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December Mod of the Month

Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, December 17, 2017
for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM.

Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for two vintage modern houses located in the Braeswood area, about  6 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Both houses were designed by the highly regarded architect Joseph Krakower with assistance from Herb Greene, who later achieved international acclaim with his own practice. The houses are listed in the AIA Houston Architecture Guide. Unfortunately, both houses were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. 


Event parking is available on Glen Arbor as well as on Edloe and Tartan Streets.


Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 



3611 North Braeswood Boulevard, Braes Heights, Houston, Texas 77025

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A triangular theme pervades in this 1958 house designed for the Dr. David Mendell family. Indoor and outdoor seamlessly meld, and portions of the flat roof seem to float above the dramatic fireplace. Outstanding details include the continuous ribbon windows, canted sliding cabinet doors, angled roof supports, upturned roof corners, and triangular-shaped wood siding elements. The spacious layout includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms plus a tropically landscaped swimming pool.  This is a stunningly attractive creation.



3615 North Braeswood Boulevard, Braes Heights, Houston, Texas 77025

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Krakower & Greene designed this house in 1957 for the Salzman family who owned it until 2014. The design details are unusually refined featuring pyramidal volumes over the front facing dining and bed rooms which also feature corner-placed plate glass windows. The house was recently renovated. The owners are considering selling or raising the house.


Joseph David Krakower was born in Houston and graduated from Rice Institute in 1943 with a BS in architecture. He then attended USC where he earned a Masters in Architecture degree in 1947. He worked for Robert Kerrah and Lenard Gabert before starting his own firm in 1949. Krakower also designed the Barvin house once located at 3506 Glen Arbor.


Herb Greene was Krakower's designer from 1954 to 1958. He was born in New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1952. He studied under and worked for Bruce Goff in Oklahoma and also worked for John Lautner before coming to Houston.


In Other News

If you have more information about these houses, architects, or others in the area, please inform Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our website. Look for an all new HoustonMod.org website coming soon! 

The Mod Squad will be on hand at Sunday's event to assist with membership and publication purchases.  The new Houston Mod publication, Constructing Houston's Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evans Jones, by Ben Koush, is now available.  Houston Mod memberships and publications make excellent gifts! 


The 2017 Houston Mod Preservation Awards were presented last week at the Houston Mod Holiday Party.  Visit the Houston Mod website or Facebook page to learn about the recipients.  


An architectural tour of the Mid-Texas Gulf Coast is planned for late January 2018.  Ensure your membership is current to receive an invitation.

We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!

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.

Copyright © 2017 Houston Mod, P.O. Box 541353, Houston, TX 77254, All rights reserved.


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