Shortly after World War I, in between 1918 and the early 1920s, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wiess built a house and horse boarding facility, the Stable, on 76 acres of beautiful riparian forest along Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas.
Designed by renowned Houston architect John Staub, the house was based on stable designs Staub saw in Virginia and across the South. It was used primarily as a weekend and summer family retreat by the Wiess family and housed up to ten horses at a time, with horseback riding the primary recreational activity.
The original horse riding area for the Wiess family is now the location of Pasture View Lane, where most of the trees had been removed to accommodate the sport. In 2002, Stablewood residents sponsored a tree-planting project to replace and add trees on the boulevards and cul-de-sacs to restore the original forest-like feel of the neighborhood. The trees were donated in honor of or in memory of loved ones, and each tree bears a plaque at the base indicating both the honoree and donor.
The neighborhood Stablewood as we know it today was incorporated in 1992 and developed by Walter Mischer, Sr., along with Jim and Margaret Elkins, with Mark Kilkenny in charge of property development. It was modeled after the magnificent tree-lined North and South boulevards in the Boulevard Oaks Historic District of Houston and holds the distinction of being the first private, gated, and guarded subdivision in the Houston area. Architects Charles Tapley and Ray Bailey collaborated in planning the streets, architectural guidelines, and landscaping recommendations for the houses that would eventually make Stablewood a home base for a handful of Houstonians. The first house was built at 8722 Stable Crest Boulevard, and as of today, there are 121 homes within the subdivision.