Boulevard Oaks, Houston

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Boulevard Oaks Historic District
BoulevardOaksSignTX.JPG
Boulevard Oaks street sign
Location Roughly bounded by
North and South Boulevards between Parkway and Wilton. Houston, Texas
United States
Area 56 acres (23 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 02000117[1]
Added to NRHP February 22, 2002

Boulevard Oaks is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, United States.

Boulevard Oaks is a group of 21 subdivisions inside the 610 Loop and north of Rice University. Developed primarily during the 1920s and 1930s, Boulevard Oaks contains two National Register historic districts: Broadacres and Boulevard Oaks Historic Districts, and a City of Houston Historic District.[citation needed]

Boulevard Oaks is in Texas's 7th congressional district [1].

History[edit]

The National Register of Historic Places designated the Boulevard Oaks Historic District, located within Boulevard Oaks and roughly bordered by North Boulevard, South Boulevard, Hazard Street, and Mandell Street, as a history district on February 22, 2002.[1]

Composition[edit]

The subdivisions of Boulevard Oaks are Chevy Chase, Edgemont, Ormond Place, Broadacres, Vassar Place, Ranch Estates, North Edgemont, West Edgemont, West Ormond Place, Cresmere Place, Cherokee, Vassar Court, Greenbriar Addition, Keithly Place, Sunset Court, Sunset Place, Sunset Estates, Cheyne Walk, Hermann Hospital Estates, Wroxton Court, and portions of the O. Smith Survey.[2]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Boulevard Oaks is a part of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council.[3]

The community is in Houston City Council District C.[4]

The Houston Police Department's South Central Patrol Division,[5] headquartered at 2022 St. Emanuel.,[6] serves the neighborhood.

Schools[edit]

The neighborhood is zoned to Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools. Poe Eelementary is located in the Chevy Chase subdivision in Boulevard Oaks.[2] Zoned schools include Poe Elementary School, Lanier Middle School (in the Montrose neighborhood), and Lamar High School (in the Upper Kirby neighborhood).[7] Every year Poe Elementary holds a carnival patronized by members of the Boulevard Oaks community, parents, and future parents. The carnival raises funds to cover budget gaps not supported by HISD or by the State of Texas.[8]

Area K-8 private schools include Presbyterian School in Houston. Area 9-12 high schools include St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston. K-12 private schools include St. John's School in Houston and The Kinkaid School in Piney Point Village.[7]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Vassar Spaceway Park is located in Boulevard Oaks.[9][10] It was dedicated as a municipal park in the late 1980s. Evalyn Krudy, the director of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council, said that since the creation of the park, it had been affected by drainage issues.[9] The Boulevard Oaks association received $5,000 in matching grant funds from the Matching Grant Program of the City of Houston Planning and Development Department. The funds were used to create a comprehensive drainage and maintenance plan to prevent standing water from accumulating and to beautify the park.[9]

Neighborhood in film[edit]

Boulevard Oaks appears in the films Terms of Endearment (1983), Rushmore (1998), Sidekicks (1992), My Best Friend is a Vampire (1988). Ms. Cross' temporary home in Rushmore is on North Boulevard. Mr. Blume and Ms. Cross also take a walk down North Boulevard in the film. In Terms of Endearment, Garrett Breedlove and Aurora take a walk down North Boulevard.

Media[edit]

The Houston Chronicle is the area regional newspaper.

The West University Examiner is a local newspaper distributed in the community [2].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Civic Association Architectural Review/Deed Restriction Contacts." Boulevard Oaks. Retrieved on December 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Galloway, Melissa Bech. "Neighborhood making strides / University Place council targets traffic woes, security." Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 11, 2001. ThisWeek 17. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
  4. ^ City of Houston, Council District Maps, District C." City of Houston. Retrieved on November 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Crime Statistics for South Central Patrol Division." City of Houston.
  6. ^ "VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES PROGRAM - Citizens Offering Police Support." City of Houston.
  7. ^ a b "Information: Schools." Boulevard Oaks. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
  8. ^ Martin, Betty L. "Poe Elementary’s 60th annual carnival set for Saturday." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday October 22, 2008. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Reynolds, Patrick. "Southwest Houston groups receive improvement grants." Houston Chronicle. Thursday September 27, 2001. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
  10. ^ "Our Parks O-Z." City of Houston. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.

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Coordinates: 29°43′41″N 95°24′07″W / 29.728°N 95.402°W / 29.728; -95.402