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Heights Historic Districts

There are 7 Heights Historic Districts out of the 20 total for Houston. There are 3 that are labeled as “Heights Historic Districts” and the other 4 are “Houston Heights Proper.” Below are 3 Heights Historic Districts; Norhill, Woodland Heights and Germantown.

Norhill

Norhill Historic District
Norhill was developed in the 1920’s by Will Hogg as a master planned community for the  working class. The homes are a distinctive mix of brick cottages and wood bungalows. Many of these homes were pre-cut “kit” homes available from catalogs, to be constructed by local craftsmen. The park-like esplanade of Norhill Blvd. is another feature of this neighborhood. Norhill Historic District is the Heights first historic district designation (in 2000).

Woodland Heights

Woodland Heights Historic District

Woodland Heights Historic District is just below Norhill. Both are East of Studewood  St.  Woodland Heights is just over a century old. We had our 100th birthday in 2007. This area was recently designated as historic. The uneven boundary lines show that not everybody agreed with the decision.
 

Grota Homestead

Heights Historic Districts - Germantown

Grota Homestead is a part of the original Germantown, which was later bisected by I-45. Germantown is just West of Woodland Heights. It is a triangular area between I-45 and Houston Ave. with about 80 homes. It was originally platted as Germantown in the 1830’s. By designating it as Germantown Historic District, the homeowners don’t have to worry about I-45 being widened (being talked about for years) and taking in more of the neighborhood. These homes are mostly bungalows with a few larger homes facing the park.

 

Heights Proper Historic Districts

The remaining historic districts are located in Houston Heights proper. They are: Houston Heights West, Houston Heights South, Houston Heights East, and Freeland historic district. The Heights is an old part of Houston, one of the oldest planned communities in Texas. Houston Heights (named for it’s 23 foot elevation over the swampy downtown area) was formed in early 1890’s, and connected to downtown by a trolley line. It became incorporated as the city of Houston Heights, but was still annexed by Houston in 1918.

The Heights went into decline for years, but the last 15+ years has seen a resurgence in popularity. Lately it has turned into a booming area of new restaurants, increasing home values and lots of high-end new homes. Keeping the character of the Heights is the aim of the these historic districts. Demo is almost impossible in these areas, and exterior remodeling plans must be approved. So, if you buy in these districts you can feel pretty confident that a monstrosity won’t spring up next to you, but if you plan on remodeling/expanding, find out the rules first.

Three of these 4 historic districts are in Houston Heights Historic Districts, and one (Freeland) is just below it. These are all West of Studewood.

East Heights Historic District

Historic Heights East

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Houston Heights East Historic District  was approved in 2008. It covers Heights Blvd to Oxford St; from 11th St to 20th.








West Heights Historic District

Houston Heights West Historic Districtt

 

 

Houston Heights West Historic District  backs up to the East district (West of Yale), but only goes up to 16th St. It goes West to Ashland St.

 

South Heights Historic District

Heights Historic Districts-Houston Heights South Historic

Houston Heights Historic District South is South of 11th, down almost to I-10. These 3 districts combined make up most of Houston Heights.






 

Freeland Historic District

 

Heights Historic Districts-Freeland Historic District

Freeland Historic District is the tiniest district in the Heights, encompassing only about 2 blocks was platted in 1920, from a portion
of the original 1839 homestead of Gabriel Gostick. The developers of Freeland knew that proximity to the flourishing Houston Heights community would attract
buyers to Freeland and could benefit Freeland residents as well. This may be the smallest district, but it was one of the most vociferous when new construction was attempted.

Houston Historic District Maps

Houston currently has 20 historic districts, with others being proposed. The area of town with the largest number is the Heights. A map of the Heights Historic Districts (plus a couple of other) is shown below.

Map of Heights Historic Districts

 

People look for homes with specific characteristics: good school districts; walking distance to schools; proximity to nightlife; distance to work, safety, etc.  People also focus on age and character of the house and neighborhood. To some of these people having a historic home, or a home in a historic area is important to them; they want history. These are the people who look for homes in historic districts.

Posts devoted to Heights Historic Districts:

First Ward Battle – I wrote this post about the battle between developers and owners in the first ward. The first ward is now a historic district but they were fighting over whether to make it a district.

Find Your Home’s History – How to research historical homes and find out your home’s history.

Independence Heights – Read about the latest historic district created in Houston. It is also the first historic district north of the 610 loop.

The city of Houston has individual Historic District Maps. These are pretty boring pdf maps that show boundaries.

HAR.com though has Interactive Houston Historic District Maps that are much better.  It shows an overall map with all of the historic districts, then allows you to click on each one for details, and even do a search for homes for sale in historic districts. HAR.com  was the first MLS in the country to provide such a search for the public. It was done in collaboration with the city.

