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  1. September Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 20, 2020 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2-4 PM. (additional house open on Saturday, see info below) Masks are required to be worn for this event. Please resist touching surfaces and maintain 6 feet of social spacing. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these outstanding  vintage modern houses located 10 and 14 miles west of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 403 Hunters Park Lane, Houston, TX 77024 (open Sunday) HAR Link | Google Map Oil company owners Bob and Ann Brinkerhoff employed fellow UT graduate architect Jack Stehling to design this house in the late 1960s in the Memorial area, one of Houston's most attractive settings. Stehling's handsome composition employs the most favored modern elements of glass, brick and Saltillo tile under a flat, wood beam roof. The solid nature of copper clad double front entry doors mounted within an uninterrupted brick street facade, contrasts with the open flowing interior spaces lined with an amazing quantity of floor to ceiling glass wall panels with views of the court yard swimming pool. The spaces are enormous and can be used in many ways. John Arthur "Jack" Stehling (1930-1996) was from Fredericksburg, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1953 and in 1956 with an BA degree in architecture. Stehling became a registered architect in Texas in 1962 after working for the U.S. State Department. In 1967 he founded Stehling Interests with offices in Fredericksburg and Houston. At the busiest point he had a staff of sixteen and produced over a billion dollars worth of work. With Tom Short he designed Inn of the Hills in Kerrville which was a national award winning project. He designed a number of atrium style office buildings including the Arena Towers, built for flamboyant Melvin Powers in the parking lot of the Houston Music Theatre. At one time Jack Stehling lived in the Style in Steel townhomes. A house he designed for himself is located at 701 N. Milam Street in Fredericksburg. He also designed a spectacular five level house for Dr. Jerome Rosenbloom, perched on the edge of Buffalo Bayou, located at 11100 Wickdale Drive and featured in a 2017 Mod of the Month event. 411 W. Gaywood Drive, Houston, TX 77009 Exterior Drive-By Tour Only on Sunday 9/20; Realtor Open House on Saturday 9/19, 2-4 PM HAR Link | Google Map Inside and out, this vintage modern ranch style house is attractive and exciting due to its rare, almost original, gleaming condition. Banks of windows are found in several areas as is terrazzo flooring and accent walls of brick and grass cloth. The nicely styled kitchen and bathrooms with original built-in cabinetry provide authentic character. The landscaping is equally well maintained, complete with an interplay of flowing beds and paved areas set beneath shade trees. The property is conveniently situated and the area has some of the most desirable public schools in the region. Duane Myers (d 1963) designed the house. He was from New York and a member of the Texas Designers Association. He designed houses featured on the Parade of Homes and other showcases. His death notice said he was a leading designer of residential homes in Texas. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases - which both make excellent gifts! 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 Happenings Modern Melbourne: Australian Architecture, 1920-1956 Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 6:30 PM Presented by Preservation Houston with the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies Featuring Robin Grow, president of the Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia Free virtual presentation, open to the public, use link above to learn more and register Architectural Photography (Part I): Mid-Mod through Today Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 6 PM Presented by The Dallas Architectural Forum with modTEXAS Featuring Ben Koush and Nikola Olic Free virtual presentation, open to the public, use link above to learn more and register Architectural Photography (Part II): UNT's Rogers / Bruchard Archive Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 6 PM Presented by The Dallas Architectural Forum with modTEXAS Presentation by Morgan Gieringer, Head of Special Collections, UNT Free virtual presentation, open to the public, use link above to learn more and register (scroll down) New Book Talk: Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6 PM Presented by AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee and The Heritage Society Talk by author Barrie Scardino Bradley Free virtual presentation, open to the public, use link above to learn more and register While all these events are free, donations are always appreciated by the presenting organizations to allow for continued dynamic and engaging programming. 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.
  2. November Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, November 18, 2018, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Help us find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage modern house located in the Parkwest neighborhood, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 6027 Cartagena Street, Houston, TX 77024 HAR Link | Google Map Located about two miles outside the loop in the attractive Parkwest neighborhood, this nifty vintage contemporary style house has been carefully preserved and thoughtfully updated. The sensible flow of the original 1960 layout has been preserved yet freshened and refinished to sparkle once again. Note the broad glass expanse with views to the beamed patio. The den features a raised ceiling, and the kitchen's flush-front cabinetry has been renewed. 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. Other Mods of Interest: 5134 Braes Heather Drive in Meyerland is OPEN 12-2 on Saturday, November, 17 and said to have been designed by the same architect who designed the Astrodome! Note the vintage drawings shown in the listing. 4614 N. Roseneath Drive in Riverside Terrace is a large, well maintained early modern house, yet it is being promoted as a dream home construction site. If you have more information about these or other vintage modern homes and architects please contact Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our soon to premier all new website. We hope you will join us at Mod of the Month! News & Updates For those of you who braved the cold weather this past Tuesday evening, we hope you enjoyed the book launch event co-sponsored by Houston Mod at Pennzoil Place. Author Mark Lamster addressed questions provided by Stephen Fox. "The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century" is available at Brazos Bookstore, as well as at several online bookstore outlets. Members, be on the lookout for your invitation to Houston Mod's greatly anticipated 2018 Holiday Party on December 8th at a spectacular 1959 vintage modern house in the Ayrshire neighborhood. Contact Houston Mod to check your membership status. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's MOTM 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. Houston Mod memberships and publications make excellent gifts!
  3. June Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, June 26, 2016 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. This month's event takes place in the Memorial area of west Houston, located about 11 miles west of downtown. Let's help find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage modern house. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21-23, 2017! 12430 Perthshire Road, Memorial Hollow, Houston, Texas 77024 A double door court yard entry sets the tone for this early 1960s contemporary home situated in a beautiful wooded Memorial area neighborhood. Other much desired modern aspects such as walls of plate glass, a special low slope roof, double carport, solar brick screen wall, and a louvered canopy complete the mod scene. The area has sought after schools as well as a number of architect designed houses. HAR Link Other News & Events Shipley's photo by Rocio Carlon Studios; Wolf's photo by Peter Molick Photography Houston: Uncommon Modern Wins National Award! The Houston: Uncommon Modern project has won a Modernism in America Award! The annual award program by Docomomo US has announced 10 exemplary projects to be honored this year from across the country that raise awareness of the importance of architecture, landscapes and typologies of postwar society in the United States. The co-curators, Anna Mod (Houston Mod co-founder) and Delaney Harris-Finch (Houston Mod board member), will receive the Survey/Inventory Citation of Merit award at a ceremony on September 22, 2016 in New York City. Houston Mod is pleased to be associated with the Modernism in America Awards program for the third year in a row! Last year, Save The Dome (a coalition of Preservation Houston, National Trust for Historic Preservation, AIA Houston, Houston Arts & Media and Houston Mod) received the Advocacy Award of Excellence for the public education effort to save the Astrodome. Two years ago, the inaugural presentation of the Modernism in America Awards program was hosted in Houston at the Docomomo US National Symposium in the sanctuary of the downtown First Church of Christ, Scientist. There are plans underway for the Houston: Uncommon Modern exhibit to be displayed elsewhere in Texas in the near future - details to follow. The exhibit catalog will be available at this Sunday's Mod of the Month event along with other Houston Mod publications. _____________________________________________________ Do you shop on Amazon.com? 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.
