Tour tells of history of Second Ward area
By Danny Perez
The historic Frost Town site is a significant element within the James Bute Park. We host historic site tours for the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and the Rice Design Alliance. We continue to expand our fundraising and active pursuit of additional property to conserve as park. AEA also is in a legal process in District Court 129 to resolve title issues on 10,000 square feet of critical Frost Town property.
At the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000, Art and Environmental Architecture raised $62,000 in contributions for the acquisition of remaining private lots in the Frost Town Addition, to expand the park as a historic site. Additional cash funds are still being raised to secure remaining non-government owned sites that are part of the original Frost Town Addition.
In early 2000, AEA began working in partnership with the Second Ward Association as part of the Mayor Lee Brown's agenda for neighborhood-oriented government. The Second Ward area has been named a Super Neighborhood by the Mayor's office. With the City of Houston's Director of Public Works and Engineering, Jerry King, AEA became part of a public Capital Investment Project (CIP) in conjunction with the Building Services Department. Several million dollars will be spent on embellishments to city-owned rights-of-way at the Frost Town Historic Site, and these will include Frost Town.