SpaceAge

Full Member
  • Content count

    475
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    2

SpaceAge last won the day on September 24 2012

SpaceAge had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

23 Excellent

About SpaceAge

  • Rank

Contact Methods

  • ICQ
    0
  1. August Mod of the Month-Part II Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, August 13, 2017, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 – 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these vintage modern houses located in the Memorial area, about 7 miles west of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston Modern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. House 1: 611 Timber Terrace Road, Houston, Texas 77024 http://www.har.com/611-timber-terrace-rd/sale_15440579 Architect Phillip G. Willard designed and built this substantial and lively house in the late 1950’s. Securely perched along a ravine edge, the design takes full advantage of the lush wooded setting. Sought-after original design elements remain in good condition including terrazzo floors, sloped ceilings, mod lighting displays, translucent fiberglass partitions, walls of glass and sliding glass doors, exposed brick interior walls, original kitchen, cantilevered room and deck, and more. The house is mainly constructed of masonry products, including the roof decking making it fire and storm resistant. Phil Willard was from San Antonio and a 1934 graduate of the University of Texas. He was first registered to practice architecture in Texas in 1937. He moved to Houston from Ft. Worth about 1945 and opened a successful firm where he employed many of the top students from the UH College of Architecture. The Ceramic Construction Company was founded to produce buildimgs with his system. His buildings using the technique are highly acclaimed. Mrs. Willard was an interior designer and had her own furniture and design store. House 2: 10326 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024<br> http://www.har.com/10326-memorial-dr/sale_86139978 This one level vintage contemporary style house is located on a spacious Memorial Drive lot in prestigious Hunters Creek Village. The design is handsome, incorporating an asymmetrical slightly pitched roof, abundant tall windows, and exposed indoor-outdoor beams. It has been carefully maintained and is ready for its next preservation-minded owner. Other Mods of interest in the area: 11100 Wickdale Dr.- Don’t miss seeing the photos of this James Bond-worthy mod by architect Jack Stehling. 530 Trails End- Another one-owner, flat roofed, terrazzo floored modern house deserving to be saved by a mod-minded new owner. If you have more information about these houses, architects, or others in the area, please inform Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our website. Houston Mod volunteers will be on hand Sunday to assist with memberships and providing publications. Tell us about great acts of local modern preservation by picking up and completing a nomination form for the next round of the Houston Mod Preservation Awards. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month! Houston Mod is a non-profit, 501 (C)(3), membership organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the public in achieving this goal.
  2. Ron Stone of KHOU/KPRC-TV

    I have been thinking about the Ron Stone Cowboy today. Was there a costume and special song lyrics to this routine? How about a sidekick named DJ? A video? Such fun on The Scene at Five. I am still loyal to Channel 2 from the great memories.
