Exhibition-Profile of a Houston Oil Family: Photographs from the Staiti/Reisner Family

March 16–July 2, 2016
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Free admission

Many well-known companies, such as Humble Oil, developed as a result of the early twentieth century oil boom, but many more independent men were also successfully bringing in gushers throughout Texas. One of those men was Henry Staiti. The Staiti family regularly took car trips together dressed in the fashions of the day to look at and photograph their oil fields. This extraordinary collection captures the lifestyle of a prosperous young Houston oil family making the most of this nascent industry. The types of photographs include sweeping panoramic shots and several black and white photos that have been hand colored. Beautiful photos of their extensive gardens and interior views of their home illustrate the lifestyle afforded to the Staitis as a result of Henry’s success in the burgeoning oil industry.

Current Exhibit

Westmoreland Addition


Thursday, May 19, 2016
12:00–1 p.m.
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston will present a talk about the Westmoreland addition, the original site of the Staiti House. The neighborhood is significant for its place in the development of Houston, between 1902 and 1943. At the time, its approach to community planning was innovative in Houston. The Westmoreland Addtion was home to Walter J. Fondren, Harris Masterson, Miss Florence M. Sterling and Lyndon Baines Johnson to name a few.

Walking Tour-
Westmoreland Addition
By Preservation Houston

Sunday, May 22, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Hawthorne @ Burlington
$10 general public,
$7 Preservation Houston & THS members

W.W. Baldwin developed Westmoreland Place in 1902 on what was then Houston's southwestern edge. The neighborhood was the city's first patterned after the "private place" neighborhoods of St. Louis: small, gated developments with central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built. Though times have changed, much of Westmoreland's early 20th century character remains, giving us a fascinating look at the residential architecture of the time. Several Westmoreland homes were built from books of house patterns, a design approach that may seem unusual to us now but was quite popular in its time. We'll discuss those homes and many more as we look at what remains a lovely, viable neighborhood after more than a century. Join us for a walking tour of historic Westmoreland addition conducted by Preservation Houston and learn about the fascinating buildings and people.

Please note that this is an exterior tour only. the tour will not go inside any buildings.
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SIP (See Interesting Places)
Cocktail Reception & Tour


Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30–8:00 p.m.
1956 MacKie & Kamrath in Pine Valley

Join us Thursday, May 19 at a 1956 MacKie & Kamrath designed building with jaunty angles, an interior courtyard and green stonework. Walk the halls of Houston's history and heroes in the National Register of Historic Places building in Pine Valley. Sip cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, get an inside look at some of Houston's interesting historic buildings and support The Heritage Society at the same time! Advanced reservations are required.
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