  4. January Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, January 22, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for these fascinating vintage modern/contemporary houses located in Willow Meadows and Meyerland, about seven 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 8822 Prichett Drive, Meyerland, Houston, TX 77024 HAR Link | Google Map Charles Tapley designed this well-considered house in 1957 and it remains very close to its original condition. A handsome integrated porch-carport entrance leads to the living areas, open on all sides to the private natural setting. Extensive use of glass walls, brick flooring and redwood paneling imbue the spaces with refinement making it a pleasure to experience. This Meyerland house has never flooded. Charles Tapley (1931 - 2015) was an architect and landscape architect determined to create outstanding places and structures. He was a graduate of Rice Institute and became a registered architect in 1960 and a registered landscape architect in 1970. Houston Mod has featured some of his other designs such as 1807 Wroxton, 610 Grecian Way and Tranquility Park. 9706 Cliffwood Drive, Willow Meadows, Houston, TX 77096 HAR Link | Google Map This intriguing 1950s modern house features an atrium, walls of glass, skylights, and extensive built-ins including a floating wall between the entry and dining areas. It is a spacious house situated on a roomy bayou-front lot. The house experienced minor flooding in 2016 and is ready for repair. The original set of plans is available for research. News & Upcoming Events Rio Grand Valley Mod Tour II Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017 Rio Grande Valley Modern (RGVMod) and Houston Mod are hosting a special two-day member event in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Nydia Tapia-Gonzales of Harlingen, founder of RGVMod and Houston Master Mod Stephen Fox will lead a tour of outstanding sites of mid-twentieth-century modern design in Edinburg and McAllen on January 27-28. This is a follow-up event to last year's well-received tour in Harlingen and Brownsville. Tickets for the Rio Grande Valley Mod Tour II are now available and an email was distributed with further information to members last Saturday, Jan. 7th. The tour is almost sold out, but if spaces remain by the end of this weekend, tickets will be opened up to non-members and a follow up email will be distributed and info will be posted on the Houston Mod Facebook Page. Houston Mod publications and membership information will be available at Sunday's event. Discuss your design and preservation thoughts and concerns with fellow modsters. We look forward to seeing you!
  5. May Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, May 31, 2015, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Please help us find new preservation minded owners for this 1957 vintage modern style house. The residence is located in the Galleria area, about five miles west of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 5202 Del Monte Drive, Houston, Texas 77056 This prominently sited dynamic modern house was designed by the architectural firm of A. C. Brodnax & J. R. Phenix Associates who also designed the Astroworld Hotel and Freeport First National Bank along with a number of other houses. Brodnax was an instructor at the University of Houston College of Architecture and got his start with Phil Willard along with Lucian Hood, Lars Bang, Brooks & Brooks and Flynn & Flynn. Even though the house has been recently updated including a new roof, it is listed only as a building site. Notable design elements include the complex butterfly roof, artistically punctuated brick privacy wall, and the custom metal entry gateway. Other modern houses in the neighborhood are being preserved including one by Neuhaus & Taylor and another by Lars Bang which was featured as a Mod of the Month. 5202 Del Monte makes an important contribution to the mid-century modern context of the neighborhood and deserves to be conserved. HAR Link We hope to see you at this special Mod of the Month! Please join us at the Houston Mod Discussion Forum to discuss this home and much more. Events & Notices Last week, Houston Mod participated in the Neighborhoods USA 2015 Conference. A special tour of Glenbrook Valley including a visit to several mod houses was provided as part of the agenda to visitors from across the country. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org. Houston Mod publications will be available at this event.
  6. October Mod of the MonthHouston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, October 11, 2015, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 3-5 PM. Help find new preservation-minded owners for these two two fantastic architect designed houses. One is located in River Oaks, about 2 miles west of downtown Houston, and another in Willow Meadows, about 8 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 2 Tiel Way, Houston, Texas 77019 The organic concepts of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright inspired this magnificent original owner house situated on one of Houston's most picturesque streets. Architects Frederick MacKie (1905-1984) and Karl Kamrath (1911-1988), both graduates of the University of Texas, designed this house for the A. J. Ballantyne family in 1958. It was built in 1961 on two wooded ravine-front lots next to Kamrath's own house. Kamrath was so inspired by Wright that he based his career on Wright's concepts, eventually leading to several meetings and a friendship with Mr. Wright. Kamrath's designs were popular in making modern design appealing to a wide audience and earned the firm local and national recognition. As do many Wright and Kamrath designs, the front elevation projects a sense of mystery. Transitioning the reduced scale entry, the spaces expand in several directions. The floor elevation descends several steps to the living area while the wood beamed ceiling rises above leading to walls of plate glass viewing broad outdoor living space in the naturalistic setting. A portion of the living area projects out into the ravine. The plan is based on a 6' x 6' grid and incorporates five bedrooms and six baths, a spectacular fireplace, and abundant built-ins and storage space. A swimming pool is located in a terraced area of the over two acre lushly landscaped grounds which were designed and planted by Dr. Ballantyne. HAR Link 10111 Cliffwood Drive, Houston, Texas 77035 Noted modernist architect William R. Jenkins designed this beautiful prominently sited mid-century modern house in 1956 for the Weintraub family. The cross-axial floor plan displays great clarity and provides all rooms light and openness. Having had only two thoughtful owners, the house maintains most of its architect-intended details including the terrific kitchen, hardwood floors, bathrooms opening to private gardens, exciting mod light fixtures, and even the original built-in television set. The current owners received a Houston Mod Preservation Award for their careful maintenance of the house in 2009. More detailed information can be found in the Houston Mod publication by Jason Smith entitled High Style in the Suburbs: The Early Modern Houses of William R. Jenkins which will be available, along with other Houston Mod publications, at Sunday's event. William Jenkins (1925-1989) graduated from the University of Houston in 1951 where he learned from talented instructors including Donald Barthelme and Howard Barnstone. Early in his career, he worked with William Floyd and Harwood Taylor. He taught architecture at UH beginning in 1956 and earned his master of architecture degree in 1966 from Texas A & M University. With William Hoff, he designed important buildings such as the Park IV and V apartment towers, the Hillcroft Professional Building, and many others. Jenkins served as the Dean of the UH College of Architecture from 1969 to 1988.HAR Link Other News & EventsSaturday October 10th: Uncommon Modern Bus TourHop on the bus with Houston Mod for an hour long tour of Brookhollow Business Park and celebrate mid-century design on Docomomo US Tour Day. Tickets are $15-$20. Walk-ups will be accepted, however, space is limited. Last Call for Nominations: 2015 Houston Mod Preservation AwardsHouston Mod is accepting nominations for the 2015 Houston Mod Preservation Awards through Sunday, October 11th. Click here to nominate individuals or organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore, preserve and/or advocate for Houston's modern heritage. It is an exciting Houston Mod weekend! We hope to see you at the Uncommon Modern Tour and Mod of the Month event. Join us at the Houston Mod Discussion Forum and Houston Mod Facebook Page for more mod-minded fun. Support future Houston Mod events by becoming a member. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org. 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.
