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June Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, June 12, 2022 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help find a new preservation minded owner for this attractive vintage modern house located in Hunters Creek Village, about 9 miles west of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next Modern Market is scheduled for November 11-13, 2022! 10910 Melody Lane, Houston, TX 77024 HAR Link | Google Map Architect Herb Rather designed this handsome flat-roofed modern house for his family in the early 1960s. The layout provides privacy from the street while the mostly glass back allows indoors and outdoors to harmoniously meld joining the carefully detailed interior spaces with the lushly forested landscaped grounds and swimming pool. Louis Herbert Rather, Jr. (1930-2015) was the nephew of architect J. T. Rather, partner of John Staub. Herb Rather was from Houston and attended Rice University where he received a BA degree in 1952 and BS Architecture degree in1954. In 1959 he joined Neuhaus & Taylor where he remained for the rest of his career. He was a talented artist and after retirement moved to Copperas Cove where his family was based. If you have information about this house or other vintage mod designs, please share it with Houston Mod so it can be included in the Modern in Houston archive. News & Upcoming Events AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee Speaker Series: Printhouse: Transforming a Blighted Property into a Community Asset on June 23, 6 PM, Architecture Center Houston, 902 Commerce Houston Mod co-founder and preservationist Anna Mod and Houston Mod board officer and architect Kerry Goelzer will discuss Houston’s EaDo (East Downtown) neighborhood, the history of The Houston Post building, the changes to the neighborhood, and some of the technical challenges adapting this mid 1950s building to a neighborhood asset. Visit AIA Houston for more information and registration. SAVE THE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT - more details soon Lecture + Book-Signing + Reception | Thursday, November 10, 2022 Master of the Midcentury The Architecture of William F. Cody, Monacelli 2021 Modern Market Week Friday – Sunday November 11-13, 2022 Houston Mod has reactivated and now hosts the valuable Memorial Bend Architecture website at Houston Mod. Visit to learn about Houston's most mod neighborhood. What's next for Astrodome? Please visit our friends at the Astrodome Conservancy to learn more about preserving and redeveloping the eighth wonder of the world. Their shop has many fun new items to support the cause. Mission, Membership and Publications: 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. 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 US domestic membership may be added to any Houston Mod membership for the 50% discounted Friend Organization rate of $45.00. Houston Mod memberships and publications are available at most events
August Mod of the Month - Part I Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, August 6, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for several vintage modern homes in Glenbrook Valley, located about 7 miles southeast of downtown Houston. Glenbrook Valley was designated as a City of Houston Historic District in 2011 and is the largest postwar historic district in the nation. Come see all of the recent improvements made by the city, county, and homeowners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 7911 Santa Elena Street, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map Architects Symond Doughtie and Jack Porterfield took full advantage of this expansive lot in the hilly portion of Glenbrook Valley and created one of the areas most spectacular vintage modern homes. The house was built in 1955 for the Richardson family. In 1960 the family again engaged the architects to add the second level party lounge. The current homeowner received a Houston Mod Preservation Award in 2011 for the careful restoration and renovation of the house. Doughtie and Porterfield worked mainly in the Pasadena, Texas area. They participated in the design of the spectacular 1st Pasadena State Bank building with MacKie & Kamrath and maintained their offices there for many years. 8226 Glencrest Street, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map This swanky mid-century ranch-style house maintains most of its original design features and is located in one of the nicest areas of the neighborhood. The long narrow brick used on this house is known as Roman brick which was preferred by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for many of his Prairie style designs. The brick shape reinforces the horizontal theme. The tiled bathrooms have been restored to their mid-century character. 7718 Meadville Drive, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061 HAR Link | Google Map This glider-winged-like mod floated in for landing near Hobby Airport in 1960 (but it is not in the flight path) and is now ready for its next excursion. Original design elements were refurbished whenever possible, and those that couldn't be saved were thoughtfully replaced. Vintage elements are found throughout the home including a starburst front door escutcheon, interior brick and wood walls, vintage tiles, lighting fixtures, and original kitchen cabinets. The once enclosed carport has been restored to the architects intended open vision. The architectural firm of Chustz & Wheeler designed the house. The original plans are framed and on display in the house. Roy Francis Chustz graduated from the University of Houston in 1950. If you know more about Chustz & Wheeler, Houston Mod would love to hear about it: email@example.com. Additional Area Houses to Consider: 8103 Glenvista Street: A large, very affordable, mid-century ranch-style house with many nifty features intact, just needing a bit of work. 8007 Glenloch Street: Long-time neighbors say this house originally had a flat roof and atrium. It will be a challenge to restore, but with its almost two acre bayou lot and good bones, it may be well worth the effort. If you have more information about these architects, houses or others in the area please inform Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our website. Be on the lookout for information on the August Mod of the Month - Part II event on August 13 in the Memorial area. The Mod Squad will be available Sunday to help renew memberships and provide Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at the Mod of the Month!