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  1. Willowisp - one thing that will make your searches easier is to check the Sunday sections... you can look at the classifieds (you'll see ads if the Parade of Homes was taking place) as well as the real estate section. Looking at other days of the week can prove frustrating and time consuming.
  2. Not familiar with the house but just because it doesn't have windows in the front doesn't mean it doesn't have windows. In fact, there are many houses in our neighborhood that have planar facades in the front and, once you go inside, you're greeted with floor to ceiling windows overlooking gardens. Appearances can be deceptive.
  3. Can you provide some more insight on the photo shoot... that may help us identify someone who can help out.
  4. I wish we could track down some pictures of what T&C Village used to look like before they put up the mall. It's hard to forget Panjo's. You could order pizza shaped like a star, an airplane or other cool shapes. As a kid, I also liked going there because you could get a free Panjo's spinning top. There was the old Country Playhouse, complete with windmill. Across the street was the Barbizon Art Gallery, right next to Joske's. Oshman's used to be there, as well, before they moved to the Gessner area. Oh... as for that Chinese place? I used to love their shrimp. Someone must have pictures...
  5. What's kills me is that she knows what she has on her hands... she owns three other modern houses, two of which are really spectacular. I would've sent her business in the past because I thought she was for preservation... no way I would now.
  6. We went by around noon... quite a few people there checking it out. I see a lot of great potential in this idea. I hope it sticks and takes off.
  7. The issue is not the food, it's the building... a spirited interpretation of Googie arcthitecture that was recognized by the AIA as a great design.
  8. Parrothead... the article I came across seemed pretty recent. I'll see if I can track it down. BTW - I noticed the link on the bottom of your page. Do you now live in Memorial Bend? The web page you've linked is my page
  9. Well, it sounds like that spot on the corner of Gessner and I-10 will become a 9-story professional bldg. I hope I'm wrong. The latest I heard was that Central Market might end up in the new Town & Country. Wishful thinking...?
  10. I keep thinking I need to drive over there and take pictures of the Bali Hai - a great little place.
  11. If that is the case (which sucks, as usual), is there any way to salvage whatever can be salvaged? Crap like this continues to really piss me off.
  12. Rice Design Alliance, in collaboration with Houston Mod, Presents the 2005 Architecture Tour Modern Mode: Houston Architecture at Mid-Century The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) will hold its 28th annual architecture tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, 2005, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year RDA will collaborate with Houston Mod to highlight the buildings and architects on the forefront of Houston's modern architecture movement in the 1950s and
  13. I guess I tend to get what's going on in the 3rd Ward. My take is that there are many in the 3rd Ward to realize that their neighborhood is an imperfect one. While I'm sure all want to improve the area, they don't want to do so at the risk of erasing the cultural identity of the 3rd Ward. Perhaps they're all too familiar with how many developers are razing any buidling, regarding of historical or cultural signifance, to put up bland and generic townhouses and McMansions. Perhaps they don't want to see this: ...replaced by this: I'm about as conservative as they come but I really hate how this town is wiping out neighborhoods and replacing them with McMansions, cheap apartments and bland Perry Homes townhouses.
