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  1. 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.

  2. I made an offer on this house that included the option to restrict the deed so that it could not be demolished or substantially remodeled. The sellers did not care because the Realtor told me they have a standing offer at $750,000 from someone who wants to tear it down... looks like they just waited for the offer to go up $50,000.

    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.

  3. Is that this little guy?



    The Delmar Field House is also mentioned:

    "(1958) Milton McGinty

    The thin-shell paraboloid roof canopy of this gymnasium represents a comparatively rare local use of a technology that was quite popular in American architecture during the late 1950s and early 1960s."

    The Meadowcreek Village shelter was designed by Raymond Brogniez, who graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Design under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer.

  4. Anyone seen the recent movie "A Single Man." It's set in 1962 and features a very cool mod house in Los Angeles. Colin Firth's main character mentions that's it's "in the canyon," presumably Laurel, and that his deceased partner "was an architect." I don't think it was a set, it looked too real and too detailed to be anything other than a true location shot. Didn't see anything in the credits but wondering if the house has any pedigree or simply another of the numerous cool LA homes of the era.

    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.

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  5. Does anyone have any information on Lewis S. Maguire who was an architect - engineer who designed and built at least one mod in Glenbrook Valley in 1957. On the original plans for the house, his office address was 4211 Leeland.

    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.

  6. maybe as a peace offering you should offer the insurance agent a gross of pine needles as mulch. this being houston, there's likely lots of them sitting up on your roof. the standing water has already accelerated the decaying process.

    None of either on my flat roof. Try Farmers Insurance.

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  7. My wife and I really liked the house on Rowan. The owners were very nice and the house appears to be in quite good condition. We also liked the fact that they hadn't remodeled the house. Too bad its in Sharpstownsad.gif. Could somebody please give me a brief history of what happened to cause Sharpstown's decline. I really know very little about the area except that it was nice when new and now it isn't.

    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.

  8. 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.


  9. Here's the biggest surprise:

    Homeowners in Los Angeles, on a median home price of $390k actually pay LESS property tax than homeowners in Houston with a median home price of $190k. Of course, California is all kinds of screwed up, but I was very surprised to find out how much less tax the city collects as compared to Houston. I wonder where they make up the difference?

    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.

  10. 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.


    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!



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