Historic Homes Revamped

Holding onto history: Houston preservationists love this unique neighborhood's revamped homes

When William Wilson began developing Woodland Heights in 1907 with the purchase of 136 acres, the subdivision included a house at 3008 Morrison St., which he touted as "one of the finest specimens of the true bungalow type" in the area.

Take a first-hand look this now award-winning property, along with seven other thoughtfully restored residences and buildings, during Preservation Houston's inaugural Good Brick Tour, which takes place noon to 4 p.m. on May 3 and 4.

Preservation Houston has presented more than 200 Good Brick awards during the past 35 years. This year, the organization selected 10 winners for excellence in every aspect of historic preservation, which includes as criteria renovation, restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use.

Preservation Houston officials plan to make the Good Brick Tour an annual event, primarily featuring each years' winners. 

Let's take our own preview of 3008 Morrison St.

The Meacham-Faraguna family originally purchased 3008 Morrison St. in 1910 and since, the house has seen several renovations, including an expansion of about 2,000 square feet in the 1970s.

The current homeowners purchased the residence in 1996 and strove to maintain its period charm during a 2003 kitchen renovation and 2009 addition to include a second story.

Pictured here is 3008 Morrison St. prior to that 2009 expansion.

Today, 3008 Morrison St. boasts a spacious, screened-in back porch with casual and comfortable seating. Tapered Craftsman posts hold up a double beam that supports the porch ceiling of exposed structural joists.

Accent pieces constructed from old appliance and gadget parts add a bit of whimsy to the room, also used as a family gathering space. The period door incorporates First Colonial Revival hardware.

A diamond motif so popular in Arts & Crafts houses is repeated in the upper porch window's sashes, inspired by the original attic lights the current homeowners reproduced in the new second-story windows.

The front rooms have changed little since the home was built. Arts & Crafts-style paneling, crown molding and exposed beams set the stage for a step back into time with updated appeal.

To the left of the entry room, the living room centers around the original fireplace with a new art tile surround. Just beyond the living room is the dining room, with a built-in buffet with original glazed doors, bevel mirror and cupboard hardware.

Prior to the 2009 remodel, the kitchen was without proper storage space and basically, was nonfunctional as a cooking hub.

Today, the kitchen floor plan is open, new cabinets hide dinnerware, modern appliances make preparing meals a cinch and the island is replaced with a breakfast table.

The upstairs addition, or science lab as the owners refer to it, creates expansive space for office work and school projects with overhead track lighting and natural light pouring in off a back balcony.

Prior to the 2009 addition, this is what the back of the house looked like.

Today, the backyard deck extends family living to the out of doors. Bench seating under trellising and separate barbecue area with chopping and prep block overlook the green space behind the house.

Newberry Camp Architects' final front elevation rendering for 3008 Morrison St.

The home's latest additions maintain the footprint with architectural details that reflect those of the original house. The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath residence now offers 3,000 square feet.

This location on the Good Bricks Tour is sponsored by Heritage Texas Properties. Penny Jones and Bill Stubbs are chairing the entire event. Jane-Page Crump is this year's president of Preservation Houston.

For information on the other Good Brick structures on tour and tickets, visit the Preservation Houston website.