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  1. Sorry for the delayed post. HAIF was offline when this took place. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, December 30, 2018 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please join us for an open house to help find the perfect tenants for this vintage modern house for lease in the Parkwest neighborhood, located approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 10911 Rampart Street, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This feature-packed 1959 vintage contemporary house was custom built by the parents of its current owner who has respectfully refreshed it to sparkle once again. The design responds to the corner location providing entrances within brick walled courtyards from both streets. Each entry courtyard features perforated brick walls and illuminated landscape features. The U-shaped plan yields a central patio, accessible from several rooms, viewed through an expansive array of plate glass windows in the den. Many original features remain including light fixtures, wood cabinetry and terrazzo floor. The original kitchen has been revived with sensational turquoise-colored retro appliances. Parkwest is a deed-restricted community within the City of Houston and is served by the HISD. There are 956 houses with a median size of 2,200 SF and median 1960 construction date. Several vintage contemporary style houses are generally located on each block. Another Mod of Interest: This home on Sandpiper Drive in the Larkwood neighborhood, located only a few miles from the Parkwest Mod of the Month. The house was featured as a Mod of the Month in 2014, and once again is in need of a mod-minded new owner. See it on Saturday, December 29, 10 AM – 1 PM at an open house hosted by the listing agent, or drive-by Sunday after visiting the Mod of the Month. 8901 Sandpiper Drive, Houston, Texas, 77074 HAR Link | Google Map 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 soon to premier new website. Houston Mod publications and memberships make great gifts and are available online and at events. Our most recent publication, Constructing Houston's Future, The Architecture of Arthur Evan Jones & Lloyd Morgan Jones, by Ben Koush is our gift to you for joining or renewing at the benefactor level or above. Save the Date! Noted architectural historian and Master Mod Stephen Fox is planning the third segment of a mod tour of Texas, this time covering the Corpus Christi area planned for February 15 - 16, 2019. More information will be made available soon.
  2. December Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, December 17, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for two vintage modern houses located in the Braeswood area, about 6 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Both houses were designed by the highly regarded architect Joseph Krakower with assistance from Herb Greene, who later achieved international acclaim with his own practice. The houses are listed in the AIA Houston Architecture Guide. Unfortunately, both houses were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Event parking is available on Glen Arbor as well as on Edloe and Tartan Streets. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 3611 North Braeswood Boulevard, Braes Heights, Houston, Texas 77025 HAR Link | Google Map A triangular theme pervades in this 1958 house designed for the Dr. David Mendell family. Indoor and outdoor seamlessly meld, and portions of the flat roof seem to float above the dramatic fireplace. Outstanding details include the continuous ribbon windows, canted sliding cabinet doors, angled roof supports, upturned roof corners, and triangular-shaped wood siding elements. The spacious layout includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms plus a tropically landscaped swimming pool. This is a stunningly attractive creation. 3615 North Braeswood Boulevard, Braes Heights, Houston, Texas 77025 Google Map Krakower & Greene designed this house in 1957 for the Salzman family who owned it until 2014. The design details are unusually refined featuring pyramidal volumes over the front facing dining and bed rooms which also feature corner-placed plate glass windows. The house was recently renovated. The owners are considering selling or raising the house. Joseph David Krakower was born in Houston and graduated from Rice Institute in 1943 with a BS in architecture. He then attended USC where he earned a Masters in Architecture degree in 1947. He worked for Robert Kerrah and Lenard Gabert before starting his own firm in 1949. Krakower also designed the Barvin house once located at 3506 Glen Arbor. Herb Greene was Krakower's designer from 1954 to 1958. He was born in New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1952. He studied under and worked for Bruce Goff in Oklahoma and also worked for John Lautner before coming to Houston. In Other News 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. Look for an all new HoustonMod.org website coming soon! The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. The new Houston Mod publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones, by Ben Koush, is now available. Houston Mod memberships and publications make excellent gifts! The 2017 Houston Mod Preservation Awards were presented last week at the Houston Mod Holiday Party. Visit the Houston Mod website or Facebook page to learn about the recipients. An architectural tour of the Mid-Texas Gulf Coast is planned for late January 2018. Ensure your membership is current to receive an invitation. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month! 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 © 2017 Houston Mod, P.O. Box 541353, Houston, TX 77254, All rights reserved.
  3. June Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Saturday, June 3, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2-4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for a vintage modern house in Baytown, located about 10 miles east of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 920 Leavins Street, Baytown, Texas 77520 HAR Link | Google Map http://www.har.com/920-leavins-st/sale_13662811 The secret is out. Baytown has great MCM architecture. This historic modern house was designed by noted architect George Pierce of the nationally recognized firm Pierce - Pierce. Cutting edge for its time and place, the house was the second in Baytown to be built incorporating central air conditioning. The home was designed for the Matherne family and completed in 1951. The composition is unique and handsome. The geometrically-composed chimney wall is prominent, setting an artistic tone for the two public sides of the house. Inside, redwood detailing abounds along with sloped ceilings, impressive rolling ribbed glass room partitions, extensive built-in cabinetry, custom windows, and indirect lighting. Built to last, the house remains mostly as the architect intended. George F. Pierce was from Dallas, Texas. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and Rice (1943), he also taught architecture at Rice. Abel B. Pierce (no relation to George) was from Blessing, Texas and a descendent of Jonathan and brother Shanghai Pierce, cattle barons and founders of Rancho Grande, once over 250,000 acres, located near near Bay City. Abel Pierce was a 1930 graduate of Rice Institute. The Pierce - Pierce firm, founded in 1946, is presently known as PGAL and is considered one of the largest architecture firms in Texas. Here are a few more interesting mods to drive-by in the Baytown area: 1106 Ward Road 1501 E Texas Avenue 211 Woodside Drive 1501, 1901 & 1905 E Southwood Drive 1609 & 1801 Oak Shadows Street See all sites on this Google Map. If you know of other Baytown modern treasures, please let us know by sending us an email, posting to our Facebook Page, or joining the Houston Mod discussion forum on HAIF. The Mod Squad will be available Saturday to help renew memberships and provide Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at the June Mod of the Month!
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