monkey went up alone. The balloon had a basket and when the lady got ready to come down, she pulled a valve and gradually as the gas escaped, the balloon descended. When the monkey went up alone, the valve was fixed so that the gas was gradually leaking before the ascension. There was a track in the park for goat racing, and the children brought their pets, harnessed to various little wagons or traps, and took part in the race for prizes. Mr. Coombs also provided a zoo with all kinds of animals for the special delight of the children. Between his home and the bayou, extending back to Yale Street, he had an ostrich farm and children of the Heights loved to go near the fence to see the birds. These, too, were for the park.

Row on 25th (25th & Yale)

Row on 25th is a distinctive housing development located in Houston Heights, a neighborhood known for its tree-lined streets and independent businesses. Constructed circa 2010-2013 in response to the need for affordable and modern housing in the area, the project was a collaboration between a Houston native and innovative developers, Holden Shannon and the husband-and-wife team of Matthew and Tina Ford. By leveraging economies of scale and creative design, they managed to keep build-out costs to a reasonable level, resulting in a unique community of nine row houses that blend mid-century cool with simplicity and utility. Today, Row on 25th offers residents a blend of modern comfort and affordability, attracting a diverse and design-conscious community to the heart of Houston Heights.

Architecural Styles:
Modern, Minimalist, Hugh Newell Jacobsen

Heights Clocktower (22nd & Lawrence)

Constructed in 1894, the Heights Clocktower stands as one of Houston’s oldest buildings. Originally a textile mill. Today, the Clocktower has been repurposed as the headquarters of Radom Capital, renowned for its development projects like Heights Mercantile, MKT, and Montrose Collective in the area.

Really close to the location of Corll Candy Company (502 W 22nd St), Infamous for its association with the Candy Man killer of the 1970s, a local resident who preyed on high school kids, the building gained notoriety when a gunshot incident led to his apprehension and trial in San Antonio.

Architecural Styles:
Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman

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