Houstonian Hotel Plans Grand Holiday Happenings

The Houstonian Hotel Merry Mansions Gingerbread Display

Opening on November 24 with hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, gumdrops and candies, the authentic display features intricately decorated masterpieces rising up to six feet above the Great Room Lobby’s stone fireplace.

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This holiday season, The Houstonian Hotel brings history to life with “Merry Mansions”, a gigantic gingerbread house display celebrating Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and the estates found along North Post Oak Lane, all decorated in splendid holiday fashion. Opening on November 24 with hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, gumdrops and candies, the authentic display features intricately decorated masterpieces rising up to six feet above the Great Room Lobby’s stone fireplace.

The exhibit pays tribute to noted architect John Staub, who designed the elegant Bayou Bend mansion for oil heiress Ima Hogg in 1927, and many estate homes for Houston’s elite neighborhoods of River Oaks and Broadacres in the 1920s to 1960s. He designed a handful of country houses where The Houstonian is located today on North Post Oak Lane, including the property’s own Manor House estate, built in 1941 for oilman Thomas Lawrence. The home of Ernest Bel Fay, now the Fay School, is also featured. “We want people to fondly remember the rich and fascinating history in this area of Houston,” said Hotel General Manager Steve Fronterhouse. “We have families tell us stories of living here, riding horses and playing along Buffalo Bayou. I’ve had guests at the Manor House who remember playing together as children in this area,” he said.

A “Merry Mansions Bus Tour” conducted by Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston will depart from The Houstonian and…

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