Neighborhood History

In 1948, the Houston city limits stopped at the railroad tracks. The Highland Village neighborhood and shopping center had just been developed. Westheimer Road, which was paved only to Post Oak Road, was the main traffic artery to town and bus service stopped at Lamar High School. What is now Afton Oaks was a prairie with a smattering of huge oak trees.

West Lane Place was developed and built by Jess Little. As legend goes Lana Lane was named after Jess Little’s daughter, Hackberry was a common tree in the area, and Bash (which was added in 1951) was named for a kindly and respected black worker named Bash who helped build homes in WLP. All of the homes in WLP were “ranch style,” typically between 1200 and 1500 square feet, ranging in price from $10,000-$15,000. The original WLP extended south only to Hackberry Lane. Streets were not paved.

In the early 50’s, the City of Houston annexed a large section of land west of the railroad tracks, including WLP. New streets and storm sewers, and water mains were laid. From the 1960’s through the 1980’s, WLP was a sleepy suburban middle class neighborhood.

Beginning in the late 1980’s, the little one-story homes began to be replaced by multi-story “urban” dwellings. As many as eight homes were built on a lot where one home stood. Now WLP life style can be defined as true inner city living. Although construction has slowed down considerably, there are a few projects still underway.

According to our by-laws, the West Lane Place Civic Association, which was founded in 1992, “includes the subdivisions of West Lane Place, West Lane Annex, West Lane III, Mid Lane Square Townhomes, and Afton Oaks Townhouse Condominiums; being that area of the City of Houston bounded on the north by Westheimer Road, on the east by the Houston Lighting and Power Company (now Centerpoint Energy) right-of-way, on the south by Richmond Road, and on the west by Afton Oaks subdivision. The purpose of the Association shall be to preserve and improve the residential character and integrity of the designated community.”

Our membership has grown over the years, and continues to grow. Our Security Patrol, Crime Alerts and other bulletins, Newsletters, and Directory are sponsored and provided by WLPCA. In addition, we host two events each year: Neighbors’ Night Out in October, and our Annual Meeting in May.

Personal Accounts

West Lane Place has a storied history as a wonderful community of friends and neighbors. Here are some personal accounts of this history from three of WLP’s longest term residents.

Ann Hastings

J. Spence Stephens

Olga & Theron McLaren

Become a Member!

WLPCA is a member-funded organization, and as such relies on members like you to continue to provide valuable information to our members and act on behalf of West Lane Place residents in dealings with city ordinance, maintenance and any other matters deemed to be in the best interest of our community.

Please help us to continue these efforts by becoming a member or renewing your existing membership. Annual membership dues are just $25 or $15 for members 65 or older, payable in January. Please download and complete the WLPCA Membership Form and send it to the membership chairman with your check.