Tour an Old World–Inspired Manse in Houston

A brick walkway in a herringbone pattern runs through a lush swath of impossibly green lawn, providing an appropriately stately introduction to this Houston home.


Located on one of the most prestigious streets in the city’s Broadacres Historic District, it was designed by Sam H. Dixon Jr. and A. B. Ellis for A. A. Cameron and his then-wife, actress June Knight.


E. H. Borden built the home in 1939, and a more recent renovation imparted abundant French Renaissance finesse. Today, the four-bedroom residence is recognized an area masterpiece, a fine example of the ways in which decorative opulence and superior modern living can coalesce.


A noble, regal air pervades nearly every space, from the kitchen and sunroom to the master suite. The attention to detail is immediately apparent at the entry, with its elegant custom glass and iron doors and gracefully curving stairway with a decorative iron balustrade. Walls are Venetian plaster, and floors boast decorative stenciling, antique French limestone, and Versailles parquetry of vintage oak.


Anchoring the main living room is a carved 19th-century Louis XV fireplace surround. When drawn, gown-like hand-embroidered satin draperies hung from gilt rods with custom floral finials allow French doors to admit a gloriously gentle natural light.


A chic French country ambience fills the kitchen, with its accented farmhouse apron sink; superior-caliber appliances, discretely fitted; white quartzite countertops; oversized pewter-topped island; reclaimed ceiling beams; and Old World embellishments and hand-painted detail.

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A cheerful sunroom embraced by glass features rustic ceiling beams and colorful floor tile.

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Other highlights include an elaborately accented formal dining room with a bay window, a family room with an array of built-in shelves and cabinets, a butler’s pantry, a wet bar with mirrored glass shelving, and refrigerated wine closets hidden behind decorative glass and iron doors.


Each spacious, calming bedroom is accompanied by an opulent bath with ornate appointments. In the master suite, a marble-clad bath and dressing areas boast Sherle Wagner fixtures and other finery from Segreto Finishes.

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Outdoors, a covered patio area with wood-burning fireplace and an arbor laced with mature vines give way to an open-air patio and, steps beyond, a Roman swimming pool and a two-bedroom pool and guest house.


Enveloping it all in restful richness are colorful gardens and more of that flourishing verdant lawn.


$7,100,000 | 1500 North Blvd, Houston, TX 77006