celebrating Hermann Park - book signing event May 8

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Houston's largest green space, Hermann Park! The park conservancy commissioned a book to celebrate the urban park, and author Barrie Scardino Bradley, a Houston historian, will join us at the studio May 8 to visit with guests and sign copies of the book. A special message from the author inscribed in the book would make this a terrific gift for any Houstonian or history buff - and perfect for Mother's Day on May 11! 

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By 1910, Houstonians were aware that our city lacked an urban park. Almost every major American city had a park patterned after New York's Central Park, but not Houston. A "City Beautiful" movement began, and in May 1914, George Hermann announced his donation of 285 acres to the City of Houston for a public park. 

The book is full of beautiful period photographs, showing the park's development, and over the last twenty years, it's rejuvenation. How many of you have walked through this gorgeous space, maybe taken a ride on the zoo train, caught a performance on the hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre? And have you checked out the yummy Pinewood Cafe overlooking the lake? 

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We can't wait to hear more from Ms. Bradley and we love looking through the heavy book and learning more about our city. 

Fun fact - Renovate's founder Cathy got engaged in Hermann Park in 1981! Her husband proposed while they were on a picnic. (Pictured below celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2012.)

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Join Us at the studio May 8 to support Hermann Park!