System of Streets and Tile Curb Markers (Resource Number 0371, Photo 10)
Idylwood contains a system of streets, sidewalks, and 67 extant mosaic tile street markers at intersecting curbs. As described in the Historic Context and Development sections, the streets reflect the topography of the neighborhood, curving with the bends of Brays Bayou. Concrete sidewalks line the streets, and were originally made with shell aggregate, some of which can still be seen in discrete areas, such as the southern side of Merry Lane at Idylwood Drive. In addition to the streets and sidewalks, mosaic tiles mark the locations of street intersections. Common in residential developments in the city of Houston and elsewhere during the 1920s and 1930s, these markers consist of three-quarter-inch-square ceramic tiles spelling out the street name in blue against a white ground. The sizes of the markers vary with the lengths of the street names. The majority of these markers remain in very good condition, while others have been subject to damage from being hit by automobiles, cut for ramps, or buried as the streets have been repaved. The markers that have been removed or have deteriorated due to lack of maintenance, and have accordingly left at most only a scar in the concrete curb, have not been included in the resource count. Of the remaining tile markers, a majority retain integrity. These markers are a reminder of a common element in residential design throughout the city that is quickly disappearing as streets and curbs are modified and modernized. The system of streets and tile curb markers is as a whole intact and therefore retains its integrity, despite the damage to and loss of some markers. It is a contributing element of the historic district.