Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Houston

4.5
#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in Houston
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, located in the River Oaks community in Houston, Texas, United States, is a 14acre facility of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) that houses a collection of decorative art, paintings and furniture. Bayou Bend is the former home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg. Bayou Bend was marked with a Texas Historical Commission marker in 1973 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The mansion, designed by architect John F. Staub, was built between 1927 and 1928 for Ima Hogg and her brothers, William C. and Michael Hogg. Covered in towering trees and thick undergrowth, the home site was, in Miss Hogg's words, "nothing but a dense thicket". The home was one of the first to be located in the River Oaks neighborhood developed by the Hogg brothers. During construction, Ima Hogg insisted that as many trees as possible be kept. Only one tree was sacrificed to make room for the house, and the gardens were created around the existing trees. Ima Hogg gave the home its name, over the objection of her brother Will, who said the name was "too muddy and 'muskeetery' and malarial". Ima responded that "not everyone can have a bayou".
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  • The Christmas decorations were extensive and delightful. Staff were very helpful. The play that was going on in the house was fun. Children were having fun. Music and trains were in a large tent.  more »
  • We visited here during our recent trip exploring the Houston, TX, area. First we stopped at their Visitor’s Center the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend to view the 3 short orientation videos and tour....  more »
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  • A very beautiful and peaceful place. The home is packed with history and very interesting historical items. The gardens are breathtaking and our tour guide, Carey Swan, was great! She answered all of our questions and was nice enough to give us an extra guide at the gardens. Worth every penny!
  • Beautiful gardens. You can take pictures and walk around and really feel the nature of the park. The house is amazing, we didn't get to tour the house but hopefully next time. We also walked around the Museum showing history, art and pictures.

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