  3. August Mod of the Month - Part I Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, August 6, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for several vintage modern homes in Glenbrook Valley, located about 7 miles southeast of downtown Houston. Glenbrook Valley was designated as a City of Houston Historic District in 2011 and is the largest postwar historic district in the nation. Come see all of the recent improvements made by the city, county, and homeowners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 7911 Santa Elena Street, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map Architects Symond Doughtie and Jack Porterfield took full advantage of this expansive lot in the hilly portion of Glenbrook Valley and created one of the areas most spectacular vintage modern homes. The house was built in 1955 for the Richardson family. In 1960 the family again engaged the architects to add the second level party lounge. The current homeowner received a Houston Mod Preservation Award in 2011 for the careful restoration and renovation of the house. Doughtie and Porterfield worked mainly in the Pasadena, Texas area. They participated in the design of the spectacular 1st Pasadena State Bank building with MacKie & Kamrath and maintained their offices there for many years. 8226 Glencrest Street, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map This swanky mid-century ranch-style house maintains most of its original design features and is located in one of the nicest areas of the neighborhood. The long narrow brick used on this house is known as Roman brick which was preferred by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for many of his Prairie style designs. The brick shape reinforces the horizontal theme. The tiled bathrooms have been restored to their mid-century character. 7718 Meadville Drive, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map This glider-winged-like mod floated in for landing near Hobby Airport in 1960 (but it is not in the flight path) and is now ready for its next excursion. Original design elements were refurbished whenever possible, and those that couldn't be saved were thoughtfully replaced. Vintage elements are found throughout the home including a starburst front door escutcheon, interior brick and wood walls, vintage tiles, lighting fixtures, and original kitchen cabinets. The once enclosed carport has been restored to the architects intended open vision. The architectural firm of Chustz & Wheeler designed the house. The original plans are framed and on display in the house. Roy Francis Chustz graduated from the University of Houston in 1950. If you know more about Chustz & Wheeler, Houston Mod would love to hear about it: info@houstonmod.org. Additional Area Houses to Consider: 8103 Glenvista Street: A large, very affordable, mid-century ranch-style house with many nifty features intact, just needing a bit of work. 8007 Glenloch Street: Long-time neighbors say this house originally had a flat roof and atrium. It will be a challenge to restore, but with its almost two acre bayou lot and good bones, it may be well worth the effort. If you have more information about these architects, houses or others in the area please inform Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our website. Be on the lookout for information on the August Mod of the Month - Part II event on August 13 in the Memorial area. The Mod Squad will be available Sunday to help renew memberships and provide Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at the Mod of the Month!
  4. July Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, July 16, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for several vintage modern houses located in and around Meyerland, about 9 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 4918 Yarwell Drive, Meyerland, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This house is the first discovery of a local work by the architect Julius L. Pryzant who designed the house for his own family. The house is subtly detailed and offers great privacy. Sadly, it was flooded and is in need of restoration. The original plans will be displayed at Sunday's event. Julius L. Pryzant was a graduate of the Rice School of Architecture and worked with Charles Tapley early in his career. Later, he moved overseas and designed military bases. He became a licensed architect in 1958. 11002 Ashcroft Drive, Parkwest, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map The Parkwest neighborhood, considered a section of Westbury, is the location of this 1960 custom built house of Asian-influence design. It has been meticulously maintained by longtime owner, architect Morton L. Levy. The living room and master bedroom have sunken or elevated floors. The kitchen has its original cabinets including an island with cooktop that is unusual for its time. Dual ovens are set within a brick accent wall. The living room, den, and master bedroom also have brick accent walls. Morton L. Levy, Jr. is a graduate of the Rice School of Architecture and became a licensed architect in 1960. He was the president of the Rice Architectural Alumni, AIA Houston, and the Texas Society of Architects. Additional area houses to see, save or drive by: Click image to see properties on Google Maps. 4951 Glenmeadow Drive (act fast- great mod with pool set for demolition) 5714 Stillbrooke Drive 4711 Imogene Street 5339 Rutherglenn Drive (also open on Sunday) 4902 N. Braeswood Boulevard 5751 Birdwood Road 9403 Braesheather Court 4422 Lymbar Drive 5023 Indigo Street 8911 Endicott Lane (A. Carol Broadnax, architect) 5118 raesheather Drive (Joel Brand, architect) Houston Mod volunteers will be available to help renew memberships and to make available Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  5. Parade Of Homes Addresses?

