Houston Park Receives Protected Landmark Designation
Houston City Council votes unanimously to approve joint application for
Houston's oldest public park.
Houston, Texas, February 7, 2007 - Sam Houston Park, Houston's first and
oldest municipal park, received special designation as a Protected
Landmark at today's meeting of the Houston City Council. The
application, made jointly by City of Houston Parks and Recreation
Department and The Heritage Society, highlighted Sam Houston Park's
historical significance to the city and emphasized the need for
preservation safeguards imposed by the Protected Landmark designation.
Founded in 1899, Sam Houston Park has served as the site of one of
Houston's first public schools as well as the city's first zoo. Today,
the Park is home to Houston's first and only outdoor museum, The
Heritage Society. Comprised of 9 historic structures and a museum
gallery, The Heritage Society maintains another Protected Landmark - the
1847 Kellum-Noble House. Listed on the National Register of Historic
Places, the Kellum-Noble House is Houston's oldest standing brick
structure on its original foundation and is located on the south-most
portion of Sam Houston Park. Maintained by City of Houston Parks and
Recreation Department, Sam Houston Park remains an important present-day
reminder of Houston's rich and complex history.