The magnificent muted pink mansion in the marshy elbow of
Buffalo Bayou in Houston's River Oaks area was the home of Miss Ima
Hogg, a woman much loved in the community until her death in 1975,
at the age of 93. Miss Hogg and her two brothers bought the
woodlands estate in 1925 and for two years, before work on the
mansion began, Miss Hogg worked on starting the gardens. Miss Hogg
left her home and the gracious gardens that surround it as a legacy
for the city. The house contains a remarkable collection of
Americana dating from 1620 to 1870 and is regarded as a cultural
treasure, with several thousand objects displayed in 28 period room
settings in the mansion. Miss Hogg designed the gardens as outdoor
living rooms, fed by bayou waters, and today they continue to
provide a peaceful oasis in the heart of the metropolis planted
with indigenous species as well as exotics like azaleas, camellias
and magnolias. Dedicated teams work on the gardens these days to
preserve and enhance them,
Address: 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street
Telephone: (713) 639 7750
Opening Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday 1pm to 5pm.
Closed on Mondays. Guided tours of the house are available Tuesdays
to Thursdays, 10am to 11:30am and 1pm to 2:45pm, and Friday to
Saturday, 10am to 11:15am
Admission: $10 (adults). Admission to the gardens is $3 (adults).
Other concessions are available.