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The Houston Heights Association Home & Garden Tour is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, noon-6 p.m. each day. Themed “Now Showing…The Houston Heights,” the event will showcase six distinctive homes in the area, dating from 1903 to recent construction, each reflecting the unique character and architecture of one of Houston ’s most cherished and eclectic neighborhoods.
The movie-themed festivities begin with the annual Candlelight Dinner & Auction on Friday evening at Master Car Care, 2305 Yale, from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., with a private tour of the homes before dinner.

Featured Homes
Burleson Home – 615 E. 16th St.
Rodgers Home – 629 Heights Blvd.
Glassell Home - 1409 Allston
McIntyre Home – 621 E. 8 ½ St.
Eastman Home – 935 Harvard
Morello Home – 608 Peddie

Shuttles will be available for boarding at the Heights Fire Station at 107 W. 12th and Yale Street, where parking is also available. Tour goers are asked not to park at the tour homes.

Other Activities During the Tour
While at the Heights Fire Station, view the Houston Heights Association’s fifth annual Youth Art Show, hosted by the Association’s Education Committee.
On Home Tour weekend, visitors will want to explore the charming Houston Heights area, rich in antique shops, art galleries, clothing and jewelry boutiques, home furnishings and d écor stores, outdoor cafes and world-class restaurants.
Beginning March 6, Home Tour tickets are $17 in advance, available at www.houstonheights.org and at Another Place in Time, the Artful Corner, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Eclectic Home, Jubilee and Waldo’s Coffee House. Day-of-tour tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Buchanan’s Native Plants, Another Place in Time, Heights Fire Station and at each home. Tickets include all six homes and bus shuttles. Tickets for individual homes are $5 each.

Candlelight Dinner & Auction
Candlelight Dinner & Auction tickets are $100 for individuals and $1,000 for a table of 10. Seating is limited to 500, and advance purchase is required. Table hosts receive two tickets to the 2011 kick off party and are included in the Gala & Auction program, when reservations are received within print deadline.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the Houston Heights Association Home & Garden Tour and Candlelight Dinner & Auction, visit www.houstonheights.org; call 713-861-4002, ext. 3; or e-mail springtour@houstonheights.org.

Thanks to the Sponsors
Platinum – KBR, Republic Services, and San Jacinto Stone Co.
Silver – CenterPoint Energy, Eclectic Home, John Palmer Art, Katy Bomar Creative, Lucas Craftsmanship, Inc., Master Car Care, Silkwood Mosaics, and Stella Sola
Bronze – Allegiance Bank Texas, Boulevard Realty, Buchanan’s Native Plants, BullsEye Storage, Coldwell Banker United, Easley Endres Parkhill & Brackendorff, PC, Grogan Building Supply Co., Heights Liquor on 11th, and PrimeWay Federal Credit Union
Special “thank yous” to John Henry Childs Photography, Kevin Peterson, Michael Stencel, Minute Maid, Sign-A-Rama Tracy Englet, WebExtra
The Houston Heights Association is a nonprofit organization, and proceeds from the HHA Home & Garden Tour go directly into the community for beautification, restoration, maintenance and education.  

More About the Homes
McIntyre Home, 621 E. 8 ½ St.
Head Docent – Jan Cottage
Florist – Village Greenery & Flowers
This gorgeous home was designed by its owner, Mike McIntyre of McIntyre & Robinowitz Architects, and constructed by John Galvin of Kerry Galvin Homes. Built on an oversized lot that was formerly used as a brick storage yard, the home has 4,500 feet of conditioned space and 850 feet of covered living area. The contemporary home features a variety of exterior materials including a standing seam metal roof, aluminum-clad Douglas fir windows, fiber cement board siding, cedar rafters, and ip é siding, trim, decking and columns. Inside, ceilings vary from 7 to 13 feet. Major interior materials include concrete, slate and white oak flooring, Douglas fir trim, paneling and doors. Cabinetry is both painted and rift-sawn white oak. Interior design services were provided by Mel Poet of Poet Design and Laura Michaelides of Four Square Design Studio. Landscape design and installation was performed by Danny McNair of Glauser McNair Landscape Architects.

