Best Kept Secrets

May 19, 2011

Arne's Warehouse - Houston's Best Kept Secrets

Arne's Warehouse - party suppliesCalling itself the largest party store in Texas, Arne's Warehouse is a party store on steroids. This two-story warehouse is located just west of downtown, along the old railroad tracks. Arne's Warehouse was selling from a warehouse to the public ten years before Sam Walton dreamed up the ...

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May 5, 2011

The Clayton Library – A Best Kept Secret

Clayton house, designed by Birdsall Briscoe, houses the genealogical collection of the Houston Public Library SystemThis beautifully-restored, red-brick, Georgian home is another of Houston’s Best Kept Secrets – the Clayton Library of the Houston Public Library system (www.houstonlibrary.org/clayton).  Clayton House was built in 1917 and designed by noted Houston architect Birdsall P. Briscoe.  The Clayton Library complex houses the Center ...

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April 27, 2011

Julia Ideson Library - Houston's Best Kept Secrets

Julia Ideson LibraryWhen it was first constructed in 1926, the Julia Ideson Library was intended as the centerpiece of a five-building civic center in Downtown Houston.  But then came the Crash and the Great Depression, and those other public buildings were never built.  Today, this Spanish Renaissance building is hemmed ...

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March 7, 2011

The Houston Arboretum - One of Houston's Best Kept Secret

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is one of Houston's Best Kept SecretsWith 155 wooded acres and over five miles of trails, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is one of Houston’s Best Kept Secrets.  Once inside the woods, you could be miles from the hustle and bustle of city life.  It is hard to believe that this quiet ...

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March 7, 2011

Children’s Museum Wins Award

Childrens Musem of HoustonThe Children’s Museum of Houston has always been a favorite of mine.  It is a must-see visit whenever we have visiting munchkins in town. Truth to tell, it is as entertaining to the big kids (like me!) as it is to little ones.

I remember well the weekend this ...

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May 1, 2010

Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Sargent and the Sea

Sargent and the SeaThis week, it was my privilege to see one of the most fascinating art exhibits I have ever experienced.  The show was called Sargent and the Sea, and it was tucked away in the basement of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org).

Their collection of John ...

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