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It's on Revere & Kipling, a couple of blocks from Kirby & Alabama. Quite large and quite impressive, although it's looking a little shabby. As a guy who was a kid in the 60s, this is what futuristic was all about. 4 A/C units outside! I took some photos but didn't get the address. You Mod fans out there must know about this one. It's right behind the proposed Kirby Condos (was that the name?). Will this one end up in the landfill too?

b8lish.jpg Revere St. side.

b8lkrl.jpg Corner shot.

b8ll50.jpg Kipling St. entrance.

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Yup... definitely the Penguin Arms. As Alan Hess mentioned in his lecture last week, this building was mentioned in the famous 1950s article that initially labeled Googie architecture. It is indeed a wonderful building and, from what I saw, it looked like one unit was opening up. What a cool building.

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It's an apartment building then. That explains all the A/C units. I figured it was a huge house. Well, hopefully its importance will enable it to survive if that neighborhood converts to mid-rises.

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I am a little confused. Is this place still apartments. I too alsways thought it was an individual house with some cooky old person living there. My image is shattered.

Around 1997 or so, the NE apartment (that faced the corner) was available and I went and took a look. The bottom floor is sunken below the ground. There was quite a bit of water damage and water intrusion from poorly sealed windows. The interior felt very late '60s with lots of unfinished wood.

I would have loved to rent it, but I had too many cars at the time and street parking was not acceptable for some of them.

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Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I have been curious about this address for a few months now (I have a good friend on Steel St. and pass it all the time). In the nearly three years since those photos were taken this building has really taken a downhill slide. Too bad - it's some very neat architecture.

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I think if you search Arthur Moss on here you will find some more buildings that he did. I also have an old newspaper ad of another apartment complex that I need to upload. It still exists, but has been given a major facelift. It's on Cummins lane, and is next door to a rather large Bill Jenkins designed apt. complex which has also been given that dreaded facelift treatment.

This building is probably one we should cherish while we still can.

Jason

Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I have been curious about this address for a few months now (I have a good friend on Steel St. and pass it all the time). In the nearly three years since those photos were taken this building has really taken a downhill slide. Too bad - it's some very neat architecture.
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We've (meaning Jason and I) tried several times in the past to get in touch with Phil Moss, whom we presume is Arthur Moss' brother. Phil was also Arthur's business partner in at least one venture (the Triton 101 apartments). Phil's son Gary owns Moss Landscaping. Aside from that, and three houses I've found (that have wavy roofs) that I once ascribed to Allen Williams, there's little or no trace of Arthur Moss. I'd love to know what happened to him.

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I think if you search Arthur Moss on here you will find some more buildings that he did. I also have an old newspaper ad of another apartment complex that I need to upload. It still exists, but has been given a major facelift. It's on Cummins lane, and is next door to a rather large Bill Jenkins designed apt. complex which has also been given that dreaded facelift treatment.

This building is probably one we should cherish while we still can.

Jason

I lived in an apartment on Cummins Lane back in the late 70's/early 80's when my parents moved us "inside the loop" from our southwest Houston/Westbury home. I was still living at home and in my first years of college and working in the Galleria. Which complex is the Jenkins designed complex and which is the Moss complex? Our address was 3131 Cummins. It was a great apartment, very large and great floor plan. Best feature was the sliding glass door entrances from outside in each of the two secondary bedrooms that my sister and I occupied. Great for coming in at all hours without distubing the parentsas well as sneaking people in with you. B)

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