  7. August Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, August 23, 2015 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. The focus on finding new preservation-minded owners for recently flooded modern houses continues. Sunday's event takes place in Meyerland, located about eight miles southwest of downtown Houston. Rain totals of up to 11" flooded Houston on May 26, 2015 causing deaths and damaging over 2,500 homes. Much of the damage occurred in the southwest area of Houston where there is a large concentration of some of Houston's best mid-century modern architecture leaving it's future in peril. Home owners are uncertain if they can or will restore their houses, elevate them, or replace them. 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. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 4902 Heatherglen Drive, Meyerland, Houston, Texas 77096 Contrasting dark toned brick and light toned solar block walls make a crisply elegant geometric statement in this modern house designed by architect W. Jackson Wisdom. The centralized living area views the front and back yards through plate glass walls while the dining room has it's own solar screened courtyard. Four bedrooms, three baths, a game room and a two car garage complete the picture on the live oak shaded corner lot. Architects Leonard Gabert and Jack Wisdom earlier were partners who designed several modern houses including the Hurwitz house, 3007 S. Braeswood, site of the 2013 Houston MODern Market party. Unfortunately, 4902 Heatherglen was flooded on Memorial Day and now needs to be rescued by a new preservation minded owner. Please note, this house will be open while undergoing flood remediation. Please take special care while touring the house. HAR Link More Mod Info Good News on the Flood Front: The owner of 5035 Glenmeadow Drive in Meyerland has decided to restore and continue to occupy his flat-roofed modern house designed by architect Israel Stein. We will share photos and progress reports as they become available. Braes Manor Discovery: 8611 Timberside Drive may be an early design of architect Jack M. Reber. It is listed for sale as a good building site but appears to have some nifty original mod elements still intact and is worth a look. One of Reber's major designs is listed in the Houston AIA guide. Glassell School of Art: Houston is losing a great modern building. The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., School of Art (1978 by S. I. Morris Associates) is now being demolished. The building was notable for its rigorous exploration of reflective glass block set in exposed poured-in-place concrete frames. Read more about the MFAH redevelopment plan and loss of the Glassell School of Art in the Hyperallergic article, Houston Museum Expansion Wipes Out Local Architect's Legacy. We hope to see you at Sunday's Mod of the Month! Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org .
  8. March Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, March 1, 2015 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Three vintage modern style houses from the 1960's and 1970's are featured. They are located about five and ten miles southwest of downtown Houston. All are in need of new preservation-minded owners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 4919 Heatherglen Drive, Meyerland, Houston, Texas 77096 Alan Finger commissioned architect Arthur Steinberg to design this house for his young family in 1959. By 1961 it was complete and the family moved in as Hurricane Carla approached. In 1974, Finger had architect David Foster enlarge the house by adding more living area and a new master bedroom suite. Today that configuration remains providing high ceilings and abundant glass walls viewing the back terrace and swimming pool. HAR Link 5123 S. Braeswood Boulevard, Meyerland, Houston, Texas 77096 Al Fairfield custom designed and built this spacious one owner modern house in 1964, situated on a large lot on South Braeswood Boulevard. Fairfield was a life-long friend of architect William Floyd and built many houses in the Memorial area of Houston including residences for Floyd and two for architect Bill Caudill. The house has impressive living areas overlooking a large swimming pool and patios. HAR Link 3006 Suffolk Drive, Lynn Park, Houston, Texas 77027 This flat-roofed modern house, built in 1970, is being marketed for lot value only however the design seems to indicate it may be worthy of considering for restoration. The photos show a handsome interior consisting of terrazzo floors and brick interior walls. It also has a swimming pool and convenient close-in location. The original floor plans are thought to be available. HAR Link Upcoming Events & Notices April is Modern Month in Houston and Texas! Join us to kick of the celebrations on Thursday, April 2nd from 6 to 8 PM for an After Work Reception at Internum 3303 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas, 77098. Internum is generously underwriting the event. Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  9. January Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, January 25, 2015 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. A vintage 1970s modern style townhouse situated three miles southwest of downtown Houston is featured. The townhouse is in need of new preservation-minded owners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 2907 Virginia Street, College Heights, Houston, Texas 77098 Burdette Keeland designed these architecturally significant 'ski-slope roof' townhouses in 1974. The complex was a design-build project on land Keeland's mother owned. 2907 Virginia has been thoughtfully maintained in nearly original condition by its long-term owner who was a friend of Keeland and had the unit furnished in vintage modern pieces. The ground floor entrance from the double carport leads to the kitchen, dining room, and one bedroom, all with a bright indoor-outdoor flow to the rear patio space. The main entrance is on the second level into the living space with soaring vaulted ceilings. This level also has a study and connects to a street-side roof garden. The master bedroom suite is on the top level with abundant natural light and a connection to the rear exterior stairway leading to an elevated viewing deck. Burdette Keeland (1926-2000) designed some of Houston's most beloved modern buildings. Click to see featured work by Keeland on the HM website. From the Mod of the Month, you can walk one block west and see Keeland's own residence located at 2907 Ferndale Street. Keeland had architecture degrees from the University of Houston and Yale. He shaped Houston by teaching at the UH College of Architecture for over 40 years and serving on the city planning commission for over 30 years. 2907 Virginia HAR Link Discuss this house and over 800 other mod topics at the Houston Mod Discussion Forum. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications make excellent gifts and will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  10. December Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, December 7, 2014 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. A vintage 1950s modern/contemporary style house situated just east of Hermann Park and two miles south of downtown Houston is featured. The house is in need of new preservation-minded owners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 3226 North MacGregor Way, North MacGregor Oaks, Houston, TX 77004 The nationally acclaimed architecture firm of MacKie & Kamrath designed this one and two story house in 1951, about five years after principal designer Karl Kamrath developed a firindship with Frank Lloyd Wright, who's concepts greatly influenced his work. Contrasting horizontal and vertical elements of the design are reinforced with bands of ribbon windows and a dramatic double volume corner window siding the open tread stairs. The house is prominately situated on an almost half acre corner near a picturesque bend in Brays Bayou where recent landscaped trails connect to Hermann Park. The firm of MacKie & Kamrath was established in Houston in 1937 by Frederick MacKie, Jr. (1905-1984) and Karl Kamrath (1911-1988), both architects and graduates of the University of Texas. They were among the first Houston architects to design modernist buildings. Visit the Houston Mod website for examples of their work. HAR Link Discuss this house and over 800 other mod topics at the Houston Mod Discussion Forum. