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Houston Mod co-founder Anna Mod has a new book out titled

Building Modern Houston.

She will discuss the book on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Houston Modern Market.

Building Modern Houston will be on sale at the presentation to benefit Houston Mod.


Here's the press release:

New from Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Building Modern Houston by local author Anna Mod. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

Founded in 1836, Houston is now the country’s fourth-largest city. In the early 20th century, Houston’s economy shifted from agriculture to oil, fueling the city’s explosive growth in the following decades.

Houston grabbed the reins and saw a building boom in commercial, residential, and civic architecture that redefined the city and skyline. Modernism was a new and fresh architectural expression and the perfect complement to the city’s can-do entrepreneurial spirit.

The 1960s brought ground-breaking ceremonies for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) headquarters, while residents and tourists alike lined up to tour the revolutionary new Astrodome. Building Modern Houston tells the story of Houston’s architecture during its transformation from “Bayou City” to “Space City.”

Highlights of Building Modern Houston include:

· The story of the Houston Astrodome.

· Landmarks of Houston’s NASA history.

· Architecture of private homes and post-war suburban expansion.

· Houston's earliest modern-era skyscrapers that transformed the city's skyline

· The surviving treasures of the Richmond Avenue corridor

· Philip Johnson and his contemporaries in Houston

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.

Anna Mod grew up in Houston. She is a 1986 graduate of Tulane University with a BA in Art History and Latin American Studies. Her graduate degree in Historic Preservation is from the University of Vermont in Burlington. She is currently a Historic Preservation Specialist at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Houston.

Mod is a board member of The Heritage Society (Houston) and Texas Dance Hall Preservation. She is published in Cite and Texas Architect magazines and is a contributing author of Buildings of Texas, vol. I, part of the national series Buildings of the United States published by the Society of Architectural Historians and due out in April 2012. She has taught historic preservation courses at the architecture colleges at Prairie View A&M and the University of Houston. She is a US Masters swimmer and scuba diver.


What lasting impact do you hope your book will leave?

Renewed appreciation and respect for Houston's legacy of mid-century modern buildings.

Visit HoustonMODernMarket.com for more event information.

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