Welcome to Avondale!
Our mission is to encourage the beautification of our neighborhood and to promote upon and improve the civic, historic, residential and social welfare of our community while allowing residents the freedom to enjoy thier homes, yards and streets.
Interesting Facts About Avondale’s Past
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- There once was a coffee bar called “The Mausoleum” on corner of Taft & Westheimer
- There was a Texas Barbecue House Restaurant before Two Pesos Restaurant became Taco Cabaña , Montrose and Westheimer where the Smoothie King is now located
- There was a pharmacy on the NE corner of Montrose and Westheimer where Alladins’ is presently.
- There was once a Barbers School across the street from Mango’s Restaurant in the early 80’s
- Big Franks was the name of the restaurant that Ming’s took over, now that space is occupied by lil Big’s.
- In the late 80’d the Guardian Angels had their headquarters where the parking lot of Avant Gardens is now.
- Westheimer Road between Montrose and Bagby was once called Hathaway street
- There were bars called The Truck Stop, Silver Phoenix and Dirty Sally’s on Avondale Blvd in the early 80’s
- Numbers Bar was once called Babylon
- The Round Table Bar was changed to the Veterans center (Westheimer and Whitney) is now radical eats.
- A Bar called “The Second Sun” was located where the Cat doctor Clinic is now—
- 910 Westheimer was the Blue water Driving School before becoming Prive lounge, which has now changed to the rosemont social club
- The Midnight Sun bar, Bayou Landing, Momma’s Money, The Depo Station and later QT’s were located where the parking lot of the Cat Doctors clinic is now.
- Hungry’s International Restaurant was once located on south side of Westheimer and Helena
- Houlihan’s Restaurant was once located on northeast corner of Westheimer and Helena
- The Chicken Coop Bar was once located on south east corner of Stanford and Westheimer
- Just Marion and Lynn’s Bar was located on southeast corner of Grant and Fairview
- Theodores Club and Antique Shop was once located at Mason and Avondale Blvd.
- ET Scrugg’s Restaurant was once located at 212 Westheimer
- Prince’s drive in, was located where stop n go is. Montrose and westheimer.
The Avondale neighborhood is an architecturally and historically significant example of an early 20th century affluent Houston community. Avondale was home to many of Houston’s early business and social leaders more than a decade before the development of River Oaks and Broadacres, Houston’s later exclusive neighborhoods.
The neighborhood was developed with special attention paid to quality of life issues. The main streets, Avondale and Stratford, were both very wide and were paved with oyster shell with cement curbs and gutters. All utility poles were located in alleys and easements behind the houses. Similarly, household refuse was to be placed to the rear of the buildings so as not to be visible from the street and alleyways, which allowed for the inner workings of the large houses of Avondale to occur out of public view.
The historic homes of Avondale are representative of the architectural styles that were in vogue in Houston and across the country during the time period. Styles represented within the neighborhood include Prairie, American Four Square, Craftsman, and Tudor Revival. Architects and builders who built homes in Avondale included Fred Marett, E. L. Crain, and most prominently, the Russell Brown Company of Dallas and Houston, which was responsible for more than a dozen of the homes designed and built during the time of Avondale’s initial development (1908-1925). The Russell Brown Company went on to build many homes in River Oaks and other affluent Houston neighborhoods.
Avondale attracted many of Houston’s brightest and most influential citizens of the time. The neighborhood was home to residents such as Ross Sterling, the founder of Humble Oil Company, who subsequently served as Governor of Texas from 1931-1932. Other notable residents included Albert L. Bath, manager of a cotton exporting firm, and his daughter Harriet, who was a founder and lifelong supporter of the Houston Ballet. Neal Pickett, mayor of Houston during World War II, lived in the two-story brick house at 217 Avondale. James House, who lived at 404 Avondale, was the son of prominent Houston banker T.W. House and the brother of Edward Mandell House, a confidant of President Woodrow Wilson. Abe and Esther Levy, who owned the Levy Dry Goods stores, resided at 309 Avondale. J. Robert Neal, Vice President of Cheek Neal Coffee Company, which later became Maxwell House Coffee, lived at 603 Avondale. George and Joe Meyer Jr., who worked for their father Joseph F. Meyer Sr., a partner in the Greater Houston Land and Improvement Company that developed Avondale, also lived in the neighborhood. George Meyer went on to develop the Meyerland subdivision in southwest Houston several decades later.
On November 9, 1999, the Houston City Council designated the eastern portion of Avondale as the Avondale East Historic District.
With the downtown Houston skyline as a picturesque background, Avondale is the heart of Montrose. Situated on the thoroughfares of Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road, one can find an abundance of shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Today, Avondale is proud to have two historic districts within its boundaries, Avondale East and Avondale West. The tree lined streets contribute to a neighborhood with a charming combination of old world and modern architecture that reflect the diversity of the area. It offers everything from quaint town homes to grandiose period homes. Avondale is filled with vibrant nightlife, eclectic eateries that offer a variety of world class cuisine and plenty of patio dining for people watching.
Avondale is the perfect place to call home. Our neighborhood is centrally located to all of the finest sports venues that Houston has to offer, as well as world class shopping at the Galleria Mall, Highland Village, and Rice Village. A short drive north, west or northwest will take you to some of the finest outlet mall shopping in Texas. Take a short journey south of the Southwest Freeway and you will encounter the Museum District, which is home to some of the nation’s best museums, the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park and the Miller Outdoor Pavilion. A short ride into downtown will allow you to kick back and relax at Discovery Green, which received the honor of being named America’s Coolest City Park by Travel + Leisure Magazine April 2011 or take in an evening of fine theatrical productions in the Theatre District.
For festival goers, Avondale can be called heaven. Some of the biggest festivals are located on lower Westheimer or in neighboring neighborhoods. In June, the PRIDE Houston Parade and Festival take place on Westheimer. You know it’s May, if you see an influx of Art Cars for the annual Art Car Parade, and October will provide you with a Mediterranean experience; as the Greek and Italian Festivals take place. Of course, Halloween in Avondale is always an experience as some of the most artistic and eclectic costumes are paraded up and down Pacific Street. This exhibition is often accompanied by the Halloween High Heel Drag Race, where contestants don high heels (no less than 2 inches) and race down the 800th block of Pacific Street to Crocker Street and back again. Two races are held, the first heat is high heels for anyone and the second heat is for high heels in full drag.
Most of the nightlife in Avondale is situated along Pacific St, Crocker, Fairview and Tuam. The neighborhood has a rich blend of gay and straight bars and clubs. They range from neighborhood watering holes and wine bars to dance and boutique clubs with patios to enjoy as the night heats up!
So whether you are visiting for a day or planning to relocate to the Avondale neighborhood, we welcome you to our neighborhood and trust that you will enjoy your time with us!