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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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  • Bayou Bend, the home and gardens of philanthropist Ima Hogg, is a lovely mini-outing in Houston. The gardens are very lush, tranquil, and walkable. The house is filled with early American antiques. Th...  more »
  • A nice quick guided tour is available. The house furnishings are very nice -- mostly antique American made items. The gardens were quite beautiful. This is not on the scale of the massive Guilded Age ...  more »
  • Great collection of historical furniture and art, a must see place with awesome gardens and short walk trails.  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.
  • 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
  • It used to be a beautiful garden. It looks like the people are not taking good care of it, the front of the house used to be green and covered with grass. Not anymore, lots of green not many flowers any more and entry went up