Jay Hollyfield was a
native Houstonian who attended Lamar High School and later
the University of Texas. An avid traveler, Jay spent his
early years dabbling in acting, first in New York, then in
Europe. Like his father, Jay became an entrepreneur and successful
businessman. In the years to follow Jay owned and operated
many businesses that catered to the Houston gay community.
His properties included both historical landmarks and popular
gay destinations in Montrose and Midtown. His pride and joy
is the Hollyfield Building which is now Uptown Lofts and
before Hollyfield’s purchase, the Depelchin Children’s
A well-known, colorful Montrose resident known for his adventures
and well-resourced life style, Jay lived life grand. Jay
was a patron of the fine arts, his true love. He was involved
with the Westheimer Art Festival from its inception in 1972
until his death in 1994. He installed a board that would
keep true to his vision, an arts festival for the community.
Today the Bayou City Art Festival is bigger and more successful
than ever, raising hundreds of thousands each year for the
art community and other charity partners.