Now Showing…
The Houston Heights
Burleson Home, 615 E. 16th St. Photo by Michael Stencel
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McIntyre Home, 621 E. 8 ½ St. Photo by Jack Thompson
Morello Home, 608 Peddie. Photo by David Morello
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Eastman Home, 935 Harvard. Photo by Michael Stravato
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Rodgers Home, 629 Heights Boulevard. Photo by Michael Stencel
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Glassell Home, 1409 Allston. Photo by Michael Stencel
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Morello Home, 608 Peddie
Head Docent – Hillary Parr-Cobb
Florist – The Empty Vase
One would expect a garden designer/ contractor to have a stunning home and David Morello doesn ’t disappoint. It was a labor of love, however. When Morello first spied the original 1930s bungalow, the home was in desperate need of renovation. Morello took the interior down to the studs and started afresh. Today the six-room bungalow is Morello ’s castle. The ceilings vault to an impressive 12-foot height. The walls provide a backdrop to the owner ’s art collection and tailored furnishings. The exterior of the cottage-style house sports Craftman windows, custom screens and doors, and an integrated porch. This comfortable castle was featured on the cover of Houston House & Home in 2008, in the Houston Chronicle in August 2009 and in Better Homes & Gardens in February 2010.

Burleson Home, 615 E. 16th St.
Head Docent – Bill Baldwin
Florist – Darlene’s Flowers
Sue and Bob Burleson’s new home—which has often been mistaken for a beautifully renovated old one—was designed by architects Newberry, Campa Design Studio and built by Kerry Galvin Homes. The house combines Prairie, Arts and Craft, and Craftsman-style architecture. It has gently pitched overhanging gable roofs, open eaves with exposed rafter tails, wood brackets and squared stone columns supporting a front porch. The porte cochere is one of the owners ’ favorite features. A sunny side yard is ideal for productive gardens. The rear yard is shaded by three grand magnolias. High ceilings grace three bedrooms, the dining room/library, and a spacious great room/kitchen where “the cook gets to be a part of it all.” This home was featured in the February 2004 issue of Builder as one of five homes in the U.S. that best reflects the particular style of the region.

Eastman Home, 935 Harvard
Head Docent – Barb Waugh
Florist – Central Market
When searching for a new home, Anna and Brad Eastman wanted a place that was both family friendly and great for entertaining. In this two-story, 1918 house they found the perfect space for five humans and two dogs. From the outside, the home ’s most noticeable assets are its porches, the large original wraparound on the front and an 800-square-foot screened-in addition on the back. The latter has become the favored place for holiday dinners and neighborhood parties. Renovations, most recently by Harrison-Kornberg Architects and Don Broman Construction, included enhancements to the kitchen and baths, the addition of a mud room, wet bar, laundry room, and shelving in the master bedroom and living room. The interior is furnished with a mix of antiques and “comfortable contemporary cottage” pieces. The master bedroom and bath is enhanced by trompe l’oeil painting.

Rodgers Home, 629 Heights Blvd
Head Docents – Joy Stapp and Kathy Butler
Florist – Jana’s Flowers
Anne Rodgers has long appreciated the “diversity and funkiness” of the Houston Heights and wanted her 1920s “Airplane Bungalow” to remain true to its roots. She purchased the home in 1987 and lived there for 10 years before contracting architect Jay Baker and builder Marcel Barone of the Southampton Group to help with renovation. In keeping with Anne ’s goal, only 200 square feet were added to the home. Most of the rooms and many of the features remain original: the heart-of-pine floors, large double-hung sash windows with wavy glass, full-front porch, and even a basement. The original owner worked at home and wanted client access separate from his residence; hence the two front doors. Today the home is beautifully furnished with a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces that reflect Anne ’s classic and timeless style. Interestingly, no children have ever lived in this house, which may explain the well-preserved floors and woodwork.
 
Glassell Home, 1409 Allston
Head Docent – Katy Bomar and Diane Easley
Florist – Sketch by Albert
This 1904 pier-and-beam Victorian cottage was a dancehall in the 1930s and ‘40s, then converted to a residence some time later. The home has had a number of owners over the years, and has been renovated numerous times. It was with an eye for fine art that Curry purchased the home in 2003. She added a master bedroom and media room, bringing the existing garage and apartment together under one roof. Gems from the original house include the 11.5-foot ceilings, the moldings and windows in the guestroom, office and front living area. Modern pieces have been mixed with antiques to create an interior that could be described as “elegant eclectic comfort.” Look for a Lalique chandelier, an Italian mirror, pink 1950s Hollywood chairs, art by Larry Bell and McKay Otto, and David Graeve sculptures. The exterior features numerous decks and an oversized swimming pool. Curry and her kitchen were featured in Modern Luxury Houston magazine.
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