First Montrose Commons – Houston’s 16th Historic District

On June 9, 2010, Houston City Council approved First Montrose Commons as the city’s 16th Historic District.  First Montrose Commons is bounded by Richmond Ave. to the south, Roseland to the west, West Alabama Street to the north, and Southwest Freeway Spur 527 to the east.  First Montrose Commons joins existing adjacent Historic Districts like Westmoreland and Audubon Place.  The majority of homes in the district are early 20th century Craftsman style, one and two story single family residences.  As is in most of Houston’s Historic Districts, First Montrose Commons has its share of non-contributing structures – most notably High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop. 

The city provides design assistance to historic districts in the form of design guides, but no design style is enforceable.  The current Historic Preservation Ordinance has no power to protect the existing structures within the historic district.

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