    Hello Alley. What is your fathers name? Do you have any of his archive? I toured both 10602 and 10607 Olympia in late '93 or early '94 when they were for sale. At that point, there was no information about them other than they were model homes. On 10607, the front door was a translucent plastic/fiberglass exactly like the one at our Mod of the Month on Boros Drive in Hunters Creek last year. There is another door like this in Braeburn Valley at a house by Maggie Plumb. 10607 was unique and still original and in good condition in 1994. It did not need to be put back together. Evidently the new owner did not understand/appreciate it and covered over much of the original details and added others. Do you remember the kitchen? It was covered in black lava rock and seemed like a cave. The kitchen was a small room at the rear of the house with a door that opened to the narrow strip of space behind the house. This house has two front yards, one in the normal place and another behind a wall along the building setback line. There is no back yard, only a utility easement behind the house. I have some newspaper copies about the 1960 Parade but very few stories that year mention the architect's names. The promotion for 10607 Olympia says the builder was W. L. Kilgore, JR. and the caption under the photo says SPANISH-CONTEMPORARY DESIGN EXCITEMENT...A waterfall in the living room of this 4-bedroom, 4-bath all electric two-story home...all masonry and glass. W L Kilgore, 4116 Dennis Street. 10602 Olympia was by Dick Coneway's Harmony Homes. Coneway was trained as an architect, according to Lars Bang who worked some with him but not on this house. The exterior is described as functional of new Miami Stone in a sandalwood coffee color. The east courtyard walls were originally diagonal in keeping with the floor plan but have been changed about ten years ago to align with the street. Part of the original promotion was that no flat walls face the streets.
  6. June Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Saturday, June 3, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2-4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for a vintage modern house in Baytown, located about 10 miles east of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 920 Leavins Street, Baytown, Texas 77520 HAR Link | Google Map http://www.har.com/920-leavins-st/sale_13662811 The secret is out. Baytown has great MCM architecture. This historic modern house was designed by noted architect George Pierce of the nationally recognized firm Pierce - Pierce. Cutting edge for its time and place, the house was the second in Baytown to be built incorporating central air conditioning. The home was designed for the Matherne family and completed in 1951. The composition is unique and handsome. The geometrically-composed chimney wall is prominent, setting an artistic tone for the two public sides of the house. Inside, redwood detailing abounds along with sloped ceilings, impressive rolling ribbed glass room partitions, extensive built-in cabinetry, custom windows, and indirect lighting. Built to last, the house remains mostly as the architect intended. George F. Pierce was from Dallas, Texas. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and Rice (1943), he also taught architecture at Rice. Abel B. Pierce (no relation to George) was from Blessing, Texas and a descendent of Jonathan and brother Shanghai Pierce, cattle barons and founders of Rancho Grande, once over 250,000 acres, located near near Bay City. Abel Pierce was a 1930 graduate of Rice Institute. The Pierce - Pierce firm, founded in 1946, is presently known as PGAL and is considered one of the largest architecture firms in Texas. Here are a few more interesting mods to drive-by in the Baytown area: 1106 Ward Road 1501 E Texas Avenue 211 Woodside Drive 1501, 1901 & 1905 E Southwood Drive 1609 & 1801 Oak Shadows Street See all sites on this Google Map. If you know of other Baytown modern treasures, please let us know by sending us an email, posting to our Facebook Page, or joining the Houston Mod discussion forum on HAIF. The Mod Squad will be available Saturday to help renew memberships and provide Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at the June Mod of the Month!
