THE BAY RIDGE PARK ASSOCIATION
In 1893, twelve prominent Houston families acquired 40 acres of land in order to build a resort community of summer homes, and formed the Bay Ridge Park Association. To allow each family beachfront property, the land was divided into deep, narrow lots. In an egalitarian move, the families chose their lots via ballots.
The first houses built were modest one- and two-storey Eastlake and Queen Anne cottages with verandahs. Houses built in the early 20th century, like this one now owned by the Garbers, were designed by renowned architects. Among the grander houses is one patterned after the White House, which was built for Texas Governor Ross Sterling and his wife.
Overlooking Galveston Bay at the inlet that leads to the Houston Ship Channel, Morgan’s Point is a city of 350 people, among them the members of the Bay Ridge Park Association. The organization’s president today is Paul Garber.