In 1906, Houston was poised to become a great city. The construction of its first skyscraper began (only eight stories); dredging commenced for the Houston Ship Channel; and Carrie Nation paid a visit and inflicted $750 damage on a saloon named after her, leaving no doubt that she wanted the name changed. Rambunctious growth, the proliferation of streetcar lines, and the emergence of the automobile pushed Houston's boundaries outward. When unrestricted commercialism encroached on the mansions of the city's elite, they abandoned downtown and formed private residential enclaves beyond the chaos. One of the earliest, fashioned after the "private places" of St. Louis, was Courtlandt Place. Developed for Houston's first big businessmen and power brokers, its story has been linked with the city's history for more than 100 years. The exceptional Courtlandt Place is on the National Register of Historic Places and remains a triumph of historic preservation.
About the Author
A native of South Texas, Sallie Gordon and her family have lived on Courtlandt Place since 1986. Penny Jones has resided in Houston since 1977. The majority of images in this book are from private collections, and the authors have taken great care to include a majority of photographs not previously published.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the book. It was very historical and great photos. In the past I have attended several parties at some of these wonderful homes and was thrilled to see a write up on the book in the Houston Chronicle. Wonderful history of the beginnings on the Houston areas. Thanks for a great read.