  7. May Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, May 21, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 1 - 4 PM. (Note: time schedule varies for each house) Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for two vintage modern houses located near the center of Houston, one only a mile south of downtown and the other about three miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 1638 Banks Street, North Edgemont, Houston, Texas 77006 Open 1-3 PM | HAR Link | Google Map In February, Houston Mod featured the historic modern house of architect S. I. Morris of Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson. We are now pleased to feature the house his partner Ralph Anderson designed for his own use in 1960. The flat-roofed court yard house is hidden behind a nifty geometric patterned front screen wall seamlessly incorporating the entrance. Ralph Alexander Anderson (1923-1990) was a graduate of Rice Institute. He joined Wilson, Morris & Crane in 1947 and became a partner in 1952. In 1962 his name was added to the firm name. He was primarily responsible for design in the Houston office. He is most well known for his work on the Astrodome and the Houston Post building. 2918 St. Emanuel Street, Park Court, Houston, Texas 77004 Open 2-4 PM | HAR Link | Google Map Callie Cullinan Pride Hill (d. 2003), beloved Houston educator, had a goal of building an avant-garde modern house for her family. When she started the project in 1951 there were no registered black architects in the state of Texas. She turned to George Edward Haynes (1921-2001) for design assistance. Haynes was the mechanical drawing instructor at Washington High School where Mrs. Hill also taught. Haynes later was principal of Kashmere High School and an HISD administrator. The house has been lovingly maintained by the Hill family. Special features of the house include dynamic low-pitched roof planes, integral carport, hidden attached garage, textured glass entrance screen, built-in hi-fi sound system, vanity table, and a cedar closet for the fur coat Mrs. Hill planned to own one day. The house is located on the edge of downtown next to Emancipation Park. Annual Juneteenth festivities and celebrations for the completion of a major redevelopment will be hosted at the park on Saturday, June 17. The Mod Squad will be available Sunday to help renew memberships and provide Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  8. View this email in your browser April Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, April 23, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. MODern Month continues with several more events to round out the celebration, including a special Mod of the Month this Sunday. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for two vintage modern houses located in the cities of Southside Place and West University Place, about five miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 3704 Carlon Street, Southside Place, Houston, TX 77005 HAR Link | Google Map Houston Mod ventures into the of preservation of newer modern architecture by featuring this handsome 1989 design by the noted Seattle architect Garrett Larsen. The design is a restrained postmodern style and reflects the owner’s interest in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Architectural historian Stephen Fox has provided a detailed description of the house and will attend Sunday’s event to discuss the design. Garrett Larsen is an architect in the Seattle area, based in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and became a registered architect in 1975. 6707 Buffalo Speedway, West University Place, Houston, TX 77005 HAR Link | Google Map Vintage modern houses are an uncommon find in West University Place yet here is one with nifty details and in great condition. Architect Matt E. Howard, Jr. designed this 1956 contemporary /modern style house. Howard designed several of the most interesting buildings at Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas. He also designed two houses in Meyerland built for the 1955 Parade of Homes located at 5114 and 5126 Jackwood. Matt E. Howard, Jr. was an award winning architect and national president of the Society of American Registered Architects in 1960 and a fellow of the organization. The Mod Squad will be available Sunday to help renew memberships and provide Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  9. February Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, February 26, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Bonus: Architectural Historian Stephen Fox will give a brief talk at 3 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for this important vintage modern house located just west of the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, about two miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 2 Waverly Court, Waverly Court, Houston, Texas, 77005 HAR Link | Google Map The architect Seth Irwin “Si” Morris designed 2 Waverly Court for his family in 1951. The Morris House is fascinating for the way it contains complex interior spaces within an unassuming architectural shell. It has mostly solid exterior walls in a combination of brick and gray stained wood siding. The original front entrance, which faces Bissonnet, a busy street, is a two-story brick wall broken only by the harlequin-painted front door and projecting steel canopy. Inside, the house is organized around a series of lushly planted interior courts that were added as part of incremental expansions over the sixty-five years the Morris family lived there. Because the courts are separated from each other by dividing walls, most of the principal rooms have their own interior vista. The effect is one of a surprisingly expansive spatial richness which belies the house’s small size. Morris was a partner in the prominent firm Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson. Buildings Morris was involved with include the Astrodome, Penzoil Place, One Shell Plaza, One Allen Center, 1st City National Bank Building, Electric Tower, Transco Tower, Wortham Theater Center, Central Library, Downtown Post Office, Houston Country Club, Glassell School of Art, KPRC Studios, and Style in-Steel Townhouses. Morris was a 1935 graduate of Rice Institute. His house is a City of Houston Protected Landmark. The original set of plans will be available for study on Sunday. Photos by Paul Hester, Text excerpts by Ben Koush Noted architectural historian and Master Mod Stephen Fox will discuss the house and the career of S. I. Morris at 3 PM on the Morris patio. The Morris house was featured on the Contemporary Arts Association's first ever house tour of 1952. The tour roster included the Menil House by Philip Johnson. Only three houses of the nine featured are still in existence. News & Upcoming Events Houston Mod is keeping an eye on threatened modern designs including Jones Hall, the Astrodome, Johnson Space Center, and Tranquility Park. Stay tuned for further information. Sunday's event will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss your mod thoughts with other modern enthusiasts. April is Modern Month and the event calendar will be ready soon. Houston Mod publications will be available at Sunday's event. We look forward to seeing you at Mod of the Month.