  14. I thought everyone might like a list of some of the great books covering mid-century architecture and design and some of the other topics we talk about on this board. This list is faaaaar from comprehensive and in no particular order. Consider it scratching the surface of what is out there... feel free to add your own as this could be a good reference thread. Modernism Reborn: Mid-Century American Houses by Michael Webb http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=books&n=507846 Modernism Rediscovered by Pierliugi Serraino and Julius Shulman http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/382...8223655-2797415 Richard Neutra - Complete Works (Jumbo Set) by Barbara Lamprecht http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/382...8223655-2797415 Neutra by Barbara Lamprecht http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/382...8223655-2797415 Farnsworth House: Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe : Architecture in Detail by Maritz Vandenberg http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/071...8223655-2797415 Case Study Houses by Elizabeth Smith and Peter Goessel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...ce&s=books&st=* Eichler Homes: Design for Living by Jerry Ditto, Lanning Stern and Marvin Wax http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/081...8223655-2797415 Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream by Paul Adamson, Marty Arbunich http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/158...8223655-2797415 The Ranch House by Alan Hess http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/081...8223655-2797415 Palm Springs Weekend: The Architecture and Design of a Midcentury Oasis by by Alan Hess http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/081...8223655-2797415 Palm Springs Modern : Houses in the California Desert by Adele Cygelman http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/084...8223655-2797415 Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses by Elizabeth A. T. Smith http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/026...8223655-2797415 Case Study Houses: 1945-1962 by Esther McCoy http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/091...8223655-2797415 Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture by Alan Hess http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture by Alan Hess http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Southern Californialand: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome by Charles Phoenix http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance A-frame by Chad Randl http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/156...8223655-2797415 Beach Houses: Andrew Geller by Alastair Gordon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons by Alastair Gordon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Florida Modern by Jan Hochstim http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses by Christopher Domin, Joseph T. King http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance California Modern: The Architecture of Craig Ellwood by Neil Jackson http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Raphael Soriano by Wolfgang Wagener http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/071...8223655-2797415 A Quincy Jones by Cory Buckner http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Albert Frey, Architect by Joseph Rosa, David Gebhard http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/156...8223655-2797415 Classic Modern : Midcentury Modern At Home by Deborah K. Dietsch http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Modern Retro: Living With Mid-Century Modern Style by Neil R. Bingham http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Naturally Modern: Creating Interiors with Wood, Leather, Stone, and Natural Fabrics by Ros Byam Shaw http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Living Modern: Bringing Modernism Home by Andrew Weaving, Lisa Freedman, Graham Atkins Hughes http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Retro Modern (Architecture & Design Library) by Lisa Skolnik http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Private Landscapes: Modernist Gardens in Southern California by Pamela Burton, Marie Botnick http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-h...8223655-2797415 Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living by Marc Treib, Dorothee Imbert http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Schindler House by Kathryn Smith http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books The Architecture of R.M. Schindler by Michael Darling, Elizabeth A.T. Smith http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance The Architecture of O'Neil Ford: Celebrating Place by David Dillon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Craig Ellwood. Architecture by Esther McCoy http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books An Eames Primer by Eames Demetrios http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/078...8223655-2797415 Lustron Homes: The History of a Postwar Prefabricated Housing Experiment by Thomas T. Fetters http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Suburban Steel: The Magnificent Failure of the Lustron Corporation, 1945-1951 by Douglas Knerr http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...ce&s=books&st=* Western Ranch Houses by Cliff May by Cliff May, Paul C. Johnson http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/094...8223655-2797415 The American Motel by Michael Karl Witzel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...ce&s=books&st=* The American Drive-In Restaurant by Michael Karl Witzel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance The American Diner by Michael Karl Witzel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance The American Gas Station by Michael Karl Witzel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...g=UTF8&v=glance Julius Shulman: Architecture and Its Photography by Julius Shulman, Peter Gossel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Buff & Hensman by Donald C. Hensman, James Steele, Alex Moseley, Julius Shulman http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books Southern California in the '50s: Sun, Fun and Fantasy by Charles Phoenix http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=glance&s=books
  15. We'll have another in February and I'll post the new date once I have it.
  16. True... it's not quite inside the loop but in Hilshire Village, one of the Memorial area (although north of I-10) villages. That is a good price given the location. Also, Lawyer made quite a name for himself as an architect - not necessarily residential - so that might add something to it. I believe that with a bit of cleaning up, that could be a great house.
  17. Dig the bar area. I'll take a vodka Gibson.
  18. I spotted this on HAR.com today. A high end house, no doubt... The site lists it as being designed by the sole owner/architect. HCAD lists the owner as Frank D. Lawyer. Frank Lawyer, FAIA was a senior designer for Caudill Rowlett Scott and eventually became a senior partner and Sr. VP of the firm. 1030 Glourie Circle in Hilshire Village (Spring Branch)... just west of Wirt. http://www.har.com/search/engine/indexdeta...=0&backButton=Y
  19. It is... a local Chinese family opened the one in Galveston. It was the first Chinese restaurant on the island.
  20. Houston Mod is all for preserving art deco, streamline moderne, etc. Absolutely.
  21. I would say that houses in Sugarland aren't McMansions... they're just bland and generic tract houses - completely boring neighborhoods. Very mundane. McMansions are what oyu find in Braes Heights, Bellaire, Briarcroft, Briargrove... they're popping up all over the place, displacing ranch houses, modern homes and otherwise normal houses.
  22. Great insight... thanks for digging that up for us.
  23. Sweet... I might be interested in that.
  24. Can you post a picture?
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