Woodland Heights

Important Features of Historic Buildings

This Historic District Profile was developed to help property owners. It explains the typical features of buildings found in Woodland Heights. This can be helpful when you are planning a project that would change your home’s exterior.

Most homes in the Woodland Heights Historic District feature plenty of large windows. In conjunction with transoms above doors, these windows allow air to circulate. That helped keep houses cool in the years before air conditioning was common. Many homes in the District feature similar architectural details. These include decorated gables, textured shingles or siding, bay windows, and turned or tapered porch supports. Most homes are built on pier-and-beam foundations.

Historic District designations are used to maintain the character of a neighborhood. Once an Historic District is created, certain rules apply to the entire neighborhood. These rules require that changes to properties in the District must be appropriate. In other words, the historic character of the property must stay the same.

Exterior changes must be approved in advance. The Planning Department can help with this process. If the project is approved, the property owner receives a Certificate of Appropriateness. In many Houston neighborhoods, deed restrictions require that the neighborhood civic association also approve changes to a property. The civic association’s regulations and standards may differ from those of the City. The information shown here refers only to City requirements. Property owners should check with their neighborhood association before beginning any project.

When planning a building project within the Woodland Heights Historic District, please refer to this chart. It shows which building elements are compatible and which are not. Definitions of common architectural terms can be found in the glossary.

Compatible Incompatible
  • Raised pier and beam
  • Slab on grade
Front Porch
  • Front porch
  • At least 50% of building width (usually full-width)
  • At least 6 feet deep May wrap around house
  • Turned porch supports (Queen Anne)
  • Squared/tapered porch supports (Craftsman)
  • Brick porch support bases (Craftsman)
  • No porch or small porch
  • Fluted classical columns
  • Ionic or Corinthian capitals
  • Gable, hip, or hybrid roof shapes
  • Low pitch
  • Gable ornamentation
  • Wide boxed eave overhang or open eave overhang with exposed rafter tails
  • Dormers
  • Composition shingles
  • Shed, flat, gambrel or mansard roof shapes
  • Steep pitch
  • Dentils or classical eave moldings
  • Cupolas or towers
  • Slate or tile roof
Exterior Wall Cladding
  • Horizontal lapped, bevel, or drop wood siding
  • Standard modular brick masonry
  • Patterned or plain rectilinear wood shingles
  • Vertical siding; corrugated metal
  • stucco
  • flat modular panels
  • half-timbering or patterned stick work
  • non-standard brick masonry
Front Door
  • Single door that faces street (door may face side on less than full-width front porches)
  • Recessed panels
  • Glass lights
  • Sidelights
  • Rectilinear transom, often with a patterned pane
  • Single door that faces side property line
  • Double doors
  • Round fanlights
  • Pediments
  • Masonry arches
  • Pilasters
  • Large, vertically proportioned
  • Double-hung, single-hung, or casement
  • Wood or wood clad
  • May have group (ribbon) of two or three windows in a row
  • Patterned upper panes
  • Horizontally proportioned
  • Aluminum
  • Pediments above windows
  • Masonry arches
  • Large plate glass
  • Fanlights
  • Fixed windows