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  1. April Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, April 29, 2018 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. As MODern Month 2018 approaches conclusion, we hope you will help us find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage modern townhouse located in Houston’s West End neighborhood, about 2 miles west of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 4324 Floyd Street, Magnolia Grove, Houston, Texas 77007 HAR Link | Google Map Taft Architects designed the Grove Court Townhouses in 1979, early in the area’s transformation from single-family cottages to compacted stacked townhouses. Grove Court is unique for its well-considered planning incorporating a grouped setting organized by a series of walls defining both interior and exterior spaces. Each of the six units can be accessed from the front street side court or the rear garages situated along a private driveway. The structured front court leads to the front doors (originally fitted with nifty large port-hole windows) as well as to a shaded semi-private court and then progresses to a large private court yard, all organized along a central axis. The interiors are open and loft-like, the likes seldom seen in Houston for 10-20 years past this construction date. Grove Court Townhouses received the following awards: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Merit Award, 1981 Architectural Record Apartments Award, 1981 Texas Society of Architects Honor Award, 1981 Houston AIA Honor Award, 1981 Taft Architects was founded in 1972 by John J Casbarian, Danny M. Samuels and Robert H. Timme (d 2005) and is an internationally recognized, award winning Houston-based architecture firm. Until 1995, all projects were produced together by the three partners. The remaining partners work together equally on all projects. Both are also involved in the School of Architecture at Rice University. 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 soon to premier all new website. News & Updates MODern Month 2018 is almost over but there are still a few final opportunities to celebrate, including the second April Mod of the Month event this Sunday; the John Chase exhibition open through June 2; and by enjoying a concert at Jones Hall, an endangered modern landmark, where the Houston Symphony will perform music from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, A Space Odyssey. Concert times available this Saturday and Sunday, ticket prices start at $23.00. Download the MODern Month roster for more information. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. Our newest publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones by Ben Koush, is now available. Memberships and publications make excellent gifts! We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  2. April Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, April 15, 2018 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Now at the mid point in MODern Month, we hope you will help us find new preservation-minded owners for these vintage modern houses located in southwest Houston , about 7 and 10 miles from downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 4127 Drummond Street, Ayrshire, Houston, Texas 77025 HAR Link | Google Map This meticulously maintained vintage modern house is situated on a shady suburban cul de sac containing other well designed vintage modern houses, some by architects that worked together in varying arrangements for many years. 4127 Drummond was designed circa 1953 by the firm of Philip G. Willard (1913-1993) and Lucian T. Hood, Jr. (1916-2001). The house is modern yet remains warm and inviting due to the use of wood floors and ceilings, a magnificent stone fireplace, indirect lighting, and expansive windows opening to a spacious lawn and pool terrace. Philip Willard started his career in Fort Worth but moved to Houston around 1946 and opened his own firm. Shortly after he hired Lucian Hood, and several other top UH architecture students, who stayed with the firm after graduation. Willard was an active business developer and the firm designed over 1,000 houses (many unbuilt) in this early period. Willard was also involved with a ceramic building system he employed on many of their designs. Lucian Hood went on to work with Lars Bang, then started his own firm where he designed apartment complexes, car dealerships, and an abundance of mostly large-scale houses. He was extremely skilled in his graphic communications and drawing packages that may be considered works of art. As styles changed, his designs became more traditional. Unfortunately, many of his most spectacular modern designs have been demolished and many design records lost. The later portions of his archive are now secure at the University of Houston, having been donated by William Carl, facilitated by Houston Mod. 5702 Warm Springs, Westbury, Houston, Texas 77035 HAR Link | Google Map Design symmetry is explored in this unique flat-roofed vintage modern house built in the Westbury neighborhood for the 1959 Parade of Homes by the Houston Home Builders Research Corporation. The design was inspired by survey results of what home buyers wanted in a new home. The house has an impressive double door front entrance leading to a spacious foyer with an original floor to ceiling ceramic tile mural. The fantastic kitchen, suitable for the most stylish of mid-century TV shows, is the focal point to which the living spaces are organized. The house was designed by Knostman & Webster who were in charge of the architectural committee for the 1959 Parade of Homes and designed two additional houses in the show. More Mods of Interest Available in the Area 2527 Glen Haven Boulevard, Braeswood, 77030 - Drive-by, agent happy to show with appointment 5235 Kingfisher Drive, Westbury, 77035 - Drive-by 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 soon to premier all new website. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month! News & Updates MODern Month April 2018 continues with weekly museum tours, nightly light and sound show at Rice, daily John Chase exhibition, Menil art talk, film screening, architecture walking tour, a building tour, Rothko talk, and a Jones Hall concert. Download the MODern Month roster for more information. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. Our newest publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones by Ben Koush, is now available. Memberships and publications make excellent gifts! About Houston Mod & Mod of the Month Houston Mod is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting 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 general public in achieving this goal. The Mod of the Month program, launched in 2006, was devised to promote the preservation of modern buildings by educating the public of their architectural and cultural importance in an attempt to show the buildings as desirable to a next generation of owners. The program received a Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston in 2009 and continues its important mission. The MOTM program promotes the preservation of Mid Century Modern (MCM) architecture during a time when the properties are most vulnerable - when they are placed for sale. The value embodied within MCM properties often goes unseen by the ordinary citizen and real estate agent who may list the property as a candidate for demolition or contemporary renovation. The original design concept, architect, and owners of modern homes are important, and provide both a quality space and history desired by many home seekers. Modern is historic? Yes! Properties that are at least 50 years old may be considered for historic designation by national, state, and local preservation programs. Most of the featured Mod of the Month homes are eligible for designation at the local level, many also at the state and/or national level. The City of Houston offers tax exemptions to owners for appropriate work conducted to improve locally designated historic homes. For more information on designating a modern property, contact the City of Houston Historic Preservation Office, or email Houston Mod at info@houstonmod.org.
