THE BAY RIDGE PARK AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Old House Journal - - Inspire -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.