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BenH    22
Thanks to whoever put this thread at the top! It is definitely one of the main focuses of this message board...

Maybe the "Favorite Mods" thread would be another for the top? But I wouldn't want to clutter the top so I don't know...

Ben - thanks for scanning those! We make a good team...


Yeah, I forgot...Jason did all the real legwork on this stuff, I just scanned it.

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BenH    22

The Schmiek house on Willowick by Lloyd & Morgan is still there, I just haven't been able to get a picture of it.

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BenH    22

Owsley House - Bolton & Barnstone






Publications unknown.

The Owsley House, Carter House and the other remaining mod on Briar Hollow were recently sold to a large family that intends to keep them. The Owsley house was having new landscaping put in last week.

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BenH    22

Flyer from the 1957 Tour:





This came from William R. Jenkins' personal scrapbook. Thanks to Jason Smith for tracking it down, and Melinda Jenkins.

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403 Blalock is still there. Listed as 3 Dunnam on HCAD. The original architect was A.A. Liefeste, with later additions by MacKie & Kamrath.

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BenH    22

The Thompson house by Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson on Tilbury was demolished at some point in the last year or so.

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J.W. Evans House - 3118 Georgetown. Any info about Evans would be much appreciated. I've never heard of him or anything about him. 




A note on another CAA house: Kenneth Bentsen told me that the house at 2933 Del Monte that was on the tour in 1965 was initially a very bland traditional house (his words) in River Oaks, which is exactly why he bought it. He completely redid the interiors in his simple, yet comfortable modernist style and lived there until the 1980's, when Bentsen designed a contemporary house for his family in Glendower Court. 

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Thought I would update this. 

C. CAA/CAM Modern House Tour Listings


Tour I, 27 April 1952

Hamilton Brown, Hunt House, 526 West Friar Tuck Lane (Demolished)

Hamilton Brown, Selig House, 3715 Inverness (Demolished)

Cowell & Neuhaus, Baker House, 3665 Willowick Road (Demolished)

Cowell & Neuhaus, Stude (Stevenson) House, 56 Tiel Way. Sympathetically altered. 

Philip Johnson, Menil House, 3363 San Felipe Road

MacKie & Kamrath, Adler House, 24 Tiel Way (Demolished)

Thompson McCleary, McCleary House, 6034 Memorial Drive (Demolished)

Edward Stone, Kempner House, 3688 Willowick Road (Demolished)

Wilson, Morris & Crain, Morris House, 2 Waverly Court


Tour II, 18-19 April 1953

Hamilton Brown, Hudgins House, 501 West Friar Tuck Lane (Demolished)

Hamilton Brown, Hohlt House, 223 Pine Shadows Drive (Demolished)

A. A. Liefeste, Jr., Lefieste House, 403 Blalock Road (Demolished). Address was changed to 3 Dunnam. Additions were done by MacKie & Kamrath. 

Smart & Whitehead, Smart House, 318 Pine Shadows Drive (Demolished)

Wilson, Morris & Crain, Buie House, 310 Saddlewood Lane (Demolished)


Tour III, 10-11 April 1954

Joseph Krakower, Davidson House, 2418 Maroneal Boulevard

Paul Laszlo, Herzog House, 2523 Maroneal Boulevard

Lloyd & Morgan, Liese House, 328 Buckingham Drive (Demolished)

Wilson, Morris & Crain, Cramerus House, 250 Pine Hollow Lane

Wilson, Morris & Crain, Lazarus House, 57 Briar Hollow Lane (Demolished)


Tour IV, 2-3 April 1955

Bolton & Barnstone, Hardison House, 233 Merrie Way (Demolished)

Paul Elliott, Crow House, 325 West Friar Tuck Lane (Demolished)

William N. Floyd, Floyd House, 226 Pine Hollow Lane

Lloyd & Morgan, Shimek House, 3760 Willowick Road

George Pierce - Abel B. Pierce, Pierce House, 5211 Greentree Road


Tour V, 14-15 April 1956

Bolton & Barnstone, Gordon House, 2307 Bluebonnet Boulevard

Hamilton Brown, Selig House, 3715 Inverness Drive. Unknown. Current house is traditional. HCAD says 1984, but that's just how far their records go back. 

Burdette Keeland, Pryor Apartment, Kipling Apartments II, 2719 Kipling Street. Pretty sure these are gone. There are townhouses on that address. 

Robert Wilson, Wilson Apartment, Bettis Apartments, 4311 Bettis Drive. These are still standing, but appear to have been converted into offices/apartments for a religious group. 


