Houston's Forgotten Heritage
Landscape, Houses, Interiors, 1824-1914
8.5 x 11, 408 pp.
275 b&w photos. 7 maps. 2 charts.
Pub Date: 11/04/2014
Sara and John Lindsey Series in the Arts and Humanities
  hardcover
Price:        $50.00

978-1-62349-246-5

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Houston's Forgotten Heritage

Landscape, Houses, Interiors, 1824-1914

This ambitious book tells a richly detailed story of Houston home life and culture from the settlement of Harrisburg and Houston in the 1820s and 1830s to World War I, when rapid economic development and modernization began to spell demolition for many notable nineteenth-century houses and public buildings.

The authors discuss landscape and horticulture, the development of domestic architecture, the evolution of home interiors, and domestic life, and its influence on the social and cultural fabric of the city.

 “Houston’s Forgotten Heritage stands out because of its integration of architecture, landscape, social history, and interior design, along with the authors’ ability to place Houston within the broader context of American history.”—Texas Architect

“ . . . a solidly researched, enlightening work.”—Houston Chronicle


DOROTHY KNOX HOWE HOUSTON is a direct descendant of Jane Birdsall and John Richardson Harris, the family for whom Harris County is named.  She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a member of the Junior League of Houston and is active in numerous other civic and cultural group. She is also the author of The Houston Club and its City. BARRIE M. SCARDINO BRADLEY has served as executive director of the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as editor of Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston, and as architectural archivist of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Houston Public Library. She now resides in Beaumont, Texas. She is also the coauthor of Clayton’s Galveston. SADIE GWIN BLACKBURN is a direct descendant of Harvey Allen and holds two degrees from Rice University. KATHERINE S. HOWE is director of the Rienzi and Dora Maar House at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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