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Thanks for coming out to Glenbrook Valley last Sunday to tour these awesome houses in hopes of finding new preservation-minded owners for them. We had about 100 folks attend! Look for our next event this Sunday in Meyerland. 

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May Mod of the Month


Houston Mod invites you Sunday, May 26, 2024
for a Mod of the Month open house event from 1-3 PM.

 

Tour two exciting vintage modern houses located in the Glenbrook Valley Historic District that are seeking preservation-minded new owners. Glenbrook Valley is located about 9 miles southeast of downtown Houston. 

Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 

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7919 Glenview Drive, Houston, TX 77061
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This notable vintage modern house has been featured in Atomic Ranch Magazine and in Houston House and Home. It was a show house for the neighborhood - featured on the 1954 Parade of Homes when new.  The split-level rear elevation is all glass, viewing a verdant hillscape. The recent restoration garnered a Good Brick award from Preservation Houston.


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8035 Glenforest Court, Houston, TX 77061
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This grand vintage modern house originally cost almost eight times the price of an average house of that time. Thankfully it has been thoughtfully maintained, with fantastic features - including a giant curvilinear living area with centered circular fireplace, terrazzo floors, a deluxe array of original lighting fixtures, and outstanding vintage kitchen and bathrooms all still delivering their intended impact.  This neighborhood landmark was designed in 1957 by Jonathan D. Dansby, Jr. (1916-1971).


 
About the Glenbrook Valley Historic District:
In 2011, after a three-year effort, 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 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. 

Nearby are the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and the Houston Botanic Garden.
 
 

News & Upcoming Events

DOCOMOMO US Symposium May 29- June 1, 2024  Experience one of the country’s richest collections of mid-century and postmodern architecture as Docomomo US holds its National Symposium in Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables. Entitled Streams of Modernity: Postwar to Postmodern, the symposium is a collaboration of Docomomo US and the Florida chapter.   Details here.

Member Tour:  Houston Mod members recently toured Architectural Gems in the Tyler and Longview area for three days in April with architectural historian Stephen Fox.  The full schedule included residential, commercial and institutional sites with many "behind the scenes" and unexpected experiences specially organized for the group.  A unique connection was a number of the designs having ties to Houston-area architects. To be included in future invitations for member-only events, be sure your membership is current. Email us to check.

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the William F. Cody Lecture. A recording of the event has been edited and is now available on the Houston Mod YouTube Channel.  Click HERE
 
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 a hundred plus 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 celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2023.

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 are available at most events.

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