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  1. My instant thought was The Munsters! 1313 Mockingbird Lane. http://www.classictvhits.com/munsters/house.html
  2. 1313 Mockingbird Lane. "one-way-in and one-way-out street that dead ends into a beautiful large culdesac over the Bayou." That one way in and out street ends in a cul de sac full of town homes. Sounds like it would be crowded every day getting out of your little street.
  3. Sorry, I don't always take good notes when I go "chronicle diving". I have no idea what the date on that article was. Must have been early 50s, as if that narrows it down. I made the copy for the rendering of the Gonzalez House! Of course Ben reads all around the rest of the page and sees more cool stuff.
  4. Here's a quick update on the April 25 tour. We will be visiting the interiors of the following houses: Weintraub Jenkins 2 Barnes Godine AND the exteriors of these: Ginzbarg ("peek in") Brier ("peek in") Guarino Huvard Parade of Homes House Jenkins 3 Parc IV & V Apartments (if time permits) Knight (if time permits) The tour will be a very packed 3 hours of fun on a bus and at the houses with fellow modern enthusiasts. RSVP to info@houstonmod.org with your choice of 10am or 2pm - about half the slots are spoken for already. Don't wait to RSVP! RSVP now and pay by check through the mail. The book will be $15 at the tour, and then $20 after that. Thanks, Jason
  5. Are there things you can reuse? It might help you to economize if you can reuse some of your wood. Then again, I haven't seen it. When we do our kitchen, I'm going to try to reuse as much of the old kitchen cabinets as possible. They're in good shape, but are just boring. Part of the doors have a faux wood grain look to them. I'm hoping to get rid of that entirely. If I were to completely restore my kitchen to the original specs, it would give me about half the cabinet space that I have now. The original owner wanted more and more cabinet space so she tore out all the old stuff. I would have to be better organized, but we would manage. There's too much junk in the junk drawers and a cabinet full of plastic bags that should go to be recycled. There's a lot of talk about kitchens on lottaliving.com. Some people like ikea there. Ikea is certainly more modern than home depot. Jason
  6. Do I curse you or thank you? This is my new drug and you are my dealer. Between this and https://www.historicaerials.com my free time is gone. Ha, ha - anyway - great find! This should obviously be linked by Houston Mod. We need to figure out if one can share his "lightbox" with others. It would make things easier to name the lightboxes and share them. I even feel like I would love to buy some of these and feature them framed in my home.
  7. We got in. The realtor says the family would love to see the house saved, but that just doesn't happen these days in that neighborhood. You should see the monster going up across the street. Here's the living room. I believe the room outside was taken in as a sun room. Here's the dining room. Cool Pella accordian door Classic window Bathroom, all original Front Door. My next door neighbor has a front door similar to this. In conclusion, I felt like there was an excellent chance this was a Bill Jenkins design, but no one knows for sure. The owners were not the original owners, having moved there in the early 70s. Tracking down original owners sons/daughters could be done, at least maybe if they have unusual last names... There was even what looked like it could have been a possible pond that had been filled in with quikcrete. It felt like a sister house to my own house in some ways. I hope if (when) it does get torn down, they will let me salvage some of the original fixtures.
  8. That's one of the most depressing things I've heard in awhile! Maybe the realtor will be receptive to my passion/obsession and let us in. Thanks for the info. This will likely be less productive than I hoped. But at least there are lots of windows. Jason
  9. In my Jenkins research I found this little street. Turns out 11718 Longleaf was by Jenkins but was either torn down or altered and "remodeled" in 1982 according to HCAD. When I went over there I found this house as well thinking it could be Jenkins or Floyd. I mailed the owners of both houses last year but got no reply. Today on a whim I typed longleaf into HCAD and sure enough this house came up. Not a lot of pictures, definite teardown possibility, especially considering the listing. I may drop everything tomorrow to get a look at it if I can get a realtor friend to meet me over there. http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y
  10. Just thinking about this house today. It's down to $850K now. That seems like a pretty good deal to me.
  11. Thanks for this! I've never seen that article. Reminds me I should scan some things in... Someday. Jason
  12. I got this in my email box this morning and thought I'd share. Mod Squad and former Mod Squad members are having their houses shown on the tour this year. It should be excellent. As many of you may already be aware, this year RDA's annual architecture tour will feature 9 houses under 2000 square feet. The tour will be held on March 28-29 from 1-6 each day. Visit rda.rice.edu for more information about the tour. In collaboration with the tour, we will be holding a Civic Forum next Thursday, March 19th, to discuss some of the challenges and rewards of building small. Representatives from the mortgage banking, development, and government sectors will discuss some of the issues that necessitate the trend towards smaller, more efficient houses. Architects and homeowners participating on the tour will be in the audience to ask questions and stimulate discussion related to their own projects. This event (as with all our Civic Forum events) is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Brown Auditorium, MFA,H at 7 pm. We hope to see you on the 19th, and again on the tour!
