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Hare and Hare Records

Identifier: RG D 0026

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains tracings, linens, and blueprints of Hare & Hare, a city planning and landscape architectural firm. Hare and Hare worked with Houston's Parks Department and City Planning Department, which resulted in this collection containing plans for most of the city's parks, including Memorial Park and Hermann Park. Plans for several civic projects including the proposed 1928 Civic Center and plans for the improvements along Buffalo Bayou from 1914-1949. The collection reflects the firm's work in school landscaping, including plans for the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and various public schools in the Houston area. Among the landscaping plans for private residences are some notable Houston homes including R. S. Sterling residence and Ima Hogg residence, now Bayou Bend.


  • 1920-1950

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Any material relating to private development and private property may be used only with the written agreement of Hare and Hare or written permission from the private party in question.

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Hare and Hare Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

The firm of Hare and Hare, landscape architects and city planners based in Kansas City, MO, was comprised of father and son team, Sid J. Hare and S. Herbert Hare. Formed in 1908, the firm was known for significant projects in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Fort Worth. In Houston, Hare and Hare was responsible for all park planning from 1923-1960. Hare and Hare executed landscaping plans for notable Houston residences and plat plans for several subdivisions.


6.75 Linear Feet (7 boxes and drawings)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into ten series. 1. Businesses 2. Parks 3. Private Residences 4. Public Buildings 5. Schools 6. Subdivisions 7. City Projects 8. Fort Worth, Texas 9. Drawings 10. Photographs

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Anderson, April 22, 1980; updated by Jennifer Sessa, March 2014.

Hare and Hare Records
Inventory prepared by Linda Anderson; updated by Jennifer Sessa, March 2014
April 22, 1980
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002