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  1. It's been a bad couple of years for the architectural works of Mr. Frank Lawyer. Bulldozers and remodelers started to mess with one of his most important works, Cypress College in Cypress, CA, where they eliminated many of the concrete railings and walkways that interlinked the structures into a unified whole. I'm not sure if more was done, because its been about 9 months since I've been by there. I drove by Mr. Lawyer's Houston house today and noticed that the new owners had painted the entire thing, bricks and all, in a pale grey. The carport / porte cochere has been enclosed with paint
  2. Cool house. Appears the original owner was a local physician. From the web: Dr. Gildenberg practices Neurosurgery in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gildenberg graduated from the Temple University School Of Med Philadelphia with an MD and has been in the profession for 48 years.
  3. The story I heard was O'Quinn bought this house for the use of one of his employees, the caretaker of his car collection. There used to be nice cars parked out front frequently. The guy lived in the house until it was discovered that he was embezzling money from O'Quinn's coffers. There was a messy trial, etc. Sometime after the guy went to jail and while the house sat empty, the roof failed. Apparently the failure was in many areas and went un-noticed for months. By then, the damage was done. It will be really sad to see this one go. It's truly a phenomenal house.
  4. The new owners did a fantastic job with the restoration. The terrazzo floors gleam throughout the house. The removal of the rotted wood decking off the patio is a real improvement. The cabinets, counters and door hardware are all original and in pristine condition. Even the walk-in closet made from the fourth bedroom is a plus. The new landscaping coordinates the house, accenting its strong features and hiding some flaws (like the lattice work screens in the "porch" outside the kitchen). Somebody will snap this one up quick!
  5. Feel free to PM me for free advice. I still hold my irrigation contracting license in TX, but don't work as a contractor anymore (except to give advice and help with the shovel to my neighbors!)
  6. The house is already gone, nothing but dirt and a couple of trees on the lot. Houston loses another piece of its history.
  7. The grand piano pool sits behind a dentist's office. I believe the dentist lived in the big house and had his office adjacent in the building immediately above the pool. Maybe he was a Liberace fan? I think both the office and the house are currently vacant. The whole parcel was listed for sale recently, perhaps for multi-family development like townhomes or condos.
  8. Bravo. Love the door, love the color, love the hardware. Enjoy the quiet.
  9. It appears from the outside that they have accomplished a lot of remodeling with this house in the last year. It must have been a real showplace when first built. Good overall lines and lots of windows in the main living areas. Plentiful skylights. Terrazzo. The floor plan is unique with the master suite on one side and the other bedrooms on the opposite. In the last year, looks like they added some new cabinet fronts and knobs in the kitchen and on other built-ins, replaced all of the light fixtures with rifts on 1990s modern or "mission style" and then dipped the entire house into a
  10. The koi pond in the front is really just a piece of liner in a hole - nothing special. The house has SEVERE foundation issues. You can see that everything is out of level even from the street. Huge cracks in the bedroom walls and ceilings as well as in the exterior masonry walls. Both bathrooms need to be redone (both tubs rusted through, vanity sinks in bad shape). Roof leaks in numerous places and mold for sure in certain walls, floor areas and cabinets. Rotten beams on exterior hidden somewhat by aluminum siding. Rotten rear door onto patio. Strange "improvements" in the
  11. Okay, if that's the February remuddle of the month, I have a nominee for March: 4114 North Braeswood, an open plan, 1965 mid-century modern with soaring ceilings, cove lighting and terrazzo throughout. The remuddlers covered the terrazzo with horrible stone tile, installed a Home Depot kitchen (forcing an island into a space designed for a U-shape), tore out all of the bathrooms, replaced sliders with french doors, and tacked up crown molding in every room. In the terrazzo that was saved, the cut out squares and "inlaid" marble tiles that aren't level with the rest of the floor. (they di
  12. New to Houston and looking for great restaurants that a single guy with a limited budget should check out. I'm not a good cook and fast food is getting old. Inner loop preferred. I'm in Meyerland. Thanks!
  13. The "Disney Streets" area north of Royal - streets with names like "Snow White" and "Pinnochio" - mods mixed with tradional. RPS has mentioned the Better Homes and Garden house in Houston. The Dallas version is on Cinderella in bad shape. Also another area of mixed design Northeast of Preston and Alpha, enter on a street called Danvers. The big names are Frank Lloyd Wright John A. Gillin House mid-1950s 9400 Rockbrook Edward Durrell Stone - residence - not sure of address
  14. I went today to take some pictures of this gem. I encourage everyone to go for a look and a walk around the perimeter before it is gone. Buildings like this one come along so rarely. Pasadena will not be the same without it. It's probably the only decent building in the town. I'm sure there is a story behind its construction - enlightened management of the bank providing an architectural gift to the local city or something of the sort. The exterior details are well worth the extra attention. Note the 1963 plaque near the entrance with the names of the architects in a little squa
  15. A relay-based system using low voltage controls is on the right track. I think this is a GE product. Similar systems were regularly installed in commercial buildings with a slightly different control panel. I would bring the photos to a local wholesale electrical supply warehouse. WESCO and Consolidated Electric are two of the national chains. The guys at the counter can usually tell you what the product is and how to go about fixing it. (although in some cases they won't sell the product direct to a homeowner) My guess is this style is not in production. The 1980's version I
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