East Montrose Home Tour and Art Walk

The East Montrose biennial Home Tour and Art Walk will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Situated in the shadow of downtown Houston, and bordered by Montrose Boulevard, West Gray, Genesee, and Fairview, East Montrose was platted in the early 1900's - back in the days when Houston's population numbered fewer than 300,000, and when a streetcar ran down what is now Fairview.

Many original homes and cottages - some dating to the 1890’s, and modern glass and steel residences built in the last decade, combine in the eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary style, which is the hallmark of East Montrose.

During the mid-20th Century, artists and other free thinking individuals flocked to East Montrose. In the 1970’s, “health food” was an attractive new concept, and the Houston Food Co-op opened a storefront here where members stocked up on granola and bean sprouts. The co-op boasted the first Birkenstock franchise in Houston. Across the street and a decade earlier, a corner house was home to the First Pagan Church of Houston.

In recent years, East Montrose has become home to empty nesters, urban professionals, and young families, all drawn to the neighborhood's living mosaic of diversity, its proximity to downtown, restaurants, theaters, and galleries, and its century-old trees, walkability and friendly neighbors.

A diverse mix of old and new homes are showcased on the tour, for more information at www.eastmontrose.org

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