Houston’s Blue Triangle Garden Club presents its 55th annual Christmas Tour of Homes Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 1 – 5 pm. Three stunning homes in the historic Riverside Terrace/MacGregor area of Houston are beautifully decorated by club members for public viewing. Garden Club President, Bola Patrick, said “Christmas is my favorite season and I look forward to the festive atmosphere our show brings to the community each year. Our tour has become a holiday tradition for many neighborhood families”. To add to the holiday feeling wassail and holiday cookies are served as guests depart each home. Traditional, glitz and contemporary themed Christmas décor will be shown in a selection of architecturally significant homes handpicked to create a festive Holiday showcase. The tour features complementary parking and vintage trolley cars to transport tour guests to each of the three homes. Park your car and hop the trolley at the R.F. Austin Professional Plaza, 4500 Old Spanish Trail at Blythewood. Tour tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased the day of the tour at each home or in advance via Pay Pal. For detailed ticket information visit us at www.bluetrianglegardenclub.org. A portion of the proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour benefit the Blue Triangle Multi-Cultural Center at 3005 McGowan Street.The tour’s setting is the beautiful MacGregor/Riverside Terrace area which is rated as one of Houston’s top 25 places to live. Riverside Terrace traces its roots to the 1930’s when it was developed by Houston’s most prominent Jewish families: the Weingartens, the Fingers, the Sakowitzs and the MacGregors. They and others called the naturally hilly enclave home and built stunning mansions overlooking Braes Bayou. In the early 1960’s, when part of the neighborhood was being dismantled by the construction to build Highway 288 and desegregation was shifting the demographics of the area to a predominantly African American neighborhood; The Blue Triangle Garden Club held its first Tour of Homes in December 1961.
Today, Riverside Terrace is again experiencing a development boom with new construction and remodels dotting just about every block. The neighborhood boasts a racially diverse mixture of residents in the near town grandeur of Braes Bayou – which sits east of 288 from Hermann Park, the Museum District and the Medical Center containing large homes in an array of architectural styles.
About The Blue Triangle Garden Club
The Blue Triangle Garden Club is a standard flower club of Houston, Texas founded in 1937 and is one of the oldest African American Garden Clubs in Texas. The organization’s objectives are to encourage civic beautification, stimulate interest in home gardening and support worthy community charities. The Christmas Home tour was begun as a fundraising event in 1961. For more information about the Blue Triangle Garden Club go to www.bluetrianglegardenclub.org.