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Visting Bayou Bend in Houston, Texas

Bayou Bend

One can get away from what some may consider the urban jungle of Houston to find a tranquil and beautiful oasis just a few minutes away.  The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens was once a grand family estate of Ima Hogg from 1882 until 1975. The estate is now part of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and still houses some of the Hogg families collection of American furnishings, art, and decor representing the Colonial period to the late 19th Century. There are a total of 28 rooms in the Estate and touring the Estate is well worth your time.

In addition, you can enjoying the 14-acres of exceptionally maintained gardens and take time to explore the gift shop as you cross back over the Bayou to the parking area. A visit that I enjoyed for part of a day in Houston.

Bayou Bend Suspension Bridge

This Bayou Bend Suspension Bridge has went through a complete renovation and overlooks the Bayou. This bridge provides a scenic entry from Memorial Park to the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. The unusual wooden suspension bridge, designed by engineer Walter P. Moore, is owned and maintained by The City of Houston.

The Massachusetts Room

In the Massachusetts room, all the furnishings in this exceptionally decorated room are from (of course) Massachusetts.

Foyer and Grand Staircase

You can also learn about the Varner-Hogg Plantation and find out about the connection between the two properties by reading my post- A Visit to the Varner-Hogg Plantation during a recent visit to Houston.


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