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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

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!
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