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  1. I was not aware of this demolition. I've been out of the loop on the topic lately due to work and travel, but this one really upsets me. Quite honestly, I would have thought this house was worth a $million more than it was. Who was the architect? My guide is missing...

  2. If we're talking Miami Vice-esque 80's contemporary, Memorial is the hot-spot. There is one in Sherwood Forest, and another neat the Memorial/San Felipe fork. There are also some cool Arquitectonica-designed houses hither and yon in Montrose and Camp Logan.

  3. I was fortunate enough to visit this house a few years ago. One of the more recent owners is a modernist house collector (Lautner, Levitt, Neutra, Ellwood, Kappe, etc - so lucky!) who makes sure that all of his properties reach protected landmark status. This was his fist project, so the house should be just fine.

  4. I'm thinking the goal here for Shade House was to use a green concept called Xeriscape. The concept is to use plants that will successfully grow in the region, requiring minimum maintenance. If you don't have to water the yard, there is one resource that is being conserved. If you don't have to mow, there is another (no pollution from lawnmowers and no energy used to maintain the mower either.) One may generally consider the oxygen emitted from a lush, green lawn to be more environmentally positive, but the energy and pollution caused by upkeep erases that positive aspect.

    Links on Xeriscape:



  5. Many of the modern houses in River Oaks from this time (though there aren't a ton) are decorated in this style. This house is definitely an example of "the look." I described it as a great example, and by great I mean that it does a great job of explaining the look of that area, not that it is great as in appealing. I think that it is largely influenced by how the de Menils furnished their home, and many wealthy Houstonians tried to achieve a similar look. This is a nice house, but I agree, the interiors as is are not of my taste. There is another mid century modern home for sale in Glen Cove, done up similarly. My feelings are the same about it.

    I agree that there are better homes, but it's not a pile of dirt, either.

  6. Well, technically Ford himself didn't design it. According to Fox in the guide, Chris Carson designed it, but O'neil Ford was never the primary designer in many of the projects he did. He was the guy that went out and got the work.

    I see. Well this is often the case with architects who carry a great deal of name recognition.

  7. Mediterrainiuscan shingles everywhere! BARF!!!!! Of all the styles, why run THIS one into the ground?

    Agreed. The problem is that I can appreciate a REAL old Tuscan or Spanish home, or even a new one that has accurate detail. Around River Oaks there are a few examples of great 1930's homes in the style that are wonderful. But when Tuscan, Mediterranean, and Spanish are all morphed into one....ugh. At least it's not as ugly as the dark red brick Georgian style craze of the 90's, complete with hunter green carpet and mauve furniture.

    But our neighborhoods are starting to look like Orange County, CA.

  8. The house is owned by Christopher's parents. Christopher is now on is own here in Houston under Robertson Design (as you saw from the link).

    He is an amazing architect and has unbelievable range. From the grandeur of his parents home to the "affordable" houses he did while still at KRDB (They were published in Dwell a few years ago with the Cedar Street project.)

    My business partner and I have been working with Christopher for two years to design efficient spaces using Shipping Containers as exterior structure. He is truly one of the most gifted men I've ever known. We broke ground yesterday on the Cordell House, an 1858 sq ft. single family residence using Shipping Containers, Structural Insulated Panels and many other green products. The house will be LEED certified platinum. Due to the modular nature of the design, we are scheduled to complete the house by Thanksgiving. We are incredibly excited about bringing this vision to fruition.

    Our website is in its infancy, but if you are a fan of Christopher's work, please check our progress (We'll be quadrupling content over the next month.) and/or come visit us at the jobsite.


    Katie Nichols

    I cannot tell you how excited that I am to see this going on in our area. I am a design student, and this is the kind of work that really inspires me. I'm planning on getting my LEED certification as soon as I can. Kudos to you, I will be following your project [probably obsessively.]

  9. Though I don't care so much about the schools, from a search engine standpoint, this is another piece of info that someone outside HAIF might find interesting. For better or worse, we stopped focusing exclusively on architecture a long time ago, LOL.

    Besides, everyone on here has their role at HAIF. There are the preservationists, anti-zoners, rail lovers, real estate insiders, etc. Vic happens to be the school zoning guy :).

