Bayou Bend Collection
The affluent home of unfortunately named Ima Hogg, a respected Texas philanthropist, now houses the Bayou Bend Collection (1 Westcott St., 713/639-7750, www.mfah.org, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Tues.–Fri., closed at lunchtime, guided tours $10 adults, $8.50 seniors, $5 students 10–17). This spectacular 1928 home is one of Houston’s cultural treasures, and it’s filled with an impressive collection of nearly 5,000 antique objects showcasing American decorative arts from 1620–1870.
“Miss Hogg,” as she was known, also had a hand in the design of the opulent home and grounds, featuring lush gardens and distinctive decorations spanning from the colonial to antebellum eras.
Visitors are encouraged to call in advance to make tour reservations, and it should be noted that children under age 10 are not permitted in the home (apparently some old-fashioned customs are still retained along with the objects).
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition