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Tour O'Neil Ford design 12-4-2022


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    December Mod of the Month

    Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, December 4, 2022
    for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM.

    Special Addition: Architectural Historian Stephen Fox will give a brief talk about the house and architect at 3 PM. 

    Please help find a new preservation minded owner for this historically significant vintage modern house located in the Memorial area, about 8 miles west of downtown Houston.

    Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 


    3 Longbow Lane, Houston, TX 77024
     HAR Link   |   Google Map

    O'Neil Ford, considered the dean of Texas architects, designed this grand yet comfortable house in 1967 for the Liedtke family, co-founders of Pennzoil.  Ford was an advocate of understated design that reflected the location of the structure. Here he merged modernism with Spanish and Mexican idioms, creating a historically significant statement of art and architecture. 

    O'Neil Ford (1905-1982) was from Texas and raised mainly in the Sherman and Denton areas.  His early education was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement where he learned to value handmade items of natural materials. The Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton, designed by Ford, incorporates these concepts and is continually acclaimed one of Texas' most outstanding architectural achievements. Ford was a colorful and influential force in creating awareness of the value of preserving important buildings such as La Villita in San Antonio. He also designed 26 buildings on the Trinity University campus plus the Tower of the Americas, both examined on a Houston Mod tour of San Antonio.

    RSVP required at Houstonmod.org


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Thanks everyone for the great support and attendance from so many new folks at Sunday's event.  Here's the rest of the announcement. If you haven't received your invitation to the Houston Mod Holiday Party, there's still time to join/renew and attend. You'll want to see the restoration progress of the Style in Steel townhouse where the event is being held.

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    News & Upcoming Events

    The much anticipated Houston Mod Holiday Party will be held Friday, December 16, 6-9 PM, at an important vintage modern landmark.  Please check that your membership is current to ensure you're on the invite list. 

    Congratulations to Houston Mod Master Mod Carrie Glassman Shoemake, FAIA, who will receive the AIA Houston Award for Career Distinction on December 14.  This is the chapter's highest individual honor. 


    Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the William F. Cody Book Signing and Lecture held November 9th. A recording of the event is being edited and will soon be available.


    Houston Mod has reactivated and now hosts the valuable Memorial Bend Architecture website on our website. Visit to learn more about Houston's most mod neighborhood. 

     What's next for Astrodome? Please visit our friends at the Astrodome Conservancy to learn more about preserving and redeveloping the eighth wonder of the world. Their shop has many fun new items to support the cause.

    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 US domestic membership may be added to any Houston Mod membership for the 50% discounted Friend Organization rate of $50.00. 

    Houston Mod 
    memberships and publications make great gifts and are available at most events.

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