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications make excellent gifts and will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  11. November Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, November 16, 2014 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Two vintage 1950's & 1960's modern/contemporary style houses situated about 10 miles west of downtown Houston are featured. One is in need of new preservation-minded owners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 12803 Figaro Drive, Memorial Bend, Houston, TX 77024 Architect William Floyd designed this house situated on a wooded corner lot on the eastern side of the Memorial Bend neighborhood. A 1958 promotion described the house as an out of this world California contemporary like those found in House Beautiful magazine. High clerestory windows and sloping beamed ceilings create open rooms filled with light. The house was enlarged in 1999 and in 2004. Memorial Bend has one of the largest concentrations of 1950's modern houses in Houston. It has been extensively researched and documented by Houston Mod Master Mod and co-founder Michael Brichford. HAR Link 411 Fall River Road, Longwoods, Houston, TX 77024 Beginning in 1952, Houston's Contemporary Art Museum (originally the Contemporary Arts Association) promoted excellence in modern architectural design by conducting tours of outstanding new houses. Architect Travis Broesche was honored by having this house included on their 1961 tour. The house remains a favorite of many today explaining its recent rapid sale with many offers received. The new owner plans to restore the house to its original appearance and is pleased to share it for tour, likely for the first time since 1961. Travis Broesche (1911-2003) was from the Brenham, Texas area where he retired after working 40 years in Houston mostly with the firm known as Broesche & Condon. He was a graduate of Blinn College and the University of Texas, Austin, in 1935 with a B. S. degree in Architectural Engineering. His firm designed over 150 churches plus hospitals, schools, including his 1962 award winning design for Walnut Bend Elementary (demolished), as well as commercial buildings and residences. HAR Link Upcoming Special Events Thursday, November 20 - Film Screening: Last Seat At The Dome 7 PM, Ecclesia Houston, 1100 Elder Street Rugged Riverside Media invites all to a free screening of the award winning short film Last Seat At The Dome by local filmmaker, Matthew Murphy. Following the screening Murphy will be joined by Judge Ed Emmett, Beth Wiedower (National Trust for Historic Preservation) and David Bush (Preservation Houston) to field questions about the film and the Astrodome's Past, Present, & Future. Tickets: Reserve free seats. Saturday, November 22 - Special Event: 2014 Preservation Texas Honor Awards 5 PM, Harris County Courthouse, 301 Fannin Preservation Texas is hosting their annual celebration of outstanding preservation achievements at the recently restored 1910 Harris County Courthouse. Awards will honor statewide restoration and rehabilitation projects and exemplary preservationists. A reception will precede the ceremony. Tickets: $40 for Preservation Texas Members; $50 for non-members. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  12. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 28, for a Mod of the Month event from 2 - 4 PM. Help us find a new preservation-minded owner for this endangered dramatic 1950's modern / contemporary style house situated 8 miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in October 20-26, 2014. 9110 Bassoon Drive Woodshire, Houston, Texas 77025 This dramatic house was custom designed and built for Joseph T. Finkelstein, co-founder and former president of the Alley Theater. Finkelstein was an actor in New York and Houston and commissioned architects Dunaway & Jones to model portions of this 1957 house after stage sets he admired. The living area has a high-sweeping beamed ceiling terminating in a second level loft space accessed by an open-riser stairway with landing on the elevated hearth. A brick fireplace flanked by double-height plate glass windows commands the longest wall of the room. Entertaining is made swanky yet casual with the kitchen and dining areas flowing freely into the living space. The kitchen is mostly original with the addition of a full sized Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. This ultimate bachelor pad has only one bedroom (but has plenty of room to add more if necessary as the lot is almost 1/3 acre in size). The master bath is impressive for its time, approximately 256 SF, and contains the original sunken tub, double shower, portioned commode and urinal, plus a large mirrored corner hair and makeup station. A private sun terrace is accessed by a sliding glass door flanked by plate glass windows separating two indoor/outdoor planter boxes melding inside and outside. The grounds were handsomely developed with walkways and plantings from the period. A large vintage swimming pool and terrace can once again be the scene for memorable entertaining. Note: The event will provide full access to the exterior areas. The house interior can be viewed only through the windows. Interior tours can be scheduled with the agent. HAR Link Upcoming Events Downtown Modern Walking Tour: Houston Mod and Preservation Houston invite you to examine the historic layers, styles and technologies of Houston's skyline built between 1940 and 1980. The event is part of Docomomo US Tour Day, a nationwide celebration of mid-20th century architecture. October 12, 2PM. Advance tickets are required. Details Houston Modern Market: A Texas-sized weekend full of lectures, films, parties, tours, and a market showcase of modern fine art, furniture, jewelry, objects, design, architecture, clothing and more. Exhibitors will offer deals of the century on their best modern wares. The evening of October 24, put on your best mod chic for the Preview Party with libations, lite bites, and live entertainment. October 22-26 at Winter Street Studios. Details Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  13. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 28, for a Mod of the Month event from 2 - 4 PM. Help us find a new preservation-minded owner for this endangered dramatic 1950's modern / contemporary style house situated 8 miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in October 20-26, 2014. 9110 Bassoon Drive Woodshire, Houston, Texas 77025 This dramatic house was custom designed and built for Joseph T. Finkelstein, co-founder and former president of the Alley Theater. Finkelstein was an actor in New York and Houston and commissioned architects Dunaway & Jones to model portions of this 1957 house after stage sets he admired. The living area has a high-sweeping beamed ceiling terminating in a second level loft space accessed by an open-riser stairway with landing on the elevated hearth. A brick fireplace flanked by double-height plate glass windows commands the longest wall of the room. Entertaining is made swanky yet casual with the kitchen and dining areas flowing freely into the living space. The kitchen is mostly original with the addition of a full sized Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. This ultimate bachelor pad has only one bedroom (but has plenty of room to add more if necessary as the lot is almost 1/3 acre in size). The master bath is impressive for its time, approximately 256 SF, and contains the original sunken tub, double shower, portioned commode and urinal, plus a large mirrored corner hair and makeup station. A private sun terrace is accessed by a sliding glass door flanked by plate glass windows separating two indoor/outdoor planter boxes melding inside and outside. The grounds were handsomely developed with walkways and plantings from the period. A large vintage swimming pool and terrace can once again be the scene for memorable entertaining. Note: The event will provide full access to the exterior areas. The house interior can be viewed only through the windows. Interior tours can be scheduled with the agent. HAR Link Upcoming Events Downtown Modern Walking Tour: Houston Mod and Preservation Houston invite you to examine the historic layers, styles and technologies of Houston's skyline built between 1940 and 1980. The event is part of Docomomo US Tour Day, a nationwide celebration of mid-20th century architecture. October 12, 2PM. Advance tickets are required. Details Houston Modern Market: A Texas-sized weekend full of lectures, films, parties, tours, and a market showcase of modern fine art, furniture, jewelry, objects, design, architecture, clothing and more. Exhibitors will offer deals of the century on their best modern wares. The evening of October 24, put on your best mod chic for the Preview Party with libations, lite bites, and live entertainment. October 22-26 at Winter Street Studios. Details Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  14. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 28, for a Mod of the Month event from 2 - 4 PM. Help us find a new preservation-minded owner for this endangered dramatic 1950's modern / contemporary style house situated 8 miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in October 20-26, 2014. 9110 Bassoon Drive Woodshire, Houston, Texas 77025 This dramatic house was custom designed and built for Joseph T. Finkelstein, co-founder and former president of the Alley Theater. Finkelstein was an actor in New York and Houston and commissioned architects Dunaway & Jones to model portions of this 1957 house after stage sets he admired. The living area has a high-sweeping beamed ceiling terminating in a second level loft space accessed by an open-riser stairway with landing on the elevated hearth. A brick fireplace flanked by double-height plate glass windows commands the longest wall of the room. Entertaining is made swanky yet casual with the kitchen and dining areas flowing freely into the living space. The kitchen is mostly original with the addition of a full sized Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. This ultimate bachelor pad has only one bedroom (but has plenty of room to add more if necessary as the lot is almost 1/3 acre in size). The master bath is impressive for its time, approximately 256 SF, and contains the original sunken tub, double shower, portioned commode and urinal, plus a large mirrored corner hair and makeup station. A private sun terrace is accessed by a sliding glass door flanked by plate glass windows separating two indoor/outdoor planter boxes melding inside and outside. The grounds were handsomely developed with walkways and plantings from the period. A large vintage swimming pool and terrace can once again be the scene for memorable entertaining. Note: The event will provide full access to the exterior areas. The house interior can be viewed only through the windows. Interior tours can be scheduled with the agent. HAR Link Upcoming Events Downtown Modern Walking Tour: Houston Mod and Preservation Houston invite you to examine the historic layers, styles and technologies of Houston's skyline built between 1940 and 1980. The event is part of Docomomo US Tour Day, a nationwide celebration of mid-20th century architecture. October 12, 2PM. Advance tickets are required. Details Houston Modern Market: A Texas-sized weekend full of lectures, films, parties, tours, and a market showcase of modern fine art, furniture, jewelry, objects, design, architecture, clothing and more. Exhibitors will offer deals of the century on their best modern wares. The evening of October 24, put on your best mod chic for the Preview Party with libations, lite bites, and live entertainment. October 22-26 at Winter Street Studios. Details Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  15. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 28, for a Mod of the Month event from 2 - 4 PM. Help us find a new preservation-minded owner for this endangered dramatic 1950's modern / contemporary style house situated 8 miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in October 20-26, 2014. 9110 Bassoon Drive Woodshire, Houston, Texas 77025 This dramatic house was custom designed and built for Joseph T. Finkelstein, co-founder and former president of the Alley Theater. Finkelstein was an actor in New York and Houston and commissioned architects Dunaway & Jones to model portions of this 1957 house after stage sets he admired. The living area has a high-sweeping beamed ceiling terminating in a second level loft space accessed by an open-riser stairway with landing on the elevated hearth. A brick fireplace flanked by double-height plate glass windows commands the longest wall of the room. Entertaining is made swanky yet casual with the kitchen and dining areas flowing freely into the living space. The kitchen is mostly original with the addition of a full sized Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. This ultimate bachelor pad has only one bedroom (but has plenty of room to add more if necessary as the lot is almost 1/3 acre in size). The master bath is impressive for its time, approximately 256 SF, and contains the original sunken tub, double shower, portioned commode and urinal, plus a large mirrored corner hair and makeup station. A private sun terrace is accessed by a sliding glass door flanked by plate glass windows separating two indoor/outdoor planter boxes melding inside and outside. The grounds were handsomely developed with walkways and plantings from the period. A large vintage swimming pool and terrace can once again be the scene for memorable entertaining. Note: The event will provide full access to the exterior areas. The house interior can be viewed only through the windows. Interior tours can be scheduled with the agent. HAR Link Upcoming Events Downtown Modern Walking Tour: Houston Mod and Preservation Houston invite you to examine the historic layers, styles and technologies of Houston's skyline built between 1940 and 1980. The event is part of Docomomo US Tour Day, a nationwide celebration of mid-20th century architecture. October 12, 2PM. Advance tickets are required. Details Houston Modern Market: A Texas-sized weekend full of lectures, films, parties, tours, and a market showcase of modern fine art, furniture, jewelry, objects, design, architecture, clothing and more. Exhibitors will offer deals of the century on their best modern wares. The evening of October 24, put on your best mod chic for the Preview Party with libations, lite bites, and live entertainment. October 22-26 at Winter Street Studios. Details Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  16. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, August 24, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Help us find a new preservation-minded owner for this well designed 1950s modern / contemporary style house, situated about 12 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in October 20-26, 2014. 8901 Larkwood Drive, 77074 The original design intentions of this attractive 1950s contemporary style home continue to shine through, making it a great house for today and tomorrow. A number of talented architects including William Floyd, Harwood Taylor, William Jenkins and Lucian Hood designed houses in this neighborhood. It is not known who designed this house. Situated on a spacious tree shaded corner lot, the architect-owned house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two car carport. The living room features a tall sloped ceiling, long unpainted brick wall, hardwood flooring and a glass sliding door leading to the patio and back yard. HAR Link Upcoming Events Film Fest: Architecture Center Houston: AIA Houston present their 4th annual ArCH Film Festival August 21 - 23, 2014, 7 PM each night, at 315 Capitol Street, Suite 120, Houston 77002. This year's topic is Architecture Meets Life. Details Mod Art Exhibition: The Mayor's Office, in conjunction with William Reaves Fine Art, brings a splendid selection of art works by many of Houston's earlier painters (including mid-century modern favorites) to the walls of City Hall thru October 1, 2014 with special reception, tour and talk on Texas Modernism, September 17, 5 - 7:30 PM. Details Mod Walking Tour: Save the date of October 12, 2 PM, for a tour of downtown Houston to be held in conjunction with the 2014 DoCoMoMo National Tour Day. Details Astrodome: Harris County commissioners want to hear from you about the Astrodome. Please send your ideas and comments for new uses for the building by letter and email. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  17. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, July 13, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 3 - 5 PM. Help us find a new preservation minded owner for this important 1950s modern / contemporary style house, situated near the Houston Medical Center, southwest of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held October 20-26, 2014. 