  10. January Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, January 22, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these fascinating vintage modern/contemporary houses located in Willow Meadows and Meyerland, about seven miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21-23, 2017 8822 Prichett Drive, Meyerland, Houston, TX 77024 HAR Link | Google Map Charles Tapley designed this well-considered house in 1957 and it remains very close to its original condition. A handsome integrated porch-carport entrance leads to the living areas, open on all sides to the private natural setting. Extensive use of glass walls, brick flooring and redwood paneling imbue the spaces with refinement making it a pleasure to experience. This Meyerland house has never flooded. Charles Tapley (1931 - 2015) was an architect and landscape architect determined to create outstanding places and structures. He was a graduate of Rice Institute and became a registered architect in 1960 and a registered landscape architect in 1970. Houston Mod has featured some of his other designs such as 1807 Wroxton, 610 Grecian Way and Tranquility Park. 9706 Cliffwood Drive, Willow Meadows, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This intriguing 1950s modern house features an atrium, walls of glass, skylights, and extensive built-ins including a floating wall between the entry and dining areas. It is a spacious house situated on a roomy bayou-front lot. The house experienced minor flooding in 2016 and is ready for repair. The original set of plans is available for research. News & Upcoming Events Rio Grand Valley Mod Tour II Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017 Rio Grande Valley Modern (RGVMod) and Houston Mod are hosting a special two-day member event in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Nydia Tapia-Gonzales of Harlingen, founder of RGVMod and Houston Master Mod Stephen Fox will lead a tour of outstanding sites of mid-twentieth-century modern design in Edinburg and McAllen on January 27-28. This is a follow-up event to last year's well-received tour in Harlingen and Brownsville. Tickets for the Rio Grande Valley Mod Tour II are now available and an email was distributed with further information to members last Saturday, Jan. 7th. The tour is almost sold out, but if spaces remain by the end of this weekend, tickets will be opened up to non-members and a follow up email will be distributed and info will be posted on the Houston Mod Facebook Page. Houston Mod publications and membership information will be available at Sunday's event. Discuss your design and preservation thoughts and concerns with fellow modsters. We look forward to seeing you!
  11. View this email in your browser November Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, November 6, 2016, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these vintage modern/contemporary houses located in the Tanglewood and Memorial areas of Houston, about 7 miles west of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21-23, 2017 922 Boros Drive, Inverness, Hunters Creek Village, Texas, 77024 HAR Link | Google Map This nifty vintage contemporary style house contains a treasure trove of sought after mod details starting with a rare translucent fiberglass front door and leading through to the glamorous swimming pool and terrace complete with outdoor wet bar and gas-fired tiki torches. The flowing living areas surround a large and open high ceilinged kitchen still with original arrangement and cabinetry. The breakfast room has an original wall mural, metal screen space dividers, planter box and likely a Higgins glass Rondelay window screen. Many other delightful vintage features complete the scene. Houston Mod publications make excellent gifts and will be available at this location on Sunday. 7 Buffalo Ridge Circle, Indian Trail, Houston, Texas, 77056 HAR Link | Google Map Architect Ralph Anderson designed this AIA award winning house in 1978 for fellow Rice architecture alum David Chapman and wife Erminie Chambers. Anderson (1923-1990), joined the prominent architecture firm of Wilson, Morris & Crain in 1947 and became a partner in 1952. His other projects include the Astrodome, Houston Post Building, and the endangered Frank Erwin Center. The design for the Chapman house provides numerous decks and walls of glass making the most of the lush wooded ravine setting. Additional features include art display walls, dramatic sloped ceilings, sky roofs, lofts, catering area, and a motor court, all magnificently maintained. It's Member November! Houston Mod is only able to fulfill our mission as Houston's modern architecture and design preservation advocacy group through the generous support of our members. Member November is the best time to renew or sign up for a Houston Mod membership. Purchasing a membership is a a snap at our new online Houston Mod Square Shop. If you are unsure if your membership has expired, please use the link below to email us. Join in November to insure your invitation to the Houston Mod Annual Member Holiday Party and news about other exciting upcoming member-only events and offers. Houston Mod Square Shop | Email Houston Mod
