BenH

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  1. Sorry for not posting much about this one, there's just not a lot to say about it that we're privy to. I know that this house does have some connection with the house that was formerly on River Bend, as in one of the architects that worked for Neuhaus & Taylor worked on it, and for the life of me I can't remember his name. The house on Willowick was not originally built completely to Taylor's specs, so the current owners tried to complete the original design as much as possible. That's about all I know about it that I can recall.
  2. Thought I would update this. C. CAA/CAM Modern House Tour Listings Tour I, 27 April 1952 Hamilton Brown, Hunt House, 526 West Friar Tuck Lane (Demolished) Hamilton Brown, Selig House, 3715 Inverness (Demolished) Cowell & Neuhaus, Baker House, 3665 Willowick Road (Demolished) Cowell & Neuhaus, Stude (Stevenson) House, 56 Tiel Way. Sympathetically altered. Philip Johnson, Menil House, 3363 San Felipe Road MacKie & Kamrath, Adler House, 24 Tiel Way (Demolished) Thompson McCleary, McCleary House, 6034 Memorial Drive (Demolished) Edward Stone, Kempner House, 3688 Willowick Road (Demolished) Wilson, Morris & Crain, Morris House, 2 Waverly Court Tour II, 18-19 April 1953 Hamilton Brown, Hudgins House, 501 West Friar Tuck Lane (Demolished) Hamilton Brown, Hohlt House, 223 Pine Shadows Drive (Demolished) A. A. Liefeste, Jr., Lefieste House, 403 Blalock Road (Demolished). Address was changed to 3 Dunnam. Additions were done by MacKie & Kamrath. Smart & Whitehead, Smart House, 318 Pine Shadows Drive (Demolished) Wilson, Morris & Crain, Buie House, 310 Saddlewood Lane (Demolished) Tour III, 10-11 April 1954 Joseph Krakower, Davidson House, 2418 Maroneal Boulevard Paul Laszlo, Herzog House, 2523 Maroneal Boulevard Lloyd & Morgan, Liese House, 328 Buckingham Drive (Demolished) Wilson, Morris & Crain, Cramerus House, 250 Pine Hollow Lane Wilson, Morris & Crain, Lazarus House, 57 Briar Hollow Lane (Demolished) Tour IV, 2-3 April 1955 Bolton & Barnstone, Hardison House, 233 Merrie Way (Demolished) Paul Elliott, Crow House, 325 West Friar Tuck Lane (Demolished) William N. Floyd, Floyd House, 226 Pine Hollow Lane Lloyd & Morgan, Shimek House, 3760 Willowick Road George Pierce - Abel B. Pierce, Pierce House, 5211 Greentree Road Tour V, 14-15 April 1956 Bolton & Barnstone, Gordon House, 2307 Bluebonnet Boulevard Hamilton Brown, Selig House, 3715 Inverness Drive. Unknown. Current house is traditional. HCAD says 1984, but that's just how far their records go back. Burdette Keeland, Pryor Apartment, Kipling Apartments II, 2719 Kipling Street. Pretty sure these are gone. There are townhouses on that address. Robert Wilson, Wilson Apartment, Bettis Apartments, 4311 Bettis Drive. These are still standing, but appear to have been converted into offices/apartments for a religious group. Tour VI, 13-14 April 1957 Lars Bang, Bendit (Kamin) House, 4111 Drummond Street (Fully restored) Bolton & Barnstone, Demoustier House, 608 Little John Lane (Demolished) David Brooks & Edward Brooks, Solomon House, 3615 South Braeswood Boulevard William R. Jenkins, second Jenkins House, 10911 Willowisp Drive Lloyd & Morgan, Straus House, 53 Briar Hollow Lane (Demolished) Tour VII, 12-13 April 1958 Edward Goodwin, Jr., Goodwin House, 3 Leisure Lane (Demolished). George Pierce - Abel B. Pierce, Carroll House, 2014 Persa Street (address no longer exists, per HCAD) Swenson & Linnstaedter, Swenson House, 3106 Brazos Street (I believe this was originally a home and studio, but HCAD lists it as a commercial building built in 1950. Must be it). Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Kelsey House, 2 Long Bow Lane (Demolished) Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Marshall House, 3700 Willowick Road (Demolished) Tour VIII, 11-12 April 1959 Engberg & White, Engberg House, 24 Still Forest Road Robert Maurice, Maurice House & Office, 3222 Mercer Street Neuhaus & Taylor, Erath House, 11206 Tynewood Lane Neuhaus & Taylor, Genitempo House, 310 Carnarvon Drive (Demolished) Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Thompson House, 4911 Tilbury Drive (Demolished) Tour IX, 21-22 May 1960 Koetter & Tharp, Tharp House, 8218 Mallie Court (Demolished) Lloyd & Morgan, Class House, Rice University Lloyd & Morgan, Cooper House, 201 Kincaid Drive (unknown) Neuhaus & Taylor, Frame House, 403 Westminster Drive Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Fulton House, Rice University Tour X, 6-7 May 1961 Bolton & Barnstone, Lindsay House, 7623 River Point Drive Travis Broesche, Walser House, 411 Fall River Road (Demolished, was Mod of The Month in 2016). Hamilton Brown, McClelland House, 11207 Tyne Court (Demolished) William Hoff, Huvard House, 12526 Old Oaks Drive. I read somewhere that this house was by Jenkins & Hoff, but can't remember where. Either way, this house still stands and in good condition. George Pierce - Abel B. Pierce, Zwerneman (Lundgren) House, 16 Crestwood Drive (Additional building by Eugene Aubrey; remodeled by Gwathmey Siegal Assoc., once owned by Francois de Menil and featured in one of Gwathmey Siegal's first books, with photos by Richard Payne). The wild colors have been replaced for white, unfortunately. ***As of 2017, there are still parts of this house standing, but it's certain that the overall intent is no longer intact.*** Tour XI, 28-29 April 1962 Bolton & Barnstone, Owsley House, 65 Briar Hollow Drive. Owned by the Bone family, along with the Carter House at 62 Briar Hollow Lane and another house next door attributed to Ralph Anderson/Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson. MacKie & Kamrath, Ballantyne House, 2 Tiel Way (Mostly demolished but apparently going to be rebuilt or something by architect Chris Robertson). Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Carter House, 62 Briar Hollow Lane Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Hines House, 146 Radney Street (demolished; photos exist in the original Houston Architecture Guide) Tour XII, 1963 no information Tour XIII, 5-6 December 1964 Howard Barnstone & Partners, Melcher House, 13 Tiel Way. This house is still there but has been significantly altered in a sort of Mediterranean style. H. F. P. Goeters & Associates, Salmon House, 506 Fall River Road (demolished) Jenkins & Hoff, Sheer House, 616 Hedwig Lane (unknown, neighborhood has changed considerably). This one remains one of the bigger mysteries. I'm still not sure what the deal is with this house, whether it's been heavily altered, completely demolished, or is hidden on a wooded lot out of view. Larson & Wingfield, Williams House, 31 Briar Hollow Lane (demolished) F. Carrington Weems, Weems House, 919 Kirby Drive Tour XIV, 30-31 October 1965 Kenneth Bentsen, Bentsen House, 2933 Del Monte Drive (not sure about this one; says constructed in 1935, remodeled in the 2000's, so it must still be there). P. M. Bolton Associates, Bolton House, 5000 Longmont Drive J. W. Evans, Evans House, 3118 Georgetown Street Jenkins & Hoff, Hoff House, 672 Flintdale Road Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Anderson House, 1638 Banks Street
  3. In case anyone's interested, this house was bought and is going through a renovation right now. See it on the way to work.