    Good point, though, guiltily, I've also always wondered why the school zones are always posted. But I just chuckle and move on.

    The school zoning doesn't help me, but may help someone else.

  10. Wow, I too had this depressing bike ride. We must ride the same route. I noticed this last Thursday, I was riding by the Waverly Ct. while the final demolition was happening. I got nice and muddy from that ordeal, actually. That house was a neat place, but it's poor state did make it an eyesore, and I heard that it had issues, which I would have loved to have seen taken care of. Hopefully it will be a model for the new project that will come up!

  11. At least you got to see the 500th.

    Here's a really amatuer drawing I just did of my house, but it's actually a good representation of what it looks like from the street. I don't know what style it is because it doesn't seem to have one. Built in 1960. I have a picture at home.


    Well, you have a very cool house. If it looks like your rendering, with a band of steel at the top along the roofline, your house can be classified as having Miesian influence. Is there exposed steel framing? Do you know who designed it? Could be Jenkins, Taylor, Barnstone, or maybe even Todd. I'd love to see photos!

  12. I recently moved to Westmoreland. I think that the area has all of the character that you can wish for, especially in Houston. Pretty much anything/everything is available within reasonable distance, and the residents are a great mix of people. I'm with everybody else on the fact that some of the street people are shady. Four days ago I parked in front of my gate on the street, so that I could run inside my house really quick, then go again. I had 3 (really nice) bikes on the back of my vehicle, locked up. I went inside for 5 minutes, came back out, the lock had been cut and the bikes gone. Thank goodness for insurance! I'm sure that they are now either at a pawn shop or inside the courtyard of Skylane Apartments. Those apartments are the only thing in the area that bugs me. Otherwise I would consider the area pretty safe, especially because living in the very inner city there will be petty street crimes that occur. I previously lived downtown for three years, and then in the warehouse district for two. So for me, it's nice to be able to walk places and not get pestered. And of course the fact that I look out of my windows and see something green is nice, too.

    I'm familiar with the house...errr Casa Gato... that you linked on Taft, I pass it regularly. What an eccentric place! I think that with some work, it could be a pretty cool place to live. It certainly needs some paint and a carpenter. The louvered millwork everywhere is really odd. But I really like where it is, and the privacy it affords.

  13. While I really respect all the hard work you did,in all honesty the majority of these houses are so boring.Not very much imagination involved. What is this new fASCINATION with mod,I'M serious I don't get it.
    The fascination is not new at all. It started to re-surface in the mid 90's, and here in Houston, individuals were really back into mid-century modern in the late 90's. I'll agree with you that many of them are boring. Some of them are just down right bad. But if you look into any category or style, such as mediterranean, you will see really bad and really good. Don't even get me started on the faux French here in Houston, I've seen this done well but more often not. But many of the moderns are so very good...brilliant, actually. I definitely disagree with you saying that no imagination is involved. I don't mind you disliking it, but saying that they have no imagination just means that you aren't completely informed about the subject. The idea of using planes, lines, shape, and voids is just as inventive and imaginative as using ornamentation, often times more so. A great deal of modern detail involves taking something familiar, like nature, and abstracting the form. You really need to go visit the Schindler house in Los Angeles, or even just take a drive down Tiel Way here in Houston (see the Mackie/Kamraths.) You'll see that while they might not be of your taste, that what they have done certainly involves imagination.The real deal is that liking good architecture includes the appreciation of other styles. I tend to focus more on modern, but take me to a 1930's Tudor and I'm just as much in awe. That's what it's like to really love design.
    One more thing, a lot of modern houses like are intentionally deceptive from the facade. They are private from the front and their flash is often on the back of the house. I have a great sense of anticipation when going into a mod for the first time, just wondering what is going to present itself.Jason
    I think this is a great point. The "scream" house on Glenview is the best example of this that I can think of in Houston. A simple, white curved wall, with a complicated curvilinear glass and steel structure lies behind the wall.
  14. Thanks for ruining my day.

    This was the mod of the month at one time, right? It was open one day after work but it rained and I didn't go.

    Man, what is going on!? They either get torn down or jacked up beyond recognition! Don't people understand how HOT these houses are in California? Well, I'm sure they are tearing a lot of them down there too...


    Yep, this was the that mod of the month house. Wow, it looks nothing like it did!?!

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