  12. October Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, October 23, 2016 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these vintage contemporary houses located in the Meyerland, Westbury and Braes Timbers subdivisions of Houston, about 8 - 10 miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21-23, 2017. 5302 Braesheather Drive, Meyerland, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map Joel Brand, FAIA designed this expansive modern house featuring broad plate glass walls opening to partially walled landscaped gardens from most rooms. Many rooms are fitted with extensive built-in cabinetry. Joel Brand is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Architecture. He became registered to practice in Texas in 1966. He first worked for Howard Barnstone beginning in 1957 and later for Bolton & Barnstone before co-founding Brand & Allen in 1965. Joel Brand worked prolifically in the Houston area before moving to central Texas and later to the west coast. Has your Houston Mod membership expired or would you like to join? Membership signup and renewal will be available at this location, along with Houston Mod publications which make excellent gifts. 4815 Braesvalley Drive, Meyerland, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This house has a unique and inviting floor plan with multiple living areas featuring walls of glass opening to private outdoor spaces. The entry sequence has a Palm Springs feel with a stylish double porte-cochère connecting to a double door entry through cactus-lined court topped with soaring beams. Architect Lars Bang designed the house in 1956. Bang was a 1950 graduate of the University of Houston and first worked for Phillip Willard where he had a hand in designing over one thousand houses. He designed and built the internationally acclaimed Bendit House from 1952 - 1954. He partnered with Lucian Hood until 1959 on several large projects. Bang formed his own firm in 1960 and concentrated mostly on commercial projects for the remainder of his career. 10815 Kit Street, Westbury, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This flat-roofed vintage modern house has a partially covered court yard entry opening to a spacious living area viewing the unusually large park-like back yard. If you know about the history of this house, please share with the information to Houston Mod. 9307 McAvoy Drive, Braes Timbers, Houston, TX 77074 HAR Link | Google Map This house may be on drive-by only status on Sunday. This very attractive contemporary style house was designed by architect Lucian T. Hood, Jr., a 1952 graduate of the University of Houston. Hood was a master at designing picturesque elevations while creating captivating perspective drawings of his projects. Flexible living spaces, complete with brick wall and fireplace, open wide to the expansive views of a giant lot and swimming pool. Hood designed mostly modern architecture until the mid to late 1960's when a demand for more traditional styles necessitated a change. His extensive archives are now preserved at the University of Houston Special Collections library. Sadly, many of his most spectacular modern houses have been demolished and many records have been lost. Upcoming Events Past Forward, The National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference, will be held in Houston, November 15-18, 2016. Attendees will explore how preservation can play a greater role in securing healthier, more sustainable and just cities. Information on special tickets for Houston Mod Members to the Candlelight House Tour will be distributed shortly. Stay tuned for information on Houston Mod's annual member Holiday Party. If you are not a member, join now to guarantee an invitation to the celebration in an incredible modern space. _________________________________________ Do you shop on Amazon? Donate a small percentage of your purchases at no cost to you by adding Houston Mod as your charitable organization of choice at Amazon Smile. Join the Houston Mod Facebook Page and Houston Mod Discussion Forum for more mod-minded fun. Support future Houston Mod events by becoming a member. Houston Mod is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas and advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy, seeking support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.
