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Historic District Mod Tour 10-10-21


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October Mod of the Month

Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, October 10, 2021
for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM.

Please help find new preservation-minded owners for these nifty vintage modern houses located in the Glenbrook Valley Historic District, about 8 miles southeast of downtown Houston.

In 2011, after a three year struggle, the neighborhood of Glenbrook Valley, consisting of 1,256 houses, was designated Houston'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. While visiting, note the recent vintage-styled neighborhood entrance markers, extensively landscaped recreational medians along Broadway and the many newly reconstructed streets with new utilities throughout the area plus the ever improving condition of the houses and landscapes.

Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 


8215 Colgate Street, Glenbrook Valley, Section 11, Houston, TX 77061
 HAR Link   |   Google Map

An eye-catching front elevation with large gridded living room window and starburst accented entry set the tone for this appealing mod ranch on one of the most attractive streets in the historic district. The interior is equally attractive including exposed brick walls, a fireplace, and custom built-ins.  Many rooms open to the patio, complete with vintage swimming pool. This house was featured on Houston Mod's "Mad About Mod" home tour  in conjunction with DoCoMoMo's national tour day when approximately 250 attended.

J. D. Swenson built the house in 1959-1960.  He built several in the area including some in Meadowcreek Village as well as others with architect E. Kelly Gaffney, AIA, featured on the Parade of Homes.


8518 Glen Valley Drive, Glenbrook Valley, Section 6, Houston, Texas 77061 (Drive by Only)
HAR Link   |   Google Map

Here's a rare find- a mid century ranch style house that's an absolute time capsule available and situated in the Glenbrook Valley historic district.  If you are looking for a house free of inappropriate updates, this seems to be one.
If you have information about these or other vintage mod designs, please share it with Houston Mod so it can be included in the Modern in Houston archive.  .

News & Upcoming Events

National Tour Day

Houston Mod's event for the DoCoMoMo US Tour Day was held on October 2, 2021, in Pasadena at the Strawberry Park Pavilion. Thanks to everyone who participated and learned about the expressive, cast-concrete structure and park. Architect Charles Holcomb designed the park and pavilion in 1957 and was there Saturday to tell the fascinating story. The City of Pasadena then provided a concert by their philharmonic orchestra and a movie was shown, all under the tremendous pavilion.

Memorial Bend Website available again 

Houston Mod has reactivated and now hosts the valuable Memorial Bend Architecture website at Houston Mod. Visit to learn about Houston's most mod neighborhood. ( LINK http://www.houstonmod.org/memorialbend/bend.htm )

Astrodome Survey
How should the Astrodome be reused? Please help our friends at the Astrodome Conservancy by taking their Future Dome survey.

Mission, Membership and Publications

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.
Houston Mod is a friend organization of Docomomo US, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement. Docomomo US has been dedicated to this mission for nearly 25 years as a chapter of Docomomo International. A single Docomomo US Domestic membership may be added to any Houston Mod membership for the 50% discounted Friend Organization rate of $45.00.  Houston Mod memberships and publications are available at most events.

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