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September Mod of the Month
Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, September 18, 2016 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 1:30 - 3:30 PM.
 
Please join us to help find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage contemporary home in the Woodside subdivision of Houston, located about 6 miles southwest of downtown. Note that the usual event time has been adjusted to allow for attendance of an architecture talk by Stephen Fox at 4 PM, further details below.
 
Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. Save the date for the next MODern Market on April 21 - 23, 2017!
 
 
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The theme of September's Mod of the Month is Before & After. This house was also Mod of the Month in July 2015 when it was being sold by the original owner in worn, but almost original condition. Come see how it has escaped demolition and been restored and renovated with care for the original design and character. 
 
Architect James Womack designed the striking butterfly-roofed house in 1955. Womack was a 1950 graduate of the University of Houston College of Architecture. He became a registered architect in 1950 and designed structures located throughout Houston including Meyerland, Glenbrook Valley, and Meadowcreek Village. He worked with architect John Phenix.
Other News & Events
"Constructing Jewish Houston" Talk By Stephen Fox 
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Follow up the Houston Mod of the Month event on Sunday, September 18 at 4 PM, with a lecture by architectural historian and Master Mod Stephen Fox on works of architecture associated with Houston's Jewish community. The talk will pose the question: how have these buildings and sites contributed to Houston's emergence as a major U.S. city? The lecture is part of the 8th Annual Rice University Jewish Studies Lecture Series presented in partnership with the Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and will be at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center located at 5601 S Braeswood Blvd. Tickets available online for $10 for the general public. 
Mecom Fountain Restored By Friends!
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Thanks to the Friends of the Fountainthe Mecom Fountain has been restored to its 1964, Eugene Werlin design. The Friends, led by Pheobe Tudor and Bill Baldwin, hosted a Ribbon Cutting event last week, celebrating the restoration. Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke to the crowd on the importance of preserving our past. The group raised well over the $60,000 goal to reverse inappropriate alterations to the protected city landmark that began earlier this year. Surplus funds from the crowd-sourced campaign allowed for completion of the original scope to remove limestone panels and patch holes, as well as additional work to re-coat the bowls to original specifications, replace lights, and install a chlorination system. Well done, Friends!
Houston To Host Nation's Preservationists
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference, Past Forward, will be held in Houston, November 15-18, 2016. Attendees will explore how preservation can play a greater role in securing healthier, more sustainable and just cities through educational programming, field studies, and special events throughout the city. Click here to view a promotional video created by the Trust showcasing Houston. Visit the Past Forward website to learn more or register. Stay tuned for info on special ticket availability to the Candlelight House Tour for Houston Mod members. 
   
One last Before & After look at Sunday's Mod of the Month:
 
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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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