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  1. View this email in your browser MAY Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, May 17th for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2:00-4:00 PM. Masks are required to be worn for this event. Please resist touching surfaces and maintain 6 feet of social distancing Please help find new preservation-minded owners for these vintage modern houses in the Glenbrook Valley Historic District, located approximately 8 miles southeast of downtown Houston. In 2011, after a three year struggle, the neighborhood of 1,256 houses was designated the city's first historic district outside of the loop 610 freeway and is believed to be the largest mid-century era residential historic district in the United States. It is within Harris County and served by the Houston Independent School District. While visiting, note the recent nifty vintage-styled neighborhood entrance markers, extensively landscaped recreational medians along Broadway and the many newly reconstructed streets with new utilities throughout the area. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 8126 Glen Valley Drive, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map This substantial 1955 mod-leaning ranch style house, complete with a separate guest house, is located on a one third plus acre site in one of the best shaded areas of the Glenbrook Valley Historic District. Note the deluxe roman brick exterior, spacious room sizes, ribbed glass kitchen cabinet doors and vintage baths with pristine vintage tile. This house will be open until five PM on Sunday. 7814 Santa Elena Street, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map The family who built this house in 1958 still owns it and remembers it was designed by an architect. Hopefully this information can be verified. Other attributes, like its prominent location on one of the areas most attractive streets loaded with other great houses, are undisputable. Many of the original elements and finishes remain intact so the vintage mid-century design intent is evident. Note the abundance of unpainted wood and custom cabinetry, deluxe bathrooms, unpainted interior brick walls, vintage colored concrete floors and some original light fixtures. If you have more information about these, or other vintage modern houses and/or architects, please contact Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our new website. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. After Alden: Midcentury Architecture in Brazosport, Texas, Houston Mod's new publication by Marty Merritt with a forward by Stephen Fox and photography by Benjamin Hill, will be available at Sunday's event along with our other publications. Or, you may purchase a copy online at our website. More Mod News Here's an affordable mod in El Campo, an hour outside of Houston: 1923 N Wharton Street. Research the History of Your House: Virtual Workshop by Preservation Houston and the Houston Public Library Thursday, May 27, 2021, 6:30 PM CLICK LINK: https://preservationhouston.org/calendar/2021/5/27/virtual-workshop Houston Mod is a friend organization of Docomomo US, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement. Docomomo US has been dedicated to this mission for nearly 25 years as a chapter of Docomomo International. A single Docomomo US Domestic membership may be added to any Houston Mod membership for the 50% discounted Friend Organization rate of $45.00. Update your preferences | Unsubscribe | Become 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. Copyright © 2021 Houston Mod, P.O. Box 541353, Houston, TX 77254, All rights reserved.
  2. October Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, October 29, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these vintage modern houses located in the Memorial area, about 12 miles west of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 419 Isolde Drive, Memorial Bend, Houston, TX 77024 HAR Link http://www.har.com/419-isolde/sale_43615922 The Memorial Bend area includes one of Houston's greatest concentrations of architect-designed vintage modern houses. Early promotions for the area proclaimed it had more good contemporaries than any other subdivision in Houston. This circa 1959 flat-roofed house was designed by architect William Floyd in his trademark handsomely restrained manner. It has been carefully maintained and thoughtfully enlarged by its architect-owner. Unfortunately, it recently flooded, for the first time. William Norman Floyd (1910-2004) was from Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He moved to Houston after World War II and designed hundreds of modern houses for a number of subdivisions. He became an early investor in Memorial Bend and designed 50 of its houses. Many of his designs were published locally and nationally. Several architects, past and present, chose to live in houses in this area. More Mods of Interest Available in the Area: 430 Faust Lane, Memorial Bend, 77024 - stop and take a look inside through the windows 12922 Figaro Drive, Memorial Bend, 77024 - drive-by 12815 Hansel Drive, Memorial Bend, 77024 - drive-by 311 Gershwin Drive, Memorial Glen, 77079 - drive-by Learn more about the area at The Architecture of Memorial Bend website created by Houston Mod co-founder Michael Brichford. This rich online resource features researched information about the neighborhood along with addresses of the vintage modern houses, making an area tour an enlightening experience. If you have more information about these houses, architects, or others in the area, please inform Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our website. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. Our newest publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones ,by Ben Koush, is now available. Memberships and publications make excellent gifts! The 2017 Houston Mod Preservation Awards will be presented at the Houston Mod Holiday Party on December 9th, hosted at a significant house designed by architects MacKie & Kamrath. Ensure your membership is current to receive an invitation to this can't miss event! We hope to see you at Mod of the Month.
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