Montrose is Houston’s longtime home to a large portion of its LGBT community. In sprawling, anonymous Houston, Montrose is intimate, historic, and defiantly eclectic. Montrose has been called the “Heart of Houston”.

Montrose is a primarily residential neighborhood located in Houston, Texas, USA. Established in 1911, the neighborhood is a demographically diverse area with renovated mansions, bungalows with wide porches, and cottages located along tree-lined boulevards. Montrose is a major cultural hub.

Sitting in the center of it all, between downtown’s gleaming towers and River Oaks’ leafy lanes, it was one of the city’s first grand neighborhoods, and today its tree-lined streets are a jumble of twenties mansions, modernist townhouses, and industrial warehouses.

Montrose was originally envisioned as a planned community and streetcar suburb dating back to the early 20th century before the development of River Oaks. Developer J. W. Link and his Houston Land Corporation envisioned a “great residential addition” according to the neighborhood’s original sales brochure. Link’s planning details for the area included four wide boulevards with the best curbing and extensive landscaping. Link built his own home in Montrose, known as the Link-Lee Mansion, which is now part of the University of St. Thomas campus. A streetcar, the Montrose Line, ran through the neighborhood. Link wrote: “Houston has to grow. Montrose is going to lead the procession.” It did, and the procession eventually continued far beyond the neighborhood. Montrose was first platted in 1911. The Bohemian flavor of the Montrose would spawn both the Westheimer Colony Art Festival in 1971 and the subsequent street fair in 1973, which would become known as the Westheimer Street Festival.

As of February 2009, The Montrose was home to five of the twelve designated Historic Districts in the city of Houston. These are Audubon Place, Avondale East, Avondale West, Courtland Place, and Westmoreland. It has one of the world’s great museums (the Menil Collection), an important center for spirituality and art (the Rothko Chapel), and Houston’s most elegant restaurant (Da Marco).

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