3615 N. Braeswood Blvd. Braes Heights, Houston, Texas 77025 Noted architect Joseph Krakower and his designer Herb Greene designed this house for the Salzman family in 1957. It's listing in the Houston AIA Architecture Guide states Herb Green's hand is evident in this low-slung Braes Heights house, especially in the vertical slot windows that take the place of corners and the tense profile of the hipped roof. The house features large free flowing formal living and dining rooms along with a den, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, plus a two-car attached garage, all still lovingly cared for by it's original owner. The original set of blueprints will be on display. Joseph David Krakower was born in Houston in 1921 and graduated from Rice Institute in 1942 with a BA and in 1943 with a BS in Architecture. He then attended USC where he continued his architectural education and received a Masters in Architecture degree in 1947. He worked for Robert Kerrah and Lenard Gabert before starting his own firm in 1949. Herb Greene was Krakower's designer from 1954 - 1958. He studied under Bruce Goff in Oklahoma. Another example of their work is next door at 3611 plus another house by Krakower is around the corner at 3506 Glen Arbor. Greene went on to design a number of important structures at his own firm. Parking is available on Glen Arbor as well as Edloe and Tartan streets where a number of striking mid-century modern houses remain. HAR Link News and Upcoming Events Film at AIA- ArCH Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space Wednesday July 16, 5:30 - 7:30pmArchitecture Center Houston Click here to RSVP Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space captures the recollections of the modern American master architect and artist who designed the historic U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington, D.C. In 2008, GSA, proud steward of the U.S. Tax Court, nominated it to the National Register of Historic Places, making it the youngest of GSA’s more than 1,600 buildings to receive this designation. Realizing an unprecedented opportunity to capture on film the recollections of the original architect for this exceptionally significant building, GSA preservationists began working with Lundy to create a documentary on his life, work, and legacy. Click here to read more. Mr. Lundy will be in attendance at the screening and available to answer questions after the film. Astrodome: Harris County commissioners want to hear from you about the Astrodome. Please send your ideas and comments for new uses for the building by letter and email. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  18. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, May 18, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Three vintage 1960's modern/contemporary style houses, situated west of downtown Houston are featured. They are in need of new preservation-minded owners. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in October 20-26, 2014. 553 Brown Saddle Street, Tanglewood Houston, Texas 77057 The nationally recognized architecture firm of George Pierce - Abel B. Pierce designed this sophisticated modern house in the early 1960's. Interior spaces are organized around a courtyard which provides an almost seamless indoor/outdoor flow to the main living areas yet maintains privacy from the street. Rooms are spacious including four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms where handsome custom cabinetry is integral. Pierce and Pierce's own houses were of similar design and located in the general area. George F. Pierce was from Dallas, Texas, a graduate of SMU and Rice (1943), and 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 near Bay City. Abel Pierce was a 1930 graduate of Rice Institute. The Pierce - Pierce firm was founded in 1948. HAR Link 6101 & 6103 San Felipe Street, Westhaven Estates Houston, Texas 77057 Contrasting architectural elements similar to those found in the Barcelona Pavilion are incorporated in this handsome duplex located west of Houston's Galleria. A dominate horizontal is established by a hovering concrete roof plane supported by thin columns in places and massive brick walls in others. Sliding glass walls and windows extend (in fact) from the white terrazzo floor to the ceiling, while interior walls and door frames are articulated with reveals. Each unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a swimming pool within a landscaped courtyard. While historic research continues, we attribute the design to architect William S. Tamminga, partner of the Houston firm O'Neil Ford and Associates along with Ford and Richard Colley of 1953-1956. Tamminga was a graduate of Rice Institute and later taught architecture there according to his son, also an architect. The Youtz-Slick Lift-Slab construction method, seldom seen in residential construction, was used on this duplex. After the foundation was poured, a second steel reinforced slab was poured and hydraulically elevated on columns to become the roof plane. The original buildings of Trinity University in San Antonio were built using this method. Tamminga went on to design and oversee the construction of the Texas Instruments facility in Houston as well as a lift-slab house for Errol Flynn in Jamaica and Frenchman's Cove resort in the Caribbean, which also featured a lift-slab design. HAR Link News & Events Astrodome: Harris County commissioners want to hear from you about the Astrodome. Please send your ideas and comments for new uses for the building by letter and email. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  19. HARWOOD TAYLOR`S DARING 1957 MODern BRIDGE HOUSE OPEN APRIL 13, 2014, 2-4 PM Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, April 13, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. Let's help find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage 1950's modern style house situated west of downtown Houston inthe Memorial villages area. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next MODern Market will be held in October 20-26, 2014. 852 Kuhlman Road Memorial Oaks, Hunters Creek Village, Houston, Texas 77024 Architect Harwood Taylor of the firm Neuhaus & Taylor desinged this house for the Lomis and Marcia Slaughter family for a topographically challenging site at the north end of Kuhlman Road. Completed in 1957, the house bridges a ravine originating in the center of the front yard, widening and deepening under the front stairs toward the expansive naturalistic sloped rear side of the nearly acre sized property. Floor to ceiling walls of glass view the setting from every major room. Steel I- beams compose a system of exposed columns while steel bar joists, some exposed, support the flat roof. The Houston Mod publication Booming Houston and the Modern House- Residential Architecture of Neuhaus & Taylor, 1955- 1960 thoroughly describes Houston's architectural scene at the time this house was designed. It also details a number of other designs by Harwood Taylor. On Sunday, please park in the cul-de-sac at the north end of Kuhlman Road and walk down the private lane to the house. There are three parking spaces at the house reserved for visitors who require less walking.HAR Link News & Upcoming Events April is MODern Month in Houston and Texas. Watch the Houston Mod website for event announcements. After Mod of the Month, the next two events are: Monday, April 14, 2014, 5:30 PM Lecture: Rice School of Architecture: Mies Constructs by Phyllis Lambert Farish Gallery, Anderson Hall, Rice University, Free http://arch.rice.edu/Lecture-Series/ Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30 PM Lecture & Book Signing: UH College of Architecture- The Architecture of Art Museums by Ronnie Self MFA-H, Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Free Ticket Required http://www.arch.uh.edu/index.php/News-and-Events/news-and-announcements Astrodome: Harris County commissioners want to hear from you about the Astrodome. Please send your ideas and comments for new uses for the building by letter and email. Thanks to all who attended and sponsored last month's DoCoMoMo US National Symposium in Houston where modsters from across the country visited Houston to examine modernism's legacy and consider its future. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month.
