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May 3 Mod of the Month- 2 Open Houses 2-4


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Please join us this Sunday, May 3, (2:00 - 4:00 PM), at our Mod of the Month open houses!

4012 Willowick Road

River Oaks Tall Timbers, 77019


Neuhaus & Taylor architects designed this sophisticated contemporary house located in River Oaks on a premier .75 acre lot with two gated entrances, ample parking, and a three car garage. A 1,750 SF covered veranda surrounds the house. The indoor/outdoor aspects of the design are further enhanced by a well proportioned 765 SF screened patio area ideal for entertaining. Abundant natural light is found throughout the house and a wall of glass opens to views of the lush yard and sparkling swimming pool. Thermador appliances, 2 Sub-Zero refrigerators, granite island, and custom cherry cabinets complete the gourmet kitchen. The luxurious master wing of the house is complete with a beautiful dressing area and his and hers bathrooms and closets. The four bedroom, one story house had a major update in 1999 yet retains the architects intentions and many of his original details. The plans and specifications will be available for viewing.

The Houston Mod publication Booming Houston and the Modern House- Residential Architecture of Neuhaus and Taylor will be available at the house.

HAR Link

4603 Ivanhoe Street

Afton Oaks, 77027


According to the HAR listing: Great corner lot in Afton Oaks! Property being sold 'as is.' Great investment opportunity with possibility of remodeling this contemporary home designed by Allen R. Williams for his family. It is a compelling mixture of conventional 1950's Ranch & the work of Frank Lloyd Wright & the architecture of the American Southwest.

The University of Texas educated architect Allen R. Williams and his wife Thesalone Williams, an interior designer, spent six years designing this dream house for their family. They were among the first to purchase a lot in the then undeveloped neighborhood but one of the last to build. Every aspect of the house was thoroughly analyzed and thoughtfully designed. The living areas and kitchen, originally completely open and flowing as one large space, were designed with many completely unique organic details. Soaring ceilings, large expanses of glass, multi leveled terrazo flooring and free flowing brickwork compose the room. Triangular openings in the brick columns provide the conditioned air. The kitchen, viewing a walled garden complete with rock waterfall and pond, still appears to contain the original cabinetry raised on a brick platform and topped with the original marble countertops. The architect even incorporated a chess game board into the terrazo floor for his sons at the base of the stairway. This is a unique and stunning house.

HAR Link

Other Houston Mod publications will also be available including the just released High Style in the Suburbs, The Early Modern Houses of William Jenkins, 1951-1958. Since we sold out of our first shipment during the enthusiastically attended tour last Saturday, we will offer the books at the special tour rate of $15.00 (cash or check) one last time.

See you there,

Houston Mod

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Mrs. Allen Williams (Thesalone) and the former Mrs. Harwood Taylor (Cynthia) will attend the Mod of the Month open house event. They are looking forward to talking to everyone about the houses and about life and architecture in mid-20th-century Houston.

Mrs. Williams said the first floor of her house was completely open from the fireplace on the West wall to the kitchen sink on the East wall. A later owner added the wall and desk between the kitchen and dining room. She arranged her furniture in the living area so that there was no need for railings along the edge of the elevated portion. The floor in the entire room, including under the present carpet, is terrazo.

She said the roof on her house was originally cedar shake and called it a Thunderbird roof in the ocean wave pattern. Williams used this style roof on several of his best houses. The balcony on the back of the house some have commented on has been altered. It originally was much deeper extending into the building. There was room for chairs where Mrs. Williams loved to sit and write poetry. She said the chandelier in the dining room has been added by a later owner. She did not have a hanging fixture there.

She said she and her husband designed a complementing house for Mr. Williams' parents that was located directly to the south of their house and fronted on the next street. It was recently demolished. Mr. Williams' father was a contracter/builder and built both of these houses. Allen Williams designed hundreds of houses and buildings located throughout Houston and many in Brenham, Bay City, Wharton and Liberty. In Houston, some of the houses he designed were in Meyerland, Tynewood, Riverside Terrace, and the Lakeside Country Club area. A two-story modern house for the President of the Houston Chronicle, John T. Jones, was designed and built at 25 N. Wynden. Mrs. Williams has a model of this house and of a house on South MacGregor Way. Williams also designed a house for LeRoy Melcher.

Mrs. Williams was an interior designer. She worked closely with her husband, detailing the interiors of most of his designs. She worked with the clients to select everything for interior of the houses.

Both of the architects of the houses featured on this Mod of the Month event designed modern houses which have been accepted as City of Houston Landmarks. This is a great opportunity to tour some of their best work.

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