The Neal/Havens property in Houston’s River Oaks is an early 1930s landscape originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Neal family, owners of Maxwell House Coffee. This large urban estate had gone through a long period of decline when John and Terri Havens purchased the home in 2001 and began an extensive restoration of the home and four and one-half acres of gardens surrounding this French chateau designed by noted Texas architect John Staub. Utilizing a collection of over 200 original landscape drawings, sketches, and plans, Suzanne Turner Associates restored the missing portions of the gardens, installed features that were designed by the Olmsted firm but never completed, and updated the plan for an active twenty-first century family.
In the summer of 2013, the residence was featured in Architectural Digest. Click here to view the article.