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Mod of the Month

Sunday, July 24th, 2011, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Houston Mod's First Mod of the Month event in Galveston

Houston Mod invites you to join us in Galveston this Sunday for Mod of the Month. Three outstanding houses will be open for touring. The houses are presently available for purchase. They are located near the central and East end of the island. This is a free event.

43 Cedar Lawn Circle, Galveston, Texas 77551

Cedar Lawn Subdivision


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 landscape and interior design plans were completed by nationally famous 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 eight to eleven bedrooms and nine full bathrooms plus two half bathrooms. 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.

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58 Cedar Lawn Circle, Galveston, Texas 77551

Cedar Lawn Subdivision


The flamboyant and spacious Woody and Joila Walker House, built in 1946 with a combination of angular and circular designs, is one of Galveston's most unique vintage homes. Beautiful wood walls and ceilings grace much of the lower floor living area. The den has a full glass wall that overlooks the lap pool and spa. There is a room with a bar off the den. This residence is located in the lushly landscaped Cedar Lawn subdivision which is listed on the national register of historic places.

The Galveston Architecture Guide states Mr. Walker was manager of one of the Maceo clubs. The house was designed by Michael A. Loomis and built by his brother Gus Loomis in a style termed Mexican ranchero moderne.

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1310 Harbor View, Galveston, Texas 77550

Harbor View 1 Subdivision


W. Irving Phillips designed this house in 1960 for Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pauls, Jr. while working for architect Thomas Greacen II. The principal rooms are on the second floor to provide better views of the near-by Galveston harbor. Floor to ceiling windows throughout are distinctive features of this iconic mid-century modern house. A boldly designed sunscreen protects the west facing front wall of glass in tribute to Parisian modern architect Le Corbusier.

Also on the second floor is a half-bathroom, a large built-in china cabinet, and built-in shelving and cabinets. The parquet floors have recently been restored. The master suite and an office are located in a separate wing. The foyer, three bedrooms, two baths, a dressing room/laundry, and storage room are located on the first floor.

This neighborhood contains a number of outstanding modern homes.

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Houston Mod is planning a members-only tour in San Antonio on August 6th. If you have not received the announcement, your membership may have expired. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org .

Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod.

Houston Mod board members will be available to discuss how Houston Mod is advocating for the recent past on the local, state and national level, and discuss partnering with groups like Preservation Texas and DoCoMoMo US.

Houston Mod recently became the first friend organization of DoCoMoMo US. Houston Mod Members are invited to join DoCoMoMo at 1/2 the regular listed membership rates.

Houston Mod publications will be available during the open house including:

High Style in the Suburbs, The Early Modern Houses of Architect William Jenkins, 1951-1958.

Houston Mod is planning several members-only events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org

See you in Galveston!

Houston Mod

Houston Mod was recently recognized with a third "Good Brick Award" from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance for the Mod of the Month open house program.

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