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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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  • The gardens are nice but really enjoyed the inside collections. Lots of stuff inside and the tour guide was very good.  more »
  • We reserved a 90 minute guided tour of the house. We were met by a lovely docent, she was very knowledgeable about the history of the house and the Hoggs family. Each room was decorated in the time pe...  more »
  • The house at Bayou Bend in Houston includes an unbelievably vast collection of art, furniture, china and other miscellaneous artifacts, all beautiful. The tour of the many rooms in the house is intere...  more »
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  • The best time to go is mid March when the azaleas bloom. The rest of the year is more green than flowery, but I never regret going. Whenever I come here, I just fantasize bout being able to live there with such an amazing garden as my back yard. The lawn is beautiful from the house, and several of the trees are amazingly enormous and stately. The house tour isn't really worth the money, but you could do it once just to say you did.
  • Bayou Bend is a great place to take family and friends when they're in Houston. The tour of the house is worth the nominal donation/fee. The best time to visit Bayou Bend is March, when the azaleas are in bloom.
  • The fantastic 1.5 hour "study tour" really allows you to get up close with the history, significance and importance of bygone cultures. During the tour you will be encouraged to ask about the furniture, home architecture, art and garden details that most interest you. You get a glimpse of life in Houston during its early years and a taste for American industrialization, Southern formality and Texas frontier lifestyle.
  • Wonderful place to walk and enjoy the beautiful bridge and gardens. Take the tour and spend time walking the gardens Must do when it is cool!
  • Took my father while he was sick and he absolutely loved it. Amazing acres of open field and I love it

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