Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour
To get a better look at all the homes on the tour, go to our slideshow.
Photo by Travis Hensley
George Henry Burnett came to the Heights after losing his family in the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. This past Friday and Saturday, people attending Deck the Heights, the 2011 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour, got a chance to see his house at 219 West 11th Street,
In all, six homes opened up for the tour. The Burnett House, now on the National Register of Historic Places, has been recently restored, but still maintains some of its original features including the shutters, heart-of-pine doors and leaded glass in the sitting room in the front. Burnett's grandson owns the home, which was decorated for the holiday season.
Next was an 1890s Queen Anne cottage, the Clark Home, at 801 Arlington. The main attraction was the wraparound porch, decorated in white lights. The inside features large ceilings that can handle a towering 12-foot Christmas tree.
The Heights tour also featured another Queen Anne Victorian home, this one dating to 1915. The Cummings Home, 301 East 10th Street, was recently restored by Bungalow Revival to transform this turn-of-the-century house into a modern-day home while preserving many of the house's original qualities, such as the restored hardware and original hardwood floors.
Fourth on the list was the two-story Gribble/Eaton Home at 1116 Allston. Set up to entertain with an amazing landscape, the custom home was decorated with white lights. The inside is filled with living plants encased in glass and antique furniture.
After that was the Kirksey/Tate Home, 1333 Arlington. Even with the naked mermaid in the bathroom for some balance, this home still screams Christmas. With bright red lights and plastic decorations that are the sensory equivalent of a bullhorn three inches from your ear, only much more enjoyable. This two-bedroom 1920s cottage is packed full with original artwork and vintage American antiques.
The final house in the tour was the much tamer Proto Home, 901 West 14th Street. This bungalow revival adds more than 900 square feet to bring this back to a livable home. The exterior of the home featured a large wraparound porch decorated with Christmas lights. Inside the home featured many restored and reclaimed items. The main feature of this house is the long hallway that spans almost the entire length of the home.