Boulevard Oaks owes its existence to the creation of Rice University in 1912, which redirected the development of fashionable neighborhoods and cultural institutions to Houston’s South End. Founded in the 1920s, Boulevard Oaks is a collection of distinct neighborhoods adjacent to the Rice campus and what are now the Museum District and the Texas Medical Center. It is famous for the breathtaking canopies of oak trees that line its streets, and they have become the neighborhood’s iconic image.
Boulevard Oaks encompasses homes in Edgemont, West Edgemont, Ormond Place, West Ormond Place, Broadacres, Chevy Chase, and Vassar Place. Boundaries are the Southwest Freeway on the north, Morningside on the West, Bissonnet on the south, and Graustark / Parkway on the east. Also included are the 5300 blocks of Cherokee and Mandell, and the 1700 blocks of Albans, Wroxton, Bolsover and Rice Boulevard.
Broadacres is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated City of Houston Historic District. The 1600-1900 blocks of North and South Boulevards are also listed in the National Register and designated as a City of Houston Historic District. Historic homes reflect the architectural revival styles popular from 1920 to 1940 and were designed and built by prominent architects including John F. Staub, Birdsall P. Briscoe, and William Ward Watkin, the architect of the Rice campus plan.
Homes in Boulevard Oaks also include picturesque bungalows, California Ranch-style homes, and stunning, architecturally-significant Modern construction. Boulevard Oaks’ diverse housing and lifestyle options attract a pleasing mix of residents who are drawn to the area’s numerous cultural activities.
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