  20. mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, November 24, for Mod of the Month from 2 - 4 PM. A vintage modern/contemporary style townhouse, situated 3 miles west of downtown along picturesque Memorial Drive, is featured as November's Mod of the Month. The Hillside unit is presently available for purchase and in need of a new preservation-minded owner. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Next MODern Market: February 3 - 9, 2014 Hillside Townhouses 5230 Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77007 HAR LINK This spacious two bedroom, two bathroom, circa 1960 mod townhouse is supremely situated directly across Buffalo Bayou from River Oaks' Tiel Way enclave of modernism and only a few blocks east of the beautiful 1,500 acre Memorial Park. It's also convenient to the Galleria, Heights, and Washington Avenue areas. Herbert William Linnstaedter of the firm Swenson & Linnstaedter designed, built, and originally owned the complex. Considered extremely fashionable and exceptional in design when completed, the details include wood beamed sloped ceilings, brick interior walls, copper-trimmed fire places, and specially detailed windows. The terraced grounds are beautifully landscaped and include a sparkling swimming pool. Herbert William Linnstaedter (1925-1996) was a native Texan who, as a teen, fought with the 99th infantry division at the Battle of the Bulge. He then graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in architecture and further studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was certified as an architect in Texas in 1957 and was an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Houston. He was married to Celestine Linnstaedter who was a doctor of psychiatry at the VA Hospital. Swenson & Linnstaedter shared an office with Donald Barthelme where a number of Houston's most modern buildings were designed. In 1960 the firm opened a branch office in Dallas, Texas. Upcoming Events & More Save the dates of March 13 - 15, 2014 when Houston Mod will host the second annual DoCoMoMo US National Symposium in Houston. Modsters from across the country will convene in Houston to examine modernism's legacy and consider its future. Astrodome: Harris County commissioners want to hear from you about the Astrodome. Please send your ideas and comments for new uses for the building by letter and email. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers make great gifts and will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  21. Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, June 23, for Mod of the Month from 2-4 PM. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 1807 Wroxton Road, Houston, Texas 77005 Southampton Place HAR LINK A sophisticated residence by architect Charles Tapley, FAIA, offers gallery-style spaces connecting private living pavilions. Timeless design has been protected and intelligently updated. Amenities include a luxurious bedroom suite with floating staircase and loft, a dramatic library/den with bath and double-height ceilings, plus clerestory windows, and a private shaded front courtyard with sparkling pool. Charles Tapley is a 1955 graduate of Rice University and became a registered architect in Texas in 1960 and a registered landscape architect in 1970. He founded Tapley & Associates in 1960 where he has designed many signature landmarks in the Houston area such as Tranquility Park, the Contemporary Art Museum, a courtyard landscape at the Museum of Fine Arts, Buffalo Bayou parks and improvements, the Camp Allen Retreat, various churches, residences, as well as playgrounds and parks for the Texas Medical Center. He is an Adjunct Professor in Architecture at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. Tapley was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1979 for his outstanding contributions to the profession. In 2011 Tapley received the Houston AIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Tapley's archive is at Rice University: Charles Tapley architectural collection, MS 523, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library. 6127 Riverview Way, Houston, Texas 77057 Tanglewood, Section 15 HAR LINK This ultra-modern redesign by architect Tom Hurt, AIA was recently completed near Houston Country Club in the Tanglewood neighborhood. Portions of the original 1966 modern house remain including the original poured in place terrazzo floors which gleam in the expansive light-filled living space complete with built in seating and a modern fireplace. The master bedroom occupies it`s own wing with spacious dressing and bath areas. A guest room is also downstairs. Upstairs there are two additional bedrooms, a playroom and a secluded study. Every room features great natural light, interesting architectural angles, and sleek modern finishes. Hurt Partners Architects is an architectural practice in Austin, Texas, headed by principal Tom Hurt, AIA. The firm’s built and ongoing work is known for its well-proportioned and dynamic forms and spaces as well as sensitive relationships to its site. Hurt Partners designs highly sustainable buildings- limiting building size by careful study of clients’ needs and reusing and readapting buildings and building materials where possible. Hurt received his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upcoming Events Save the date of October 5th, 2013 for the 7th annual DoCoMoMo US Tour Day. This annual event gathers chapters, members, students, architects, historians and the general public to celebrate the modern movement in the US. Details on Houston's events will be announced soon. Click here for more information. http://www.docomomo-us.org/tourday Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  22. Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 15, for Mod of the Month from 2 - 4 PM. This is a special opportunity to study a house by the noted architects Howard Barnstone and Gene Aubry. The house is in need of new preservation-minded owners. Richmond's Jane Long neighborhood is located 22 miles southwest of the Galleria on Highway 59/69 near Grand Parkway. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 109 Hillcrest Drive, Richmond, Texas 77469 Jane Long Addition HAR LINK Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry designed this outstanding modern house situated on over 3 rolling acres in the beautiful Jane Long addition of Richmond, Texas for the Butler family. A long curving drive terminates in a gated circle at the entrance to the expansive four bedroom house built in the mid 1960's. Architectural historian Stephen Fox reports the house originally had a flat roof. The house is meticulously detailed with carefully proportioned rooms, walls of glass, fireplaces, floor to ceiling doors and abundant storage. C. C. Pat Fleming was the landscape architect. Upcoming Events Save the date of October 5th, 2013 for the 7th annual DoCoMoMo US Tour Day. This annual event gathers chapters, members, students, architects, historians and the general public to celebrate the modern movement in the US. Details on Houston's events will be announced soon. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Important: The vote to save the Astrodome is November 5th. Please remind everyone to support this monumental effort. Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
