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  1. Inspired by the Westbury thread here, I googled like crazy to find photos.
  2. JANUARY Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, January 31st 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 us find new preservation-minded owners for these outstanding vintage modern houses located about 9 miles west of downtown Houston. One house is open for touring and two near- by are drive-bys, and viewable online. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 3 Spring Hollow Street, Houston, TX 77024 (Open Sunday) HAR Link | Google Map Wilson, Morris and Crain designed this house about 1950 for the H. Fletcher and Katherine T. Brown family. The single level house with built-up low pitched gravel covered roof is situated on a magnificent wooded lot. Tremendous amounts of glass create a strong connection to the naturalistic creek front setting. H. Fletcher Brown was an attorney and Katherine T. Brown was a professor at Rice University, teaching art history in the school of architecture, plus serving as dean of undergraduate students. She graduated from Rice in 1938 and in 1963 received an MFA from Cornell University. She was described as being almost impossibly elegant and as a beloved instructor with students clamoring to take her classes until her 1989 retirement. Wilson, Morris and Crain and firm were mostly Rice graduates. The firm was one of the most prominent in Houston, later hired to design the Astrodome and One Shell Plaza plus many others. By 1972, the firm had become known as S. I. Morris Associates. 339 Hunters Trail Street, Houston, TX 77024 (Drive-by and online tour) HAR Link | Google Map Charles Tapley designed this attractive, well appointed house with an open feel organized around a private large central courtyard bringing in shady views. Abundant windows are balanced with gallery like art spaces. Charles Tapley was an architect, landscape architect and taught architecture at the University of Houston. He was a 1955 Rice graduate and perhaps most known for his work to preserve and restore Buffalo Bayou. Tapley designed the now endangered Tranquillty Park that honors the Apollo 11 moon mission. 347 Hunters Trail Street, Houston, TX 77024 (Drive-by and online tour) HAR Link | Google Map This extremely thoughtfully conceived house known as "The House of Ideas" was built for House and Garden magazine with architect Bruce E. Sasse, Jr. and wife Del in charge of the design from the office of Ford, Powell & Carson of San Antonio. Houston's often pleasant climate can be enjoyed thanks to the incorporation of covered outdoor walkways, deeply shaded porches and screened dining and living areas. Note the special detailing of the doors and walls, soaring sloped ceilings, and how the house transitions into the landscape in several areas. Ford, Powell & Carson was founded in 1939 by legendary regional modernist O'Neil Ford. Their work involves both historic and new structures. Houston Mod has toured HemisFair '68 and the campus of Trinity University, two of their projects. 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 Houston Mod mourns the loss of Thesalone Williams who died peacefully on November 30, 2020 at the age of 101. Thesy moved to Houston in the 1950s with her architect husband, Allen Williams. Together their firm produced many residential and commercial buildings of charming distinction in Houston, Brenham, Bay City, Wharton and other surrounding towns. She did the interior design work and drawings along with her husband, Allen. There was never a project too small or too large. Thesy was a long time volunteer with Houston Mod and a great resource of Houston's Modern past of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the architect community of that time. She was a great friend and longtime supporter of Houston Mod and will be greatly missed. Happy Birthday to Victor Lundy, FAIAwho turns 98 on February 1st. Mr. Lundy, arguably the most renowned architect to have lived and worked in Houston, We wish him much health and happiness in the years to come. Houston Mod is a friend organization ofDocomomo US, a national non-profit organization dedicated to theDocumentation and Conservation of theModern 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. 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.
