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Riverside Terrace is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, United States. The neighborhood is bounded by Almeda, North MacGregor, Scott, and Wheeler.[1]



Jewish families moved to Riverside Terrace in the 1930s since they were not allowed to settle in River Oaks.[2] Allison Wollam of the Houston Business Journal stated that, at one point, Riverside Terrace "was once on the same affluent level as the swanky River Oaks area." During that period the neighborhood hosted the houses of the prominent Weingarten, Finger, and McGregor families.[1]

In the 1950s a wealthy African-American cattleman named Jack Caesar moved to the neighborhood. He stayed despite the fact that a bomb detonated on his front porch.[2] In 1959 Texas State Highway 288 was widened, destroying several Riverside Terrace houses, including Caesar's.[3] Many White families left Riverside Terrace and settled in suburbs.[2][3] In the late 1960s some Whites who wanted the neighborhood to stabilize as an integrated neighborhood posted signs stating "This Is Our Home It Is Not For Sale." Societal pressure and pressure from real estate agents who wanted to sell expensive homes to Black families pressed upon the remaining White and Jewish homeowners.[2][3] Wealthy African-American doctors, lawyers, politicians, and university professors moved into Riverside Terrace. As time progressed foreclosure and neglect lead to neglect of several mansions.[3] Jon Schwartz, creator of the 1985 documentary This Is Our Home It Is Not For Sale, a film documenting Riverside Terrace, states that the neighborhood stabilized after 1970.[2] Riverside Terrace house sales did not follow the general housing slump in the United States of the late 2000s.[1] The late 2000s has also seen gay couples and families moving into Riverside Terrace to improve formerly derelict mansions, though many houses remained neglected and abandoned.[3]


Riverside Terrace is bounded by Scott Street, North MacGregor, Almeda Road, and Wheeler Street. Many styles of houses in Riverside Terrace include those developed by John Chase, John Staub, and Frank Lloyd Wright.[1] Many houses use the Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern architectural styles.[3]

Government and infrastructure

Quentin Mease Community Hospital

In the 1991 Mayor of Houston election most Riverside Terrace voters voted for Sylvester Turner; the voter turnout for Riverside Terrace was almost 50 percent.[4][5]

City Council District D covers Riverside Terrace. As of 2008 Wanda Adams represents the district.[6]

Harris County Hospital District operates the Quentin Mease Community Hospital within Riverside Terrace.[1]



Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Lockhart Elementary School

The neighborhood is zoned to schools in the Houston Independent School District.[2] The community is within Trustee District IV, represented by Paula M. Harris as of 2009.[7][1]

Zoned elementary schools serving portions of Riverside Terrace include Lockhart in Riverside Terrace and MacGregor outside of Riverside Terrace.[8][9] All area residents are zoned to Ryan Middle School.[10][11] Most residents are zoned to Yates High School in the Third Ward,[12] while some are zoned to Lamar High School in Upper Kirby. [13][14]

Turner, a school which was in Riverside Terrace, closed in 2009 and was consolidated into Lockhart. By Spring 2011 a new campus will be built on the Lockhart site.[15]

Private schools

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Houston operates area Roman Catholic private schools. St. Mary of the Purification School (Kindergarten through grade 5) and St. Peter the Apostle Middle School (grades 6 through 8), are in the area.[16][17].

St. Mary, located in the Riverside Terrace area, opened in a temporary building on September 8, 1930. The building was blessed on October 27. The Sisters of Dominic operated the school until it closed in 1967. The school reopened in 1980 as a Montessori school.[16]

Public libraries

Smith Branch Library

The Third Ward is served by the Houston Public Library Smith Neighborhood Library at 3624 Scott Street.[18]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wollam, Allison. "Riverside Terrace bucks housing slowdown." Houston Business Journal. August 15, 2008. Retrieved on April 18, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Feser, Katherine. "Much history flows through Riverside." Houston Chronicle. July 9, 2002. Retrieved on April 18, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Schilcutt, Katharine. "Houston 101: The Forgotten Mansions of Riverside Terrace." Houston Press. Friday August 28, 2009. Retrieved on September 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Rodriguez, Lori. "Saying goodbye, with no regrets." Houston Chronicle. Saturday November 9, 1991. A31.
  5. ^ Bernstein, Alan and Jim Simmon. "Black vote went solidly for Turner/Whitmire failed to produce split." Houston Chronicle. Thursday November 7, 1991. A21.
  6. ^ "COUNCIL DISTRICT MAPS > DISTRICT D." City of Houston.
  7. ^ "Trustee Districts Map." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
  8. ^ "Lockhart Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 18, 2009.
  9. ^ "MacGregor Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 18, 2009.
  10. ^ "Ryan Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  11. ^ "Third Ward Urban Redevelopment Plan." City of Houston. April 2005. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  12. ^ "Yates High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  13. ^ "Lamar High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  14. ^ "Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone - 19." Upper Kirby. Retrieved on December 10, 2008].
  15. ^ "Board Approves School Closings and Consolidations." Houston Independent School District. November 14, 2008.
  16. ^ a b "About St. Mary's Montessori School." St. Mary of the Purification School. Retrieved on April 14, 2009.
  17. ^ "St. Peter the Apostle Middle School." Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Houston. Retrieved on April 14, 2009.
  18. ^ "Smith Neighborhood Library." Houston Public Library. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.

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