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  1. Back in danger of demolition again. The contractors have come to do the asbestos removal. The site is re-fenced, portacans and job trailers in place. Demolition next?
  2. Mr. Lee worked for MacKie and Kamrath for a brief 3-4 year period. This house exhibits many of the details he would have learned while in their employ. It's remarkable how many of the details carried over, considering this house was designed some 20+ years later. Lee went on to be an architect of primarily reinforced concrete warehosue structures.
  3. Travelodge went from being a family-owned business to being simply a "franchise brand" that is applied to any mediocre roadside place that's wiling to pay the franchise fee.
  4. Google "Sea Ranch". That sort of started this style. It was very much in vogue in the 70's.
  5. It was clear from the bad remodel that the owners did not understand what they owned. Shame on them for walking this one down the path to destruction.
  6. sdmarc

    Houston Googie?

    The Meadowcreek Village shelter was designed by Raymond Brogniez, who graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Design under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer.
  7. Too bad they covered all of the terrazzo with that wood plank floor. It was beautiful. The exterior matches the "Frank Lloyd Wright inspired" text in the listing, the interior... not so much.
  8. Event page has more photos: http://tinyurl.com/GBVtour
  9. I switched to Amica as well, leaving Farmers. Homeowners was less expensive for same coverages. And truck insurance was half the price of Farmers and still lower than Geico.
  10. Haven't seen the movie, but it was in the architectural press that Tom Ford had used John Lautner's Schaffer Residence in the film. You can google that name for images of the interior and exterior. http://www.johnlautner.org/wp/?p=277 The house is early Lautner, so still somewhat influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  11. NDS provides a lot of consumer information on drainage projects http://www.ndspro.com/about-us/what-we-do/residential-stormwater-management/
  12. Lewis S. Maguire also designed Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, a Wright-influenced building with lots of horizontal lines, in 1964. The 1962 AIA directory lists his principal works as elementary schools: Pomeroy, Jackson (Jr High) and Williams in Pasadena. Hambrick Jr High in Houston.
  13. yeah, sorry for the double-barreled question. what's a cheap place for posters? and what's a good place for nice stuff?
  14. Looking for a reasonably-priced framing shop that can do some posters inexpensively as well as some nicer art works. Suggestions?
  15. How do you know the "old system" is no longer in service? The pink "new" system, appears to be done correctly for a retrofit.
  16. None of either on my flat roof. Try Farmers Insurance.
  17. Consider the townhouse condos in nearby Meadowcreek Village. Much better area. Quiet, well-maintained complex. http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cfm?mlnum=70046893&backButton=Y&Address=5100%20Allendale%20Rd%20502
  18. The Rowan house is really nice. I think the immediate neighborhood is not too bad. The shopping is a bit down-market, but that's true in many of the better mid-century areas. The house itself is in immaculate condition, needing only minor updates to be a showplace. The original details that made it a model home are still mostly there. Its a step or two above the traditional mid-century tract house. The current owners have too much furniture for the space and too many window coverings blocking the expanses of glass. Look beyond those things at the opportunity! A buyer with vision and a little touch-up paint would get a bargain at $140K.
  19. Houston Mod presents its 4th architectural exhibition entitled Endangered Modern: The Real Story. The exhibit will open with a public reception on July 9, 2009 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. It will be held at the galleries of the Houston AIA / Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capital #120 and will run through August 28, 2009. The exhibit aims to create a greater understanding of the threats to architecturally significant structures that ultimately lead to their destruction and loss. Nearly a dozen significant modern architectural landmarks that face potential demolition or destruction are detailed with both historic information and current photographs.
  20. State income taxes of 9.3% in California kick in quickly for anyone with a decent salary. State income taxes in Texas = 0% This is why it costs $2,000 to rent a UHaul from LA to Houston, but only $300 from Houston to LA. And California is essentially bankrupt, so high taxes and low services.
  21. Probably the best category to describe most of those elements is Googie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googie_architecture A good example in Houston is the Penguin Arms Apartments http://www.houstonmod.org/bldg_detail.asp?...ngered&ss=2
  22. The correct URLs were included in the Houston Mod e-mail alert. You can subscribe here: http://www.houstonmod.org/subscribe.asp http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y
  23. Bump for last day. Exhibit open Friday 10-5.
  24. Very nice house with tasteful, well-done remodel, not a flipper. In the posh part of Glenbrook too. Looking forward to the open house.
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