The T. J. Clay Addition is the quintessential obscure Houston neighborhood. Cut off from Houston Heights to the north by White Oak Bayou and from Washington Avenue to the south by the tracks of what was the Houston and Texas Central Railway, the Clay Addition was home to African American families for much of the twentieth century. This simple, two-story, white stucco house makes a place for itself in this setting, which feels rustic despite its proximity to downtown. Walled courtyards, unexpected views toward White Oak Bayou, and architectural artifacts from India give the modern house a sense of mystery that makes it seem at home here, although continuing upscale residential redevelopment is likely to change its relationship to its neighborhood setting. Nearby at 140 Heights Boulevard is the zany Art Car Museum (1998) by artist David Best.
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