  3. January Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, January 28, 2018 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find a new preservation-minded owner for a vintage modern house located in Sharpstown, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 7210 Mobud Drive, Sharpstown, Section 2, Houston, Texas 77074 HAR Link | Google Map A nifty mod in close to original condition is an exciting find. This one is complete with desired features like high sloped beamed ceilings, clearstory windows, wood floors and colorful tiled baths. A sliding glass door opens to a wood deck and spacious back yard. Sharpstown is a master planned new town most known for its neighborhoods of well-built attractive homes. Recent publications have proclaimed Sharpstown as Houston's Best Hidden Neighborhood and one of the Hottest Neighborhoods in Houston. If you have more information about this house or others in the area, please inform Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our website. Look for an all new HoustonMod.org website coming soon! The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. The new Houston Mod publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones by Ben Koush, is now available. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  4. December Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, December 17, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for two vintage modern houses located in the Braeswood area, about 6 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Both houses were designed by the highly regarded architect Joseph Krakower with assistance from Herb Greene, who later achieved international acclaim with his own practice. The houses are listed in the AIA Houston Architecture Guide. Unfortunately, both houses were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Event parking is available on Glen Arbor as well as on Edloe and Tartan Streets. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 3611 North Braeswood Boulevard, Braes Heights, Houston, Texas 77025 HAR Link | Google Map A triangular theme pervades in this 1958 house designed for the Dr. David Mendell family. Indoor and outdoor seamlessly meld, and portions of the flat roof seem to float above the dramatic fireplace. Outstanding details include the continuous ribbon windows, canted sliding cabinet doors, angled roof supports, upturned roof corners, and triangular-shaped wood siding elements. The spacious layout includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms plus a tropically landscaped swimming pool. This is a stunningly attractive creation. 3615 North Braeswood Boulevard, Braes Heights, Houston, Texas 77025 Google Map Krakower & Greene designed this house in 1957 for the Salzman family who owned it until 2014. The design details are unusually refined featuring pyramidal volumes over the front facing dining and bed rooms which also feature corner-placed plate glass windows. The house was recently renovated. The owners are considering selling or raising the house. Joseph David Krakower was born in Houston and graduated from Rice Institute in 1943 with a BS in architecture. He then attended USC where he earned a Masters in Architecture degree in 1947. He worked for Robert Kerrah and Lenard Gabert before starting his own firm in 1949. Krakower also designed the Barvin house once located at 3506 Glen Arbor. Herb Greene was Krakower's designer from 1954 to 1958. He was born in New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1952. He studied under and worked for Bruce Goff in Oklahoma and also worked for John Lautner before coming to Houston. In Other News 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. Look for an all new HoustonMod.org website coming soon! The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. The new Houston Mod publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones, by Ben Koush, is now available. Houston Mod memberships and publications make excellent gifts! The 2017 Houston Mod Preservation Awards were presented last week at the Houston Mod Holiday Party. Visit the Houston Mod website or Facebook page to learn about the recipients. An architectural tour of the Mid-Texas Gulf Coast is planned for late January 2018. Ensure your membership is current to receive an invitation. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month! 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. Copyright © 2017 Houston Mod, P.O. Box 541353, Houston, TX 77254, All rights reserved.
  5. Memorial Bend MODS to See & Save Oct 29, 2-4

    The folks listing 430 Faust have decided to open the house for the event. So now there are two houses to tour and three to drive-by on Sunday. These are well designed vintage mods in a great location with excellent public schools.
  6. October Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, October 29, 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 12 miles west of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 419 Isolde Drive, Memorial Bend, Houston, TX 77024 HAR Link http://www.har.com/419-isolde/sale_43615922 The Memorial Bend area includes one of Houston's greatest concentrations of architect-designed vintage modern houses. Early promotions for the area proclaimed it had more good contemporaries than any other subdivision in Houston. This circa 1959 flat-roofed house was designed by architect William Floyd in his trademark handsomely restrained manner. It has been carefully maintained and thoughtfully enlarged by its architect-owner. Unfortunately, it recently flooded, for the first time. William Norman Floyd (1910-2004) was from Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He moved to Houston after World War II and designed hundreds of modern houses for a number of subdivisions. He became an early investor in Memorial Bend and designed 50 of its houses. Many of his designs were published locally and nationally. Several architects, past and present, chose to live in houses in this area. More Mods of Interest Available in the Area: 430 Faust Lane, Memorial Bend, 77024 - stop and take a look inside through the windows 12922 Figaro Drive, Memorial Bend, 77024 - drive-by 12815 Hansel Drive, Memorial Bend, 77024 - drive-by 311 Gershwin Drive, Memorial Glen, 77079 - drive-by Learn more about the area at The Architecture of Memorial Bend website created by Houston Mod co-founder Michael Brichford. This rich online resource features researched information about the neighborhood along with addresses of the vintage modern houses, making an area tour an enlightening experience. 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. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. Our newest publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones ,by Ben Koush, is now available. Memberships and publications make excellent gifts! The 2017 Houston Mod Preservation Awards will be presented at the Houston Mod Holiday Party on December 9th, hosted at a significant house designed by architects MacKie & Kamrath. Ensure your membership is current to receive an invitation to this can't miss event! We hope to see you at Mod of the Month.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.