  23. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, August 25, for Mod of the Month from 2-4 PM. Three fantastic mid-century modern houses in the new town of Lake Jackson will be open for touring. All seek new preservation-minded owners. Lake Jackson is located 48 miles south of the Astrodome on Highway 288. Special thanks to Marty Merritt, organizer of the 2012 Lake Jackson tour, for researching this event. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 518 Circle Way Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 HAR LINK Architect Ernest L. Shult designed this stylish mostly flat roofed contemporary style house for Russell and Bernice Gibbs about 1951. The expansive house, situated on almost an acre of land along Oyster Creek, features large rooms. The living room has a sloped ceiling with clerestory windows and a brick wall containing a fireplace with unique brick design and built-in cabinets. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Ernest L. Shult was a 1923 graduate of Rice Institute and became a registered architect in Texas in 1938. He worked in Houston for the well known architect Alfred C. Finn and later opened his own office. 530 Circle Way Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 HAR LINK The free flow of indoor and outdoor spaces sets the theme for this unique house designed by architect Allen R. Williams, Jr. for John and Grace Keselik. It is designed to allow expansive views of the large shaded creek-front site. The details are amazing. Exquisite redwood panels the living area while the kitchen has been thoughtfully composed with extensive counter and storage space. Openness abounds with the high ceilings and abundant windows. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms plus a game room and screened porch. Allen Williams was a 1946 graduate of the University of Texas and became an architect in Texas in 1946. He worked briefly for John F. Staub then established his own office in Houston where he practiced for the rest of his career. 530 Oak Drive Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 HAR LINK Here is yet another creek-front mid-century modern house in beautiful Lake Jackson. High sloped ceilings, skylights, and plate glass walls open and brighten this free flowing four bedroom house situated on almost an acre of land. The open concept living and kitchen areas are designed for entertaining. The original owner has been contacted and hopes to provide the history and original plans for the house including the architect's name. Upcoming Events Save the date of October 5th, 2013 for the 7th annual DoCoMoMo US Tour Day. This annual event gathers chapters, members, students, architects, historians and the general public to celebrate the modern movement in the US. Details on Houston's events will be announced soon. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month! Houston Mod is a non-profit, 501©(3), membership organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.
  24. Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, July 28, 2013 for Mod of the Month from 3-5 PM. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 3506 Deal Street, Houston, Texas 77025 Braes Terrace, Section 2 HAR LINK This early 1950's contemporary is located near the center of the city, especially convenient to the Medical Center, Hermann Park, and Astrodome areas and only a half mile to the Braes Bayou exercise trail. Many of the original mid-century details remain in nice condition such as wood paneling and handsome built-ins in the den plus the fantastic kitchen with built-in glass front china display and vintage laminate countertops. There are four bedrooms and two full baths in this bright and open plan with many windows and walls of glass viewing the beautiful tree shaded landscape. Come see the potential in this well situated mod. Upcoming Events Save the date of October 5th, 2013 for the 7th annual DoCoMoMo US Tour Day. This annual event gathers chapters, members, students, architects, historians and the general public to celebrate the modern movement in the US. Details on Houston's events will be announced soon. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org Houston Mod publications and vintage Astrodome bumper stickers will be sold at Sunday's event. Houston Mod is a non-profit, 501©(3), membership organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.
  25. Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, February 24, for Mod of the Month from 2 PM to 4 PM. Two vintage contemporary style houses in the Briargrove Park neighborhood will be featured. The houses are presently available for purchase and in need of new preservation-minded owners. Briargrove Park is an attractive wooded neighborhood in west Houston, located near Briar Forest and the Sam Houston toll road, about 4 miles west of the Galleria area. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Troy Osborne of 5ifty 5ifty mod, modern design collector and dealer, will be on hand to display some of his recent finds. 10051 Wickersham Lane, Houston, Texas 77042 Briargrove Park, Section One HAR LINK The Space Age lives on happily in this contemporary style home built in 1963 by Paul J. McConnell, one of Houston's most respected builders. Only occupied by the original owner who lavished the house with extreme care, you will not find hardly even a scratch on the almost all original interior. A swanky wide foyer with brick planters and terrazzo floor opens to the cathedral living and dining space with north views of the shaded front yard through a wall of soaring plate glass. The den is anchored by an unusually handsome brick fireplace wall and views the south lawn through another wall of plate glass. The kitchen has a Flair oven by Frigidaire with the marvelous glass swing-up door. The breakfast room and master bedroom can access the large covered patio through sliding glass doors. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large utility room, and an attached two car garage. Visit with Houston MODern Market dealer Troy Osborne at this location. 10006 Burgoyne Road, Houston, Texas 77042 Briargrove Park, Section One HAR LINK Architect Jay Carroll designed this clean-lined contemporary style house for the 1961 Parade of Homes where over 200,000 people toured the latest concepts in home design. The house was built by Maggie Plumb, one of Houston's first woman homebuilders. To make her houses unique, Plumb rethought everything from the perspective of the active housewife with a growing family. This house incorporates many unique ideas such as a central courtyard, living and dining rooms facing the rear patio and the den and kitchen in front. Most unusual, the three children's bedrooms open to a central playroom with direct access to the back yard. Acclaimed Houston artist Margaret Dreyer originally decorated the house. The original concepts remain intact even though the house has been updated. Upcoming Events April is MODern Month in Texas!- a month long celebration of modernism in Texas. Events are being scheduled for every week including Houston MODern Market April 17 - 22. Visit HoustonMODernMarket.com for more information. Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org We hope to see you Sunday at Mod of the Month!
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