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September Mod of the Month
Houston Mod invites you to join us in Galveston this Sunday, September 27, 2015 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2-4 PM.
It's Palm Springs on the Island at this month's event featuring two fantastic architect designed houses in Galveston needing new preservation-minded owners. The houses are located about 50 miles southeast of downtown Houston.
Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event.
Frank Sinatra recommended Palm Springs architect E. Stewart Williams to his friend Sam Maceo, Galveston club and casino operator. The result is this landmark modern house, one of the areas most important architectural treasures. Completed in 1951 in Galveston's desirable Cedar Lawn neighborhood, it was intended for Maceo's young family as well as entertaining friends like Sinatra, Bob Hope, George Burns, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Dorsey and Phil Harris among others. The
original landscape and interior design plans were completed by nationally prominent designers Garrett Eckbo and T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.
The expansive house is centered around an amoeba shaped swimming pool and lush gardens. Over 6,000 square feet of living space includes four to six bedrooms and nine full bathrooms plus one half bathroom. Floors are travertine and flagstone. Cabinetry of American black walnut and birds-eye maple is found in most rooms. The exterior is redwood and brick. The walled lot is over one acre in size. Cedar Lawn subdivision contains a number of important houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Open for the first time, this important house by architect Thomas M. Price is still owned by the family that commissioned and built the house in the late 1950s. Architectural historian Stephen Fox described Price as Galveston's foremost modern architect. Price (1916-1998) was from Virginia and received his master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was instructed by modern masters Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius. Price was involved in early efforts to preserve Galveston's architectural heritage.
The Cokins house is ideally situated about a block from the beach yet at one of the island's highest elevations. The composition includes a white brick exterior with signature mod solar panels screening the front facing entry court complete with planter box and goldfish pool. Doors and many windows extend full length floor to ceiling. A contrasting dark brick fireplace divides the living areas. Every detail seems to have been thoughtfully articulated. A restoration of the house is planned.
Professor Guy W. Carwile thoroughly discussed Price's Jack Tar Hotel and other work last fall at Houston Modern Market.  For further discussion and photos click here

    Other Events & Updates

Saturday, October 10th, 11 AM, 12:30 PM & 2 PM
Uncommon Modern Bus Tour - Brookhollow Business Park
Join Houston Mod on a tour of Brookhollow Business Park and explore mid and low-rise modern commercial  buildings in a lesser known area of Houston. The tour is part of Docomomo US' Tour Day, a nation-wide celebration of mid-century design. Tickets: $15-$20. 
Call for Nominations
2015 Houston Mod Preservation Awards
Deadline: October 11th
Houston Mod is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Houston Mod Preservation Awards. Click the link above to nominate individuals or organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore, preserve and/or advocate for Houston's modern heritage.
We hope to see you at Sunday's Mod of the Month event in Galveston!  Houston Mod publications will be available.  Please join us at the Houston Mod Discussion Forum and Houston Mod Facebook Page for more mod-minded fun.
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

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.


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The Maceo house is one of the most spectacular mods I've ever seen. It's huge, largely original, and reasonably well-preserved. If I won the lottery, I'd be on the phone to the listing agent shortly thereafter, followed by Stern & Bucek. A comparable house in Houston on a lot that size would easily fetch at least 2-3X the asking price of this one. 

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