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  1. I don't know. There is a Joe Krakower house on Glen Arbor, along with a Wylie W. Vale at the corner of Glen Arbor & Braeswood. This is the "island" where the two Krakower/Greene houses sit.

    Is the Vale designed house the one with the flat roof that is painted white? Willowisp and I have been wondering who designed that place for a long, long time...

  2. Check out this massive Ranchero Deluxe on Glen Arbor. Looks like something from Glenbrook Valley.



    Is this the one that is steadily decaying? I've wondered who designed this as well. There are several really cool houses on this street. I especially love the white place with the flat roof on the West corner of this street and Braeswood.

  3. Nice... and I mean r-e-a-l-l-y nice images of the Singleton House -- real estate staging shots: http://www.architectureforsale.com/printab...p?property_ID=9

    Yeah I've seen these nicer, though less honest shots of this house. It's a not quite as cleaned up in person. I just love the shots from the Meyler and Co location scouts because they show a lot of views of the house that people wouldn't be able to see otherwise. But the real estate shots are definitely more flattering :D

  4. Wow I was really surprised to see the home that was linked. I've been to this house once before. Early last year, actually. I love the part of Coldwater Canyon where it is located. I think it is a really great example of keeping a nice (tasteful) modern aesthetic even though it is significantly different from the original. And it lacks that kitsch that many of the MCM houses have in Trousdale Estates (a nearby concentration of 50's homes in Beverly Hills.) For me, preservation is certainly very important, because I fear for a great deal of MCM architecture's future. But with that fear there is a little bit of excitement, because we are fortunate enough to have amazing resources in this day. Many concepts that architects only wished for in the past can now be expanded upon. I love this discussion because it really is such an important topic with the MCM approaching an age to which they may be considered historic. I completely respect the mindset of a purist, though I am not one. A lot of the materials used in that time really were not that great, and similar looks can be achieved by using newer or more luxe materials. As long as a home is not really historically significant, even though it may be old, I don't see a problem with a respectful update. After all, the owners have to live there. A home does not have to be a museum. I think Houston has great examples of the good, the bad and the ugly as far as this topic is concerned. A home such as the Menil house really needs to be preserved as it is. Wiring, plumbing, etc certainly need to be adapted, but the look of the home should stay intact. The Maher house by Barnstone is an example of what should not have been done. We are talking about a record house that now looks like a french/italian/generic home which has really vigorous modern bones.

    Though following homes are not in Houston I think one serves as a great example of a purist home and the other represents a respectul remodel. They are both by Richard Neutra (my favorite), and I am also fortunate enough to have visited the first linked home when it was for sale a few years back.

    Singleton House, basically untouched, though undergoing a restoration, supposedly with a purist mindset. This home is AMAZING:


    Hees House, which was altered beyond recognition by its original owner and brought back as a "reinterpretation" by it's present owners. Originally the ceilings were natural wood and the bathrooms and kitchen are new but complement the house in a manner of today's style:


  5. A rust color would look really nice, a sort of statement. Sherwin Williams makes three that I like: Pennywise, Red Cent, and Spicy Hue. They also make a color which is cleverly named Window Pane, an ultrasoft bluish white, which would look good. I think that the slate color might sort of sadden the house, and contradict with the cheery 50's ranch look of the home. I'm a big fan of grey (my whole house is grey) but on this place I'm not sure. There is nothing wrong with the white that you currently have, though.

  6. If you're interested, pick up a copy of Julius Shulman's "Architecture and it's photography". There are several photos of Greene's Cunningham house and his own landmark 'Prairie Chicken' House. Book is well worth it.

    I second that. Really ANY Shulman book is a great buy. I especially love his Richard Neutra and Hal Levitt pics.

  7. Good to hear/see! The Tall Timbers section, in my opinion, is one of the coolest places to have a modern house just because of the stately Georgian and French variety that typifies the River Oaks home. It's a nice contrast, and from what can be seen looks like it will be a neat project.

  8. This is quite amusing. I am actually in the process of purchasing 5035 Glenmeadow right next door to this one. It's the one on the left mentioned in Fox's book that was designed by Israel Stein (1962). I'm having trouble finding any information on the house or its architect, though. I know it was designed for the architect's brother, Albert Stein, but I can't find out anything other than that.

    Does anyone know about 5035 Glenmeadow?

    The house is great, and I can't believe I got it. It's in disrepair, though, and it needs a lot love. The house has absolutelly no windows, which is amazing--just a brick wall on three sides, and a wall of glass on the other.

    I love your new house. I was able to see inside of it last summer. , though only the public areas. It is so cool the way you enter an outdoor room, though at the time I visited it was cold, wet, and cave-like it really has the potential to be something great. And I love the way the whole back is glass. You have a lot of work in store for you, best of luck! Keep us updated with pics, etc...

  9. I checked out the Crocker house today. It is really a great house, definitely one of the best new construction residential projects that I've seen locally. The materials palette is nearly identical to what I would have chosen, and I NEVER say that. I want this one!

  10. I'm very passionate about the work of Richard Neutra and preserving it. I know this is a forum for Houston, but if everyone could just take a second to support the preservation of the Neutra designed Cyclorama it would be great. I'm sure many of you know this, but it is being proposed that it be demolished. All you have to do is sign a petition assembled by Dion Neutra, Richard's son.


  11. I've walked by and peeked in there. It is in a nice area. It has some undoing to do though. I guess it's the crown moulding that gets to me. That and I really like the way my saltillo tile looks as opposed to what they say is refinished, I though it was just new tile. It's definitely one of the more interesting houses in the neighborhood though.


    I totally agree on the "undoing"

  12. That was me last year - so hilarious! "Oh, yeah, azaleas, very nice - now look over there. I think I see it, no, can't quite make it out, maybe, ah there's an outline..."

    2 years ago Easter, we were driving by there and they were having an easter egg hunt for charity. If I had kids I would have jumped out of the car and claimed to be invited (nearly did that without the kids).

    Not that it is modern or anything, but did you go on the garden tours? Anything interesting? I was out of town all weekend and missed the whole thing. 2 years ago we toured a house with some incredible modern art, but the house itself was not modern.


    Funny I was just at Bayou Bend last Tuesday and did the same thing. I was more concerned with glimpses of Maher than looking at the home I was visiting. Nice to know I'm not the first!

  13. I will be in Austin for about a week pretty soon, and was wondering if any of you know of any cool mods that I just MUST see. I'm trying to decide if I should devote some time to driving around doing this. Not just MCM, but also some wow-factor new mods, like the new house on Montrose by the Mecom fountain, or the crazy cool newer mod on Friar Tuck. That sort of thing.


  14. From my experience with really dark paint, and I have lots of it in my place, with satin paint in dark colors it seems to fade in sunlight more rapidly than gloss.

    If I remember correctly, Lowbrow, you bought that really cool house in Memorial Bend. If so, the color you chose will look really cool on that house. Great choice. In my opinion since that house has such a heavy texture to the brick, especially those columns around those narrow windows, a semi gloss might give a little depth and contrast that will soften the look of the house. I think that it also wouldn't take away from the period of the house.

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