The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001 Page: 194
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Cover: Bayou Bend, North Facade, by E. M. ("Buck") Schiwetz, 1967. Litho-
graph of charcoal drawing, 8 x 1 o inches. Courtesy of the Archives, the Mu-
seum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Patricia Nelson.
Built in 1926 to promote the sale of lots in the Homewoods section of
Houston's River Oaks subdivision, Bayou Bend today is listed in the Na-
tional Register of Historic Places. This handsome drawing was made by
the well-known Texas artist Buck Schiwetz (1898-1984), who briefly
lived in Houston, where he was employed by the River Oaks Corpora-
tion from 1928 to 1929 to sketch advertisements. Many of these were
published in a local magazine called The Houston Gargoyle. This drawing
was presented to the Friends of Bayou Bend in 1967 on the fortieth an-
niversary of the building of the house.
Bayou Bend was the home and estate of Miss Ima Hogg. It was also the
home of Miss Hogg's brothers, Will and Mike Hogg, two of the three de-
velopers of the River Oaks subdivision, and was designed by one of
Houston's most prolific twentieth-century architects,John F. Staub. Bayou
Bend has pale pink stucco walls ornamented by a raised seam copper
roof and pale green sashes and blinds. "Miss Ima," as she was called, stated
in a 1974 interview, "I'd made up my mind that there was a certain type
of house that belonged in this climate and I got some ideas from New
Orleans, because I thought that'd look pretty here. And then also I re-
membered Greece where they have brilliant sunlight [they] use pale
pink. All the Greek architecture, you know, was ... pale pink." Although
Staub is credited with being the architect for Bayou Bend, Miss Hogg
was allowed to play a leading role in the planning of the house. She
drew the outline for the first-floor plans herself that included her private
living quarters and the formal living rooms of the house. Will and Mike
resided upstairs in their own private bachelor apartment. Because of the
careful planning and development by Will and Mike Hogg and their
friend and partner Hugh Potter, River Oaks remains one of the best-
known, and most exclusive, Texas residential neighborhoods.
Miss Hogg, an avid collector of American decorative arts, decided in
1956 to donate her home and its collection to the Museum of Fine Arts,
Houston. The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is now open to the
public by appointment.
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