Old Braeswood, Houston

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A sign indicating Old Braeswood

Old Braeswood is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, United States.

As one of Houston’s historic neighborhoods, Old Braeswood consists of 314 private residences and was originally planned as a "Country Club District" in the early 1920's.

It is a unique residential neighborhood characterized by large lots and sweeping lawns, huge trees,and a distinct architecture that ranges from stately Tutor homes to architecturally significant Ranches.

The Texas Medical Center, West University, Rice University, the Village, and Reliant Park are all within a one-mile radius of Old Braeswood.

Many properties in the neighborhood are valued well over $1,000,000. In 2006, the median house cost $428,850 United States dollars. Old Braeswood houses increased consistently in value during 2003 through 2006.

History[edit]

The civic club that serves the area was established in 1939 as the "Braeswood Civic Club". It was renamed to "Old Braeswood" in 1982 to differentiate the neighborhood with nearby neighborhoods that are also named after the Brays Bayou.[citation needed]

A large corner, over 10,000 acres, of the neighborhood was sold from Rice University to Texas oilman Glenn McCarthy in 1935, with his glamorous hotel, The Shamrock, located only blocks away. The August 8, 1937 edition of the Houston Post stated: ″With its two-story colonnaded porch surrounding three sides of the central portion, the house will recall plantation homes of the old South. From the broad south porch Brays bayou may be seen skirting the southern boundary of the site, which lies just across Kelving drive. On the opposite side, toward the north, the automobile entrance will open to the central hall. An eastern wing will contain the living room with the owners' rooms above.″

A man named Seymour Schwartz had created a garden to grow vegetables and herbs for disadvantaged people. Schwartz's neighbors complained that the garden was violating deed restrictions. In 1991 the Braeswood Civic Association and five Old Braeswood residents filed a lawsuit against Schwartz to try to stop his garden.[1]

On Saturday January 10, 2004,[2] a group of people who lived in Old Braeswood in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s held a reunion at the Hornberger Conference Center, which sits on the site of the former Shamrock Hotel. Over 400 people participated in the reunion.[3] The event invited people who lived in an area bounded by Holcombe, Kirby, Main Street, and North Braeswood. Don Aron, a former resident, had created the concept of the reunion.[4]

In April 2010 the City of Houston "automated" curbside recycling program was extended to Old Braeswood.[5]

Cityscape[edit]

Old Braeswood is west of,[6] and in proximity to the Texas Medical Center.[3] The Shamrock Hotel and the Colt .45 Stadium were located nearby.[2]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Old Braeswood is a part of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council.[7]

It is within Houston City Council District C.[8]

Old Braeswood is in Texas's 7th congressional district [1].

Houston Fire Department Fire Station 37 Braes Heights [2] is located at 3828 Aberdeen Way. Houston Fire Department Station 33 Medical Center is near the Texas Medical Center at 7100 Fannin @ South Braeswood [3].

The neighborhood is within the Houston Police Department's South Central Patrol Division [4]. The neighborhood is also patrolled by a private company.

Patrol services are contracted to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office [5].

Economy[edit]

In the era of the 1940s through 1970s, some restaurants that were well known in the Old Braeswood area wee Bill Williams, Lee's Den, and Valian's.[2]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The neighborhood is zoned to Houston Independent School District schools. They include Roberts Elementary (in nearby Southgate),[9] Pershing Middle School[10] (in nearby Braeswood Place - Any student zoned to Pershing may apply for Pin Oak Middle School's regular program[11]), and Lamar High School (in nearby Upper Kirby).[12]

Private schools[edit]

St. Vincent de Paul School, a K-8 Roman Catholic school operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is in the area.

St. Nicholas School Medical Center Campus, a K-8 private school, is in the area.

Episcopal High School and St. John's School are other popular private schools.

Libraries[edit]

The Houston Public Library Stella Link Branch and the Harris County Public Library West University Branch (in the city of West University Place) are near Old Braeswood.

Parks[edit]

Braeswood Park, a City of Houston park, is located in Old Braeswood. It has two playgrounds.[13] The neighborhood park association has a committee that fund raises for the park. The park groundbreaking occurred around 1979.[14]

Media[edit]

The Houston Chronicle is the area regional newspaper.

The West University Examiner is a local newspaper distributed in the community [6].

The Village News and Southwest News is a local newspaper distributed in the community.

Community information[edit]

The Weekley Family YMCA is located near Old Braeswood.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Piller, Ruth. "Deed restrictions becoming fertile grounds for suits." Houston Chronicle. Monday June 8, 1992. A9. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Betty L. "The past's presence in Old Braeswood / Residents of the neighborhood from the '40s to '70s to renew ties." Houston Chronicle. Thursday January 8, 2004. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Lassin, Arlene Nisson. "Just like Old (Braeswood) times / From New York to L.A., more than 400 return to town for reunion." Houston Chronicle. Thursday January 15, 2004. ThisWeek 5. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
  4. ^ Williams, Sarah. "Gathering set for Old Braeswood residents." Houston Chronicle. Thursday June 26, 2003. ThisWeek 7. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Residents begin new curbside recycling." Houston Chronicle. April 2, 2010. Retrieved on May 2, 2014.
  6. ^ Bernstein, Sam. "Signs of change, change of signs." Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 30, 2008. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ City of Houston, Council District Maps, District C." City of Houston. Retrieved on November 5, 2011.
  9. ^ "Roberts Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  10. ^ "Pershing Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  11. ^ "Pin Oak Middle School." The Southwest District. Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 7, 2008.
  12. ^ "Lamar High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  13. ^ "Our Parks A-F." City of Houston. Retrieved on October 22, 2012. "2345 Maroneal, 77030"
  14. ^ "Braeswood Park." Old Braeswood Property Owners Association. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.

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Coordinates: 29°42′07″N 95°24′47″W / 29.702°N 95.413°W / 29.702; -95.413