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October Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, October 23, 2016 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these vintage contemporary houses located in the Meyerland, Westbury and Braes Timbers subdivisions of Houston, about 8 - 10 miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21-23, 2017. 5302 Braesheather Drive, Meyerland, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map Joel Brand, FAIA designed this expansive modern house featuring broad plate glass walls opening to partially walled landscaped gardens from most rooms. Many rooms are fitted with extensive built-in cabinetry. Joel Brand is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Architecture. He became registered to practice in Texas in 1966. He first worked for Howard Barnstone beginning in 1957 and later for Bolton & Barnstone before co-founding Brand & Allen in 1965. Joel Brand worked prolifically in the Houston area before moving to central Texas and later to the west coast. Has your Houston Mod membership expired or would you like to join? Membership signup and renewal will be available at this location, along with Houston Mod publications which make excellent gifts. 4815 Braesvalley Drive, Meyerland, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This house has a unique and inviting floor plan with multiple living areas featuring walls of glass opening to private outdoor spaces. The entry sequence has a Palm Springs feel with a stylish double porte-cochère connecting to a double door entry through cactus-lined court topped with soaring beams. Architect Lars Bang designed the house in 1956. Bang was a 1950 graduate of the University of Houston and first worked for Phillip Willard where he had a hand in designing over one thousand houses. He designed and built the internationally acclaimed Bendit House from 1952 - 1954. He partnered with Lucian Hood until 1959 on several large projects. Bang formed his own firm in 1960 and concentrated mostly on commercial projects for the remainder of his career. 10815 Kit Street, Westbury, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This flat-roofed vintage modern house has a partially covered court yard entry opening to a spacious living area viewing the unusually large park-like back yard. If you know about the history of this house, please share with the information to Houston Mod. 9307 McAvoy Drive, Braes Timbers, Houston, TX 77074 HAR Link | Google Map This house may be on drive-by only status on Sunday. This very attractive contemporary style house was designed by architect Lucian T. Hood, Jr., a 1952 graduate of the University of Houston. Hood was a master at designing picturesque elevations while creating captivating perspective drawings of his projects. Flexible living spaces, complete with brick wall and fireplace, open wide to the expansive views of a giant lot and swimming pool. Hood designed mostly modern architecture until the mid to late 1960's when a demand for more traditional styles necessitated a change. His extensive archives are now preserved at the University of Houston Special Collections library. Sadly, many of his most spectacular modern houses have been demolished and many records have been lost. Upcoming Events Past Forward, The National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference, will be held in Houston, November 15-18, 2016. Attendees will explore how preservation can play a greater role in securing healthier, more sustainable and just cities. Information on special tickets for Houston Mod Members to the Candlelight House Tour will be distributed shortly. Stay tuned for information on Houston Mod's annual member Holiday Party. If you are not a member, join now to guarantee an invitation to the celebration in an incredible modern space. _________________________________________ Do you shop on Amazon? Donate a small percentage of your purchases at no cost to you by adding Houston Mod as your charitable organization of choice at Amazon Smile. Join the Houston Mod Facebook Page and Houston Mod Discussion Forum for more mod-minded fun. Support future Houston Mod events by becoming a member. Houston Mod is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas and advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy, seeking support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.