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In November of 1950, Robert W. Clemens, George Fasullo, and John E. Cashman filed documents with the county clerk's office establishing Meadowcreek Village. Graduates of Rice Institute, these developers saw the potential of the vacant land southeast of Houston, midway between downtown and the recreation areas of Galveston Bay. Time would prove them correct. Many of the initial residents of the neighborhood worked at nearby Ellington Air Force Base and enjoyed the convenience of being close to their work and to downtown shopping and entertainment. The opening of NASA's Manned Spaceflight Center near Clear Lake gave even more importance to the area as a prime residential enclave.

Aerial view looking northeast before development
Aerial veiw of neighborhood ca. 1950. You can see Berry Bayou near the center.
Photo courtesy Christ United Methodist Church

Meadowcreek Village was different than most subdivisions built during the 1950s and 1960s. Most new neighborhoods at the time offered a few standard house plans from which customers could choose. Meadowcreek Village was built by several builders working simultaneously. Different architects drew plans specifically for each customer. As a result, every home in the neighborhood is unique. Each one was designed to take the best advantage of its site and offer the most up-to-date amenities to its occupants. Some of the architects who designed homes here were either already prominent or later went on to achieve prominence in their field. Because of its many innovations, the neighborhood was featured in several home shows during its early years.


One of the many home shows that were hosted here. (Note the tea-length dress and gloves... it was a much more graceful era.)
Photo courtesy H. E. Brown

More than just a residential subdivision, Meadowcreek Village was one of Houston's first planned communities. Areas for a park, schools, churches, and shopping were all part of the original concept. It is a testament to the efforts of the developers, the designers, and the builders that the neighborhood has remained a pleasant place to live for more than 50 years - indeed a rarity in the Houston area.

 

   

    

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