With the new Drake Homes community,The Villa s on Graustark, located in the heart of Montrose, I thought it would be interesting to find out how this area got its name.
Reviewing the articles on Wikipedia I learned this: Montrose is a primarily residential neighborhood located in the Neartown area of 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 one of the more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in Houston and is a major cultural hub. The article goes on to say “… was named one of the “ten great neighborhoods in America” in 2009.”
More…>The area of what is Montrose today 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.
Wikitravel also offers a page on the Montrose area with many suggestions for visitors to Do and See.