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Tour 1957 Sputnik House Mod of the Month- 3-17-2019


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March Mod of the Month

Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, March 17, 2019 
for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM.

Please help Houston Mod find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage modern house in the Glenbrook Valley Historic District, located approximately 8 miles southeast of downtown Houston.

Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event.


8015 Glenforest Court, Glenbrook Valley, Houston, TX 77061
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Last month's Mod of the Month house was the home of a NASA astronaut - the Space Age theme continues with the marvelous Sputnik House as the focus of the March event. The house was built in 1957, the same year as the launch of the world's first space satellite called Sputnik, which so captivated the period that the original owner put into orbit a replica floating above the front door. The Sputnik  fixture is sensational as is the rest of the custom built house complete with sought after features like poured terrazzo floors, brick interior walls, pecky cypress siding, loads of custom cabinets and shelving,  colorful original light fixtures, a handsome brick fireplace wall, baths with sparkling original ceramic tile, and glass sliding doors leading to a spacious patio and back yard.

The house is prominently situated along a sweeping curve on a street of attractive mid-century era houses in the Glenbrook Valley neighborhood. In 2011, after a three year struggle, the neighborhood of 1,256 houses was designated the city's first historic district outside of the loop 610 freeway and is believed to be the largest mid-century era residential historic district in the United States. It is within Harris County and served by the Houston Independent School District. 


If you have more information about this, or other vintage modern houses and/or architects, please contact Houston Mod so we can include it in our Modern Houston Index on our soon to premier new website.


In Other News

April is MODern Month in Texas! This is the 10th annual celebration. The calendar will be available soon. If you are aware of an event focusing on modern design, please inform Houston Mod so it can be included. Look for a kickoff event at the first of the month. Modern Month brings attention to the importance of protecting modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas.

Houston Mod publications and membershipsmake great gifts and are available online and at events. Our most recent publication, Constructing Houston's Future, The Architecture of Arthur Evan Jones &  Lloyd Morgan Jones, by Ben Koush is our gift to you for joining or renewing at the benefactor level or above. Look for our upcoming publication release titled After Alden about vintage modern architecture in the Brazosport-Lake Jackson area, available in April.
Houston Mod is a friend organization of Docomomo US. Visit Docomomo US Latest News to keep up to date on the latest news on modernism celebration and advocacy efforts going on across the country.


We hope you'll join us at Mod of the Month!

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What a great mid-century mod! The bathrooms are so right especially with the angled-front drawers in the one with the pink tile. I sure hope the new owner resists any urge to "modernize."


There is a ranch in my neighborhood built in 1960 for sale (already under contract actually). It is truly a time-warp and appears to be in great condition and well maintained. Unfortunately(?) it sits on a 10,000 square-foot lot so it's future my not be a happy one. https://www.har.com/6623-vanderbilt-street/sale_62136555 The listing even shows a McMansion under construction directly across the street to suggest the possible fate of this house. I guess if one is plunking down $1.4M (+ the price of demolition) a 2,000 sq. ft. 60-year-old structure just won't do. 


One will notice there is also an image of a pretty nice mod immediately to the south of the subject property. I would guess its future is also precarious.

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