History of The Hofheinz House

This stately, Craftsman-style house was built in 1912 by O.L. Cochran, who married into the prominent Shepherd family, (after whom Shepherd Drive is named). In the 1950’s, the home was acquired by Judge Roy Hofheinz, a former mayor and legendary figure in Houston history. This house was primarily used for business purposes during the conception, planning, and building of the Houston Astrodome. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a great friend of “The Judge”, is known to have visited at least once during his presidency.

During the decades following the completion of the Astrodome in 1965, the building was leased to a series of tenants and fell into disrepair.In 2005, Chef Barbara McKnight and her husband Lance purchased, repaired, and restored the building, adding a 1500 sq. ft. commercial kitchen on the back of the property. The Hofheinz House is now a unique historical venue for small to medium sized special events.

The Hofheinz House is a 2010 nominee for the GHPA Good Brick Award for Historical Preservation.