A couple of other sites worth visiting are Houston Historic Preservation  and What’s Planned for Your Neighborhood.

One more site that is playing a big role in shaping our historic districts is the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) is a 13 member review board that reviews requests for landmarks, historic district designations, landmarks and most critical, Certificates of Appropriateness. This is what builders, owners need when attempting to do remodeling of homes in historic districts. These are the people who decide what you can or cannot do to the exterior of your home.
I have a couple of  posts on these Historic Districts below.

I live in Woodland Heights Historic District. Contact me if you want to buy or sell in these historic neighborhoods.

More info on these Districts

Freeland Historic District

Heights Historic District Sign











Quoting from HAR.com….”Houston currently has 19 city historic districts, plus the Old Sixth Ward Protected Historic District. These historic districts are representative of a variety of time periods and architectural styles of Houston’s past, dating back to the mid-1800s. The historic district properties listed for sale on this site include both historic and non-historic properties, all of which are subject to the City of Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance. However, only those properties classified as historic may be eligible for city property tax exemptions and discounts on permit fees. The City has also designated many individual historic landmarks, which will appear on this site only if listed for sale and located within an historic district.

If you want to search for homes in other historic districts, go to this HAR link or you can give me a call at 713-868-9008 and I can do the work for you!


Latest Posts on Historic Districts

Germantown Historic District

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on February 21, 2014
Germantown Historic District

Germantown Historic District Proposed Update: Approval was given in early December, 2013 for the Germantown Historic District! This  latest Heights Historic District approval makes the seventh in the Heights. The subdivision of Grota Homestead sought historic designation by its original name of Germantown. Grota is a small neighborhood just East of Woodland Heights. Germantown is how […]

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First Ward Historic Designation

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on February 13, 2014
First Ward Historic Designation

First Ward Historic Designation-Time is Running Out! A portion of First Ward is petitioning for Historic Designation. First Ward is just South of the existing historic district of Sixth Ward.I wrote about this earlier in another blog, TwistedHeights.com. Now channel 13 is talking about it too. Unfortunately, First Ward has had a huge (HUGE) influx […]

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Heights Historic District Renovation-Sneak Preview

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on July 2, 2013
Heights Historic District Renovation-Sneak Preview

Heights Historic District Renovation-1845 Harvard St HDT Builders recently sold their 625 Harvard renovation and are in the middle of their next projects. One of them is the renovation of 1845 Harvard St. 1845 Harvard is in the Heights Historic District East. It is a Mediterranean Revival style home that had been sadly neglected. An […]

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Historic Preservation Fair, Houston

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on May 10, 2013
Historic Preservation Fair, Houston

Historic Preservation Fair The Houston Historic Preservation Fair is Sat May 18, 2013. The half day free event covers covers a lot of issues involving homes in historic districts. June 21 update: See some notes on this class and learn about Researching Your Historic Home at my 6/21 post. Some of the topics I’m interested […]

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Elegant Home in Heights Historic District

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on March 24, 2013
Elegant Home in Heights Historic District

Elegant Home in Heights Historic District Almost Complete Jan 2014 Update: This house sold long ago, but HDT is remodeling/expanding two other big homes in historic districts. Call for details. I held open 625 Harvard St last Sunday and had a lot of visitors. For those of you following the progress on my blog or […]

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625 Harvard St, Historic Heights Renovation

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on February 11, 2013
625 Harvard St, Historic Heights Renovation

A Victorian Historic Heights Renovation The renovation and expansion of 625 Harvard is near a turning point. Since the house is within one of the historic districts (Houston Heights South), the front exterior is original, with the expansion at the rear. Until recently 625 Harvard was difficult to show…it was a construction site. After the trim carpenters […]

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Heights Historic District House for Sale

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on January 3, 2013
Heights Historic District House for Sale

Historic District House for Sale – 625 Harvard St HDT Builders’ Expansion/Renovation of 625 Harvard St is in trim stage now and will be on MLS soon. Trim stage is just that: The trim work is being installed, and cabinets being built. You can now actually get a feel for the quality of work being […]

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Revisiting Old Houses

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on March 26, 2011
Revisiting Old Houses

Revisiting Old Houses:  50 Years Later. My brother, sister and I took my 92 year old Mom to visit Lufkin, TX, where she grew up. I don’t remember much about Lufkin even though I visited a lot. I do remember the big old, somewhat creepy, Victorian house that my Grandma lived in though. It may […]

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Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance Update

Filed in Heights Historic Districts by on September 22, 2010
Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance Update

A Revision to the Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance was recently drafted by the Houston City Council, after many tumultuous meetings. A revision that makes more sense to me but leaves some preservationist unhappy. Instead of re-hashing this article, I’ll quote from Houston Chronicle – 09/18/10 Chron.com:“The city on Friday released the final draft of a […]

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