Marker Details

Gribble-Hofheinz House

811 Bayridge Road

Morgan's Point , 77571

THC Atlas text error, date (8141-1841) after Adelaide's name transposed (8141 is 1841); correct on marker; due to landscaping on lot, house cannot be seen from marker location
Directions: Hwy 146, East on West Barbours Cut Road, becomes East Barbours Cut, right on S. Maple, right on Bayridge; Marker is outside the white board fence, left (facing) of the driveway

Key Time Period: 1893 - 1919 City Beautiful - WW I

Corretions/New Research:

Marker Text:
Constructed in 1896 as the summer home of prominent Houston businessman Risdon D. Gribble (1836-1907) and his wife Adelaide (1841-1926), this house was oriented toward the water to take advantage of bay breezes. Flamboyant Houston businessman and politician Roy M. Hofheinz (1912-1982) bought the house from the Gribbles' descendants in 1950. Judge Hofheinz, developer of the Astrodome and part owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, decorated rooms in a circus theme and named it "Huckster House." It remained in his family until 1987. Incise in border at base: Renovated in 1987 by Charles O. and Valerie A. Buckner (1994)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)

Key Map Information: 541 W

GPS Coordinates: 29 39.668, 94 59.566

Precinct No: 2

Marker No: 10683