  13. Ha ha, if it's in Robindell, just call it a William Floyd and no one will argue with you. That's my over-simplistic view of it. There are a dozen houses in Robindell that I want to know the architect of. I know 2 are possibly Jenkins, including the one next door to this one that's for sale and one on Reamer, but I don't know anything else about those houses... There are a couple on Braeswood at the entry to the subdivision that really catch the eye. It won't be easy to find out the details unless there are some oldies with good memories over there. Oldies, is that politically incorrect? Jason
  14. The neighbor a few doors down from me has this. It was brand new and got torn down by Ike. They replaced it with the same stuff. I think it is hideous, but to each his/her own. Even before Ike, some of the panels got knocked down. I guess the installation wasn't done properly. I also wonder if it will show dirt really easily as well. Jason
  15. The help will be much appreciated. Do you work there over the summer too? If so we can definitely collaborate. Another thing that would be great would be an archive of all the Houston houses that appeared in all those magazines. I've got a bunch of xerox copies that I've found over the last couple of summers. Most of mine were found through that big green Avery index, but I know that's not all that's out there. The reason all my research isn't on our website yet is just time and sometimes a lack of vintage photos. We need to pay our respects to more of the "lost moderns", but time has been a factor. We also worry a little about copyright, but I don't think it will be that big a deal. If someone wants us to take an old photo down we will. Thanks for the offer! Jason
  16. Whoa! I was just at the house yesterday to talk to the owner again about our tour (April 25, RSVP to me!). For this house we will do an exterior tour and walk around the back of the house. It has seen some changes, but it is still great. Jason
  17. OK, dudes. I just looked up historicalaerials.com. I'd never heard of it until recently. I am officially addicted. There's a place on Stella Link called The Positive Image where I bought a print of a photo of Willowbend in 1959 that is a great resource for this kind of thing, but involves a lot of digging and help from the owners there, where this you can just browse. Thanks for the link! Jason
  18. The new Cite magazine has an article on the Jack Tar Motor Inn in Galveston that had an addition by Price.
  19. Houston Mod is looking for volunteers who have the time to search out plans and architects there in Meyerland. It will be my main project this summer. I've got a growing list of addresses that will be researched. My other project is to scan in vintage magazine photos to share. Jason
  20. Any clue on the architect? It's not on memorialbendarchitecture.com This house looks well taken care of, but it does straddle the line. A lot of modern types may not find it modern enough and the traditionals may find it too modern. I see potential in it, but I would be hard-pressed to undo all that's been done. Jason
  21. Thank you, Ben!!! This document really pulls it all together! WOW! I didn't expect to find this today. I just came across the ad for this apartment complex when I was researching at Rice in the microforms. If you're driving down Richmond, it's worth a trip down Cummins just to see the place. If you have a good imagination and squint, you can envision what once was. Jenkins (or at least his firm) designed the apartments down the street, and there are lots of other small mod buildings around that area to see. I didn't read closely enough to note if you mentioned it, but Cite Magazine had a good article way back on Houston Organic Architects, and there's something in the Cite Book, but this is even more thorough. I made a copy and can find it in my files. Jason The Triton 101 Apartments
  22. Thanks for making this an important topic! This house was on the AIA tour, but I don't know if that's what you're talking about. I'd recommend them as well. http://www.mc2architects.com/residential/johnson.htm And don't forget... Stern & Bucek http://www.sternbucek.com/ Carlos Jimenez http://carlosjimenezstudio.com/
  23. Ben - great rundown and list! My first reaction is to say I wouldn't want to see new construction in these areas if possible. There are plenty of amazing houses already standing in Meyerland. But if you find a lot already scraped then I guess you can't go backwards anyway. M+A will build my house if I ever have the desire to leave my current home (not likely). I also really liked the Strasser/Ragni on the last AIA tour. That house was beautiful. MC2 (is that right?) are also fantastic at modern. Are you going to be in town at the end of March? If you go on the RDA tour this year you will probably find several architects you like. Could we have a "sticky" with Ben's info at the top of the forum? We do see this type of question quite a bit. Jason
  24. I would love to buy this house and land. I would love to own 3 acres (to retire on), even in that part of Pearland. I just love the idea of owning a big property like that. But we are weary of our commute as it is and we're in Willowbend! 10 minute drive to drop my wife off at the Galleria and 20 more down to Sugar Land against traffic where I work and that's about my limit for driving. We're doing it all with one car right now. Talk about living in the 50s... I've got my fingers crossed for this house. I bet if one did some digging they would find a good story behind this house, possibly with the name Floyd attached. Or maybe it's one of those magazine houses, like a Better Homes plan book house. Jason
  25. Hi all, I will post more info about the William R. Jenkins home tour here in the near future, but I just wanted to start the thread now to tell you all to make sure you save the date. If you've been missing my presence on the boards lately, this is why. I've been pretty consumed with this tour and book. Here are the basics: On April 25th, during the Lawndale Modern Market, Houston Mod will be renting a bus and driving to many of William R. Jenkins early houses. Some of these houses will be open for the first time. Some will be open for the first time in years. Some will be exterior tours and some will be interior. The tour will last about 3 hours. Refreshments will be served at the final home on the tour (10920 Willowisp). A full color publication discussing Jenkins and the houses (with new photographs by Benjamin Hill) will be available for $15. Tour: Member price = $20 Non-Member price = $30 Join Houston Mod at the individual rate, get the book and take the tour = $60 Payments will be accepted through paypal or by cash or credit at our functions leading up to the date. Space will be limited so make sure you reserve your spots by emailing info@houstonmod.org. I'm hoping for full participation from each and every one of you! Jason
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