Tour VI, 13-14 April 1957

Lars Bang, Bendit (Kamin) House, 4111 Drummond Street (Fully restored)

Bolton & Barnstone, Demoustier House, 608 Little John Lane (Demolished)

David Brooks & Edward Brooks, Solomon House, 3615 South Braeswood Boulevard

William R. Jenkins, second Jenkins House, 10911 Willowisp Drive

Lloyd & Morgan, Straus House, 53 Briar Hollow Lane (Demolished)


Tour VII, 12-13 April 1958

Edward Goodwin, Jr., Goodwin House, 3 Leisure Lane (Demolished). 

George Pierce - Abel B. Pierce, Carroll House, 2014 Persa Street (address no longer exists, per HCAD)

Swenson & Linnstaedter, Swenson House, 3106 Brazos Street (I believe this was originally a home and studio, but HCAD lists it as a commercial building built in 1950. Must be it).

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Kelsey House, 2 Long Bow Lane (Demolished)

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Marshall House, 3700 Willowick Road (Demolished)


Tour VIII, 11-12 April 1959

Engberg & White, Engberg House, 24 Still Forest Road

Robert Maurice, Maurice House & Office, 3222 Mercer Street

Neuhaus & Taylor, Erath House, 11206 Tynewood Lane

Neuhaus & Taylor, Genitempo House, 310 Carnarvon Drive (Demolished)

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Thompson House, 4911 Tilbury Drive (Demolished)


Tour IX, 21-22 May 1960

Koetter & Tharp, Tharp House, 8218 Mallie Court (Demolished)

Lloyd & Morgan, Class House, Rice University

Lloyd & Morgan, Cooper House, 201 Kincaid Drive (unknown)

Neuhaus & Taylor, Frame House, 403 Westminster Drive

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Fulton House, Rice University


Tour X, 6-7 May 1961

Bolton & Barnstone, Lindsay House, 7623 River Point Drive

Travis Broesche, Walser House, 411 Fall River Road (Demolished, was Mod of The Month in 2016). 

Hamilton Brown, McClelland House, 11207 Tyne Court (Demolished)

William Hoff, Huvard House, 12526 Old Oaks Drive. I read somewhere that this house was by Jenkins & Hoff, but can't remember where. Either way, this house still stands and in good condition. 

George Pierce - Abel B. Pierce, Zwerneman (Lundgren) House, 16 Crestwood Drive (Additional building by Eugene Aubrey; remodeled by Gwathmey Siegal Assoc., once owned by Francois de Menil and featured in one of Gwathmey Siegal's first books, with photos by Richard Payne). The wild colors have been replaced for white, unfortunately. ***As of 2017, there are still parts of this house standing, but it's certain that the overall intent is no longer intact.***


Tour XI, 28-29 April 1962

Bolton & Barnstone, Owsley House, 65 Briar Hollow Drive. Owned by the Bone family, along with the Carter House at 62 Briar Hollow Lane and another house next door attributed to Ralph Anderson/Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson. 

MacKie & Kamrath, Ballantyne House, 2 Tiel Way (Mostly demolished but apparently going to be rebuilt or something by architect Chris Robertson). 

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Carter House, 62 Briar Hollow Lane

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Hines House, 146 Radney Street (demolished; photos exist in the original Houston Architecture Guide)


Tour XII, 1963

no information


Tour XIII, 5-6 December 1964

Howard Barnstone & Partners, Melcher House, 13 Tiel Way. This house is still there but has been significantly altered in a sort of Mediterranean style. 

H. F. P. Goeters & Associates, Salmon House, 506 Fall River Road (demolished)

Jenkins & Hoff, Sheer House, 616 Hedwig Lane (unknown, neighborhood has changed considerably). This one remains one of the bigger mysteries. I'm still not sure what the deal is with this house, whether it's been heavily altered, completely demolished, or is hidden on a wooded lot out of view.

Larson & Wingfield, Williams House, 31 Briar Hollow Lane (demolished)

F. Carrington Weems, Weems House, 919 Kirby Drive


Tour XIV, 30-31 October 1965

Kenneth Bentsen, Bentsen House, 2933 Del Monte Drive (not sure about this one; says constructed in 1935, remodeled in the 2000's, so it must still be there).

P. M. Bolton Associates, Bolton House, 5000 Longmont Drive

J. W. Evans, Evans House, 3118 Georgetown Street

Jenkins & Hoff, Hoff House, 672 Flintdale Road

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, Anderson House, 1638 Banks Street

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