Houston City Council to host public hearing Jan. 26 on proposed Brunner-Harmonium Historic District near Rice Military

The Houston City Council will consider approving a proposed historical district near Rice Military following a public hearing slated for 9 a.m. Jan. 26. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Houston City Council will consider approving a proposed historical district near Rice Military following a public hearing slated for 9 a.m. Jan. 26. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Houston City Council will consider approving a proposed historical district near Rice Military following a public hearing slated for 9 a.m. Jan. 26. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Houston City Council will consider approving a proposed historical district near Rice Military following a public hearing slated for 9 a.m. Jan. 26.

The process of creating the Brunner-Harmonium Historic District has been playing out since 2020, when property owners petitioned for its creation.


However, plans hit a snag when the owner of one of the properties objected to its inclusion in the district. The house was ultimately removed from the proposed district when it went before the city's Quality of Life Committee in July over the objections of the district's supporters, who said leaving the house out reduces the beauty of the district.

The district up for consideration tomorrow covers six structures on eight properties, mainly along Blossom Street, in an area that was founded in the late 1800s as the community of Brunner. The houses were built between 1911 and 1915 and include Folk Victorian, Queen Anne and early 20th century vernacular styles.

The majority of the homes are owned by Houston-based artist Salle Werner Vaughn, who has turned them into an art installation called "Harmonium."