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Tour 2 Mods 3-23-2014 - Bellaire & Westbury


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Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, March 23, for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. 

Two vintage 1950's modern/contemporary style houses, situated southwest of downtown Houston are featured.  They are both 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 fall 2014.



4520 Oleander Street, Cranford Place, Bellaire, Texas 77401

(For Sale by Owner and Option Pending)


Architect William Jenkins, associate of the firm William N. Floyd Associates (possibly assisted by Harwood Taylor) designed and built this beautiful modern house in 1952 for Arthur and Hannah Ginzbarg on a large lot in the City of Bellaire.  Mrs. Ginzbarg has recently died.  Her son who lives out of state is searching for a new owner for the house who will promise to preserve it. 
The house was cherished by the family and thoughtfully maintained in original condition in hopes it would someday attract an appreciative next owner. It has a compact and efficient design incorporating many fine details such as walls of floor to ceiling operable windows,  blueprint matched wood cabinet walls, built-in TV and hi-fi system, built in clock, cork flooring and a tectum ceiling.   Next door and two doors down, to the East, Jenkins and Taylor built two similar houses which have been replaced with new construction.

Photos shown from the Houston Mod publication High Style in the Suburbs- The Early Modern Houses of William R. Jenkins, 1951 - 1958   






5702 Warm Springs, Westbury, Section 3, Houston, Texas 77035

Rob and Laura Petrie of the 1960's Dick Van Dyke television program would be right at home in this still authentic house built for the 1959 Parade of Homes in the Westbury neighborhood. Architect Jack W. Knostman, of the firm Knostman & Webster, designed the house as well as two others for the '59 Parade plus oversaw the architectural control committee that year.  He was a 1936 graduate of Rice Institute.  
The house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and large open living, dining and kitchen areas as well as many unique features incorporated in response to surveys of thousands of potential home buyers from the previous year's event. The house was included in Art & Architecture magazine.  The original promotional material states: 

A gay informal note is struck by the Hawaiian lanai entrances which are located on each side of the house behind the carports (now enclosed). The housewife hasn't been left out.  Her paradise is a beautiful kitchen of inspired design.   The kitchen remains in near mint condition as well as many other aspects of the house.  





News and Events
Thanks to all who attended and sponsored last week's DoCoMoMo US National Symposium in Houston.  Over 125 modsters from across the country visited Houston to examine modernism's legacy and consider its future.

April is MODern Month in Houston and Texas.  This year's roster of events will be issued soon.  Check the Preservation Texas Website for more information


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 at Mod of the Month!
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