  3. View this email in your browser June Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, June 14, 2020 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 3 - 5 PM. At mid-point in 2020, we hope you will help us find new preservation-minded owners for these outstanding vintage modern houses located 10 miles west of downtown Houston. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 319 Westminster Drive, Huntleigh, Houston, TX 77024 HAR Link In 1959, Doctors Erwin and Gloria Biles built this flat-roofed modern house in the Memorial area neighborhood of Huntleigh. It was designed by Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, one of the most successful architecture firms in the nation. Their work is valued for its design excellence executed to the highest standards. A dramatic double door entry opens to gleaming terrazzo floors flowing throughout the living areas and most of the house. A sparkling vintage swimming pool is the central focal point of the U shaped plan with glass walls opening much of the back elevation. The house and property size is large yet not overwhelming. The architecture firm had several arrangements yet mainly consisted of partners F. Talbott Wilson (1912-1988), Seth I. Morris (1914-2006), Bluford Walter Crain, Jr. (1914-1995) and Ralph Anderson (1923-1990). All were graduates of Rice School of Architecture except for Crain who was a University of Texas School of Architecture graduate.Their major commissions have shaped Houston plus much of the state and include work all or in part on such major buildings as the Astrodome, First City National Bank, the Houston Public Library Downtown, the Houston Country Club, One and Two Shell Plaza, Pennzoil Place, the Wortham Theater, Glassell School of Art (demolished), Williams Tower, the Houston Post building, KPRC and KHOU TV offices (both demolished), the Frank Erwin Center (set for demolition), Harris County Family Law Center (endangered), and numerous others. Architect Ray Morris, Jr. (1928-2010) assisted with the design of 319 Westminster. Ralph Anderson designed a second house for Doctors Erwin and Gloria Biles, a post modern townhouse located nearby. Masks are required to be worn for this event. This is an occupied home so please try to resist touching when inside and maintain 6 feet of social spacing. The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases. Memberships and publications make excellent gifts! 203 Chimney Rock Road, Huntleigh, Houston, TX 77024 (Exterior Tour Only) HAR Link In 1965, after living in Japan and China, Dr. Garfford Broussard and wife Irene built this Asian inspired tree house-like modern design in a wooded ravine setting. Exotic plants and fruit trees were added among extensive rock terraces and pathways mimicking the environments of Asia and Hawaii. The house is said to be the design of the owner. The living areas are elevated with parking below. An attractively detailed double height space was created for the family room where a rounded rock corner fireplace and open tread stairway are sensational. Shoji screens and intricately composed oriental lattice provide shade for the western windows. Covered porches and walkways surround much of the house on every level providing a close tie to nature. Dr. Garford Broussard, with his twin brother Clifford, also built an interesting modern office building located at 9183 Katy Freeway in 1963 to house their dental and orthodontist practices. The building is said to have also been designed by Dr. Broussard. Additional parking for the tour is available on the northern portion of Westminster Drive. About Houston Mod & Mod of the Month Houston Mod is a non-profit 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. The Mod of the Month (MOTM) program, launched in 2006, was devised to promote the preservation of modern buildings by educating the public of their architectural and cultural importance in an attempt to show the buildings as desirable to a next generation of owners. The program received a Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston in 2009 and continues its important mission. MOTM's promote the preservation of Mid Century Modern architecture during a time when the properties are most vulnerable - when they are placed for sale. The value embodied within modern properties often goes unseen by the public and real estate agent who may list the property as a candidate for demolition or contemporary renovation. The original design concept, architect, and owners of modern homes are important, and provide both a quality space and history desired by many home seekers. Modern is historic? Yes! Properties that are at least 50 years old may be considered for historic designation by national, state, and local preservation programs. Most of the featured Mod of the Month homes are eligible for designation at the local level, many also at the state and/or national level. The City of Houston offers tax exemptions to owners for appropriate work conducted to improve locally designated historic homes. For more information on designating a modern property, contact the City of Houston Historic Preservation Office, or email Houston Mod at info@houstonmod.org.
  4. While chatting with Bob at Imparali Tailor today, I learned that all tenants in his building were given a 6 month notice to vacate. He said the building would be torn down in order to build a 15 story office tower. This is basically just hearsay, but I thought HAIF would like to know. The building is across Richmond from Midway's Kirby Grove. I didn't find a previous thread for this address in a search. Apologies if this is old news.
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