  13. Houston MOD Current News & Events "This WAS Contemporary Art" Exhibit Lecture - Wed. Oct. 5, 2016 Join us at the Heritage Society, Wednesday, October 5 at 7 PM for a special lecture by Randy Tibbits, one of the guest curators of the current exhibit: "This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945-1965". The talk, "The Houston Art Scene in Transition & Disruption: Frank Freed's Opening Night - Contemporary Arts Museum of 1953 and What it Shows Us", will explore how World War II disrupted and influenced Houston's art culture. Admission: $5 general; free for Heritage Society members. The Exhibition gallery will be open 10 AM - 9 PM on Wednesday and co-curators available for evening tours. The exhibit closes on Saturday, October 15, 2016. University of Houston Art & Architecture Tour - Sat. Oct. 8 As part of Docomomo US National Tour Day, the AIA Houston and Houston Mod have partnered to host a walking tour exploring the art, architecture and campus design at the University of Houston on Saturday, October 8 at 10 AM. Cost: $5 for AIA Houston and Houston Mod members; $10 General Admission. Reservations are recommended. Tour sites include the Fine Arts Building, 1972, CRSS; Cullen College of Engineering, 1967, Golemon and Rolfe; A.D. Bruce Religion Center, 1965, Frank C. Dill; and the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, 1950, Alfred C. Finn (pictured). Further tour information is available on the Houston Mod Facebook page. Houston: Uncommon Modern Receives National Award On September 22, 2016, Delaney Harris-Finch (Houston Mod board member) and Anna Mod (Houston Mod co-founder and Master Mod) traveled to New York City to accept a Modernism in America Award from Docomomo US. The Survey/Inventory Citation of Merit was presented by the Docomomo US Board Vice President, Robert Meckfessel of Dallas, Texas. The Houston: Uncommon Modern project along with 9 other exemplary projects that raise awareness of the importance of architecture and design of postwar society in the United States were honored. Exhibit catalogs are still available, email info@houstonmod.org for purchase information. Houston To Host Nation's Preservationists - Nov. 15-18 The National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference, Past Forward, will be held in Houston, November 15-18, 2016. Attendees will explore how preservation can play a greater role in securing healthier, more sustainable and just cities through educational programming, field studies, and special events throughout the city. Click here to view a promotional video created by the Trust showcasing Houston. Visit the Past Forward website to learn more or register. Stay tuned for info on special ticket availability to the Candlelight House Tour for Houston Mod members. _________________________________________ Do you shop at Amazon.com? Donate a small percentage of your purchases at no cost to you by adding Houston Mod as your charitable organization of choice at Amazon Smile. Join the Houston Mod Facebook Page and Houston Mod Discussion Forum for more mod-minded fun. Support future Houston Mod events by becoming a member.
  14. September Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 18, 2016 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Please join us to help find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage contemporary home in the Woodside subdivision of Houston, located about 6 miles southwest of downtown. Note that the usual event time has been adjusted to allow for attendance of an architecture talk by Stephen Fox at 4 PM, further details below. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21 - 23, 2017! 3730 Sun Valley Drive, Woodside, Houston, TX 77025 Before After The theme of September's Mod of the Month is Before & After. This house was also Mod of the Month in July 2015 when it was being sold by the original owner in worn, but almost original condition. Come see how it has escaped demolition and been restored and renovated with care for the original design and character. Architect James Womack designed the striking butterfly-roofed house in 1955. Womack was a 1950 graduate of the University of Houston College of Architecture. He became a registered architect in 1950 and designed structures located throughout Houston including Meyerland, Glenbrook Valley, and Meadowcreek Village. He worked with architect John Phenix. HAR Link Other News & Events "Constructing Jewish Houston" Talk By Stephen Fox Follow up the Houston Mod of the Month event on Sunday, September 18 at 4 PM, with a lecture by architectural historian and Master Mod Stephen Fox on works of architecture associated with Houston's Jewish community. The talk will pose the question: how have these buildings and sites contributed to Houston's emergence as a major U.S. city? The lecture is part of the 8th Annual Rice University Jewish Studies Lecture Series presented in partnership with the Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and will be at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center located at 5601 S Braeswood Blvd. Tickets available online for $10 for the general public. Mecom Fountain Restored By Friends! Thanks to the Friends of the Fountain, the Mecom Fountain has been restored to its 1964, Eugene Werlin design. The Friends, led by Pheobe Tudor and Bill Baldwin, hosted a Ribbon Cutting event last week, celebrating the restoration. Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke to the crowd on the importance of preserving our past. The group raised well over the $60,000 goal to reverse inappropriate alterations to the protected city landmark that began earlier this year. Surplus funds from the crowd-sourced campaign allowed for completion of the original scope to remove limestone panels and patch holes, as well as additional work to re-coat the bowls to original specifications, replace lights, and install a chlorination system. Well done, Friends! Houston To Host Nation's Preservationists The National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference, Past Forward, will be held in Houston, November 15-18, 2016. Attendees will explore how preservation can play a greater role in securing healthier, more sustainable and just cities through educational programming, field studies, and special events throughout the city. Click here to view a promotional video created by the Trust showcasing Houston. Visit the Past Forward website to learn more or register. Stay tuned for info on special ticket availability to the Candlelight House Tour for Houston Mod members. One last Before & After look at Sunday's Mod of the Month: Before After _________________________________________ Do you shop at Amazon.com? Donate a small percentage of your purchases at no cost to you by adding Houston Mod as your charitable organization of choice at Amazon Smile. Join the Houston Mod Facebook Page and Houston Mod Discussion Forum for more mod-minded fun. Support future Houston Mod events by becoming a member. Houston Mod publications will be available at the Mod of the Month event. Houston Mod is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas and advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy, seeking support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.
  15. August Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, August 7, 2016 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2-4 PM. Please join us to help find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage contemporary home. This month's event takes place in the University Oaks subdivision of Houston, located about 3 miles southeast of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21-23, 2017! 4345 North MacGregor Way, University Oaks, Houston, TX 77004 This 1950s contemporary home, recently saved from demolition and updated, is in need of a new owner to continue its preservation. The house is situated on a spacious tree shaded site viewing the picturesque Brays Bayou and is minutes away from Hermann Park, the Medical Center, the University of Houston, and the new MetroRail southeast purple line. The spacious, light filled house has a free flowing plan opening to an expansive patio and swimming pool. The daughter of the original owner reports her father, Paul Brochstein, designed and built the house. Brochstein's brothers, Harry and I.H., built and lived in the two houses to the east of 4345. All three families moved to Meyerland about 1963. HAR Link Riverside Terrace is filled with history and significant architecture. Stephen Fox wrote about the area in a 1987 Cite Magazine article, "Riverside Terrace and Environs: An Architectural Tour". Click the link to view a PDF with architectural descriptions and tour map, then explore the neighborhood this weekend to see what has changed and what remains and may be preserved. Search HoustonMod.org to learn more about the mod architecture in the area including the University of Houston and Texas Southern University campuses. The Houston Mod exhibition brochure, "Endangered Modern - The Real Story" features a description of the area and will be available at Sunday's event. Other News & Events This WAS Contemporary Art is now open at the Heritage Society Museum Gallery at Sam Houston Park. Learn about what was happening in Houston in art, architecture, and design from the 1940s-1960s! On view Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4pm through October 15, 2016. Houston Mod members, board members and Master Mods have contributed to this high quality exhibition. Admission is free of charge. _________________________________________ Do you shop at Amazon.com? Donate a small percentage of your purchases at no cost to you by adding Houston Mod as your charitable organization of choice at Amazon Smile. Join the Houston Mod Facebook Page and Houston Mod Discussion Forum for more mod-minded fun. Support future Houston Mod events by becoming a member. Houston Mod publications will be available at the event. Houston Mod is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas and advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy, seeking support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.