Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Houston

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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, located in the River Oaks community in Houston, Texas, United States, is a 14acre facility of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) that houses a collection of decorative art, paintings and furniture. Bayou Bend is the former home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg. Bayou Bend was marked with a Texas Historical Commission marker in 1973 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.Mansion and gardensThe mansion, designed by architect John F. Staub, was built between 1927 and 1928 for Ima Hogg and her brothers, William C. and Michael Hogg. Covered in towering trees and thick undergrowth, the home site was, in Miss Hogg's words, "nothing but a dense thicket". The home was one of the first to be located in the River Oaks neighborhood developed by the Hogg brothers. During construction, Ima Hogg insisted that as many trees as possible be kept. Only one tree was sacrificed to make room for the house, and the gardens were created around the existing trees. Ima Hogg gave the home its name, over the objection of her brother Will, who said the name was "too muddy and 'muskeetery' and malarial". Ima responded that "not everyone can have a bayou".
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  • Lovely home donated by the Hogg family with beautiful art work and furniture and tours hosted by knowledgeable guides. We were shocked at the quality and the names of the major artists of the works in...  more »
  • A great place to revisit a portion of Houston’s history. A wonderful garden to stroll. They put tighter quite a show during the holidays. A MUST.  more »
  • Bayou Bend is a beautiful place with incredible gardens - it is reminiscent of Winterthur. The house is fabulous and there is nothing else like it in Texas. The gardens are wonderful but sustained dam...  more »
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  • A museum inside the great home of the Hogg family. Each room has significant furniture and collector grade pieces from different eras. There are some original floor planks in two of the rooms that are 18" wide. The gardens are filled with azaleas, magnolias and camellias. They're very pretty in bloom.
  • This place is amazing!!! Stunning everywhere!! The house is very well kept. The gardens are beautiful and soothing. If you're thinking about going here don't think twice, just go!
  • We love this oasis, museum and fantasy garden. Filled with many species of azaleas, camillias, bulb flowers, ferns and trees. The house and history are also worth learning about. Take the family and a tripod after a picnic in Memorial Park!
  • This a very nice and pleasant park. Naturally, I would enjoy visiting a place like this. Unfortunately I had broken my leg several days prior to my visit here and I had to use a wheel chair and started to really appreciate wheel chair friendly places. Unfortunately, this is not one of those places - hard to pass trails, a lot of places with several stairs and not a single ramp. The house has two stories and there is a lift to the 2nd floor but it only for staff use! In short, it's a great place but they have a lot to improve in the accessibility department.
  • Great experience! Found 4 4 leaf clovers while here! Great place for kids to run in garden and have fun
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