While Montrose was in District D, it was not able to have its own residents elected to city council.
Instead the district was forced to try to influence electoral contests involving candidates from other neighborhoods.
Folk music clubs like Anderson Fair and Sand Mountain catered to the folk scene in the neighborhood and other venues featured psychedelic rock and blues.
Later, punk and new wave clubs like The Paradise Rock Island, the Omni, and Numbers opened in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Montrose held the core of Mayor of Houston Kathy Whitmire's political support in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Montrose was the only area where a plurality of residents (40%) voted for her in the 1991 Mayor of Houston election.
On Montrose Boulevard and Westheimer Road, there are few original homes remaining—a majority have been converted to businesses and/or restaurants since 1936.
Examples of Houston's historic residential architecture including century-old bungalows and mansions can be found in Montrose.
Edgar Odell Lovett, the first president of Rice University.
The Rothko Chapel, also created by John and Dominique de Menil, is a non-denominational chapel located one block from the Menil.
Fourteen black and color-hued paintings by Mark Rothko are on the interior walls.
Link built his own home in Montrose, known as the Link-Lee Mansion, which is now part of the University of St. A streetcar, the Montrose Line, ran through the neighborhood. Montrose is going to lead the procession." It did, and the procession eventually continued far beyond the neighborhood.
In 1926, the Plaza Apartment Hotel, Houston’s first apartment hotel, opened on Montrose Boulevard.
Also starting around the 1970s the area became known as the center for the gay and lesbian community of Houston.