  4. Schobel House in Columbus is up for sale. Totally original, from the looks of it: http://www.har.com/1328-Montezuma-St/sale_4611514
  5. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?pid=179725609
  6. Figured as much. They were letting it rot anyway. Got damaged a bit during a storm if I remember.
  7. SirJB, Sorry I didn't see this post sooner. My wife and I are enjoying living in Bear Creek for the most part. It's pretty quiet, with the exception of the fireworks this past month. I live on one of the horseshoe streets, so we don't see a lot of traffic. There's a police station literally in the neighborhood, sheriff's department is also close. Not much in the way of fine dining, but that's not our thing anyway. There were two houses on our street (Herongate) for sale, but they've both gone option pending (you may have bought one for all I know). Ben
  8. We don't know who designed it, but it does bear resemblance to many houses by Phillip G. Willard.
  9. I didn't catch this until re-reading the thread a few times. The name "Flo. Nolan" is on Wylie Vale's list of clients, well. This is interesting.
  10. Wessendorf House in Richmond was recently on the market: http://www.har.com/700-hillcrest-dr/sale_59573129
  11. http://abc13.com/news/charles-tapley-award-winning-houston-architect-dead-at-84/994221/ I'm sure a full obit will be coming out in the next few days.
  12. Thought I'd bring this one back with some good news. This house eventually did sell, and the current owners have sympathetically renovated it. Looks very nice now. Don't have any pictures but I saw it about a week ago.
  13. Wei, a number of houses in Bear Creek have the clerestory windows. After walking the neighborhood at night, I've noticed that some of them still have original wood paneling on the ceilings too, which I wish I had. Any advice on how to paint a 20+ foot ceiling? Mine is definitely going to need scaffolding unless there's another way. Ben
  14. Ok, I'm bringing this thread back. My wife and I just bought one of these in Bear Creek. I've been seeing it called Shed Roof style and occasionally California Contemporary. I"m going with Shed Roof. Who else has one? I want to make this into kind of a resource topic for anyone looking for inspiration or history. Here's our house. No, it's not my picture, but in true real estate fashion, it's deceptive as hell. Our house, along with most of the houses in Bear Creek and the stretch along Briar Forest between Kirkwood and Dairy Ashford, were built in the mid-1970's to the early 1980's by a company called Pace & Co. They also built a few custom ones in Hearthstone and built in Lakeside and Cimarron out in Katy. I have seen multiple versions of this same house, especially in the area along Briar Forest. One is at the corner of Briar Forest and Kirkwood, right behind the mini-mart. They've also done a great job of sort of mid-century modding it. (Lime green door with a dark blue/gray exterior paint job). Pace & Co. used two main designers: a company called Design Alliance that I know nothing about, and an architect named Rodney Stevens. Rodney now works for Frankel Building Group. I'm trying to find out exactly who designed our house. And not to yell at them. We love it. These houses were originally built with cedar shake roofs (ours was, at least), so they didn't really need soffits for ventilation, but those didn't last and many have been replaced with modern roofs. This adds weight and the beams inside the attic need to be re-enforced. I'm told that this isn't really that hard a thing to do, but it's the case with our house. A decent roofer can also make some vents in the attic(s) to get air going through there. That's also a problem with ours. Inspiration: First, buy this book: http://www.amazon.com/William-Turnbull-Jr-Buildings-Architectural/dp/0965114481/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439917100&sr=8-1&keywords=William+Turnbull And study Sea Ranch. Charles Moore and William Turnbulls' early work set the tone for this style. Also look at Joseph Esherick, also from California. Locally, you'll want to look at William Cannady's early work before he went post modern, especially the Walker's Mark Townhomes. Charles Tapley and Irving Phillips also worked in this style, especially Tapley. The San Francisco firm Fischer Friedman designed several townhouse and condominium complexes for Hines in Houston, notably Ethan's Glen and Epernay. That firm has two books, but it's almost a different style, much more 1980's. I've been reading this blog by a couple that's doing a renovation on a budget of a 70's contemporary: https://thehouseonpennylane.wordpress.com What else should be covered here?