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April is MODern Month in Houston and Texas
2014 Event List

Houston Mod established MODern Month in April 2010 to bring attention to the importance of protecting modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. In 2011 Preservation Texas expanded the program to a state-wide focus.

AIA Exhibition- How I See It
April 1 - 18, 2014, M - Th 9 AM - 5 PM, Fri 9 AM - 3 PM
ArCH, 315 Capitol Street, Free

Reaves Fine Art Gallery Exhibition- Views of the Texas Coast
April 1 - 26, 2014, Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
2313 Brun Street, Free

House Tour Mod of the Month
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2 - 4 PM
852 Kuhlman Road by Neuhaus & Taylor, 1957

Rice School of Architecture Lecture- Mies Constructs by Phyllis Lambert
Monday, April 14, 2014, 5:30 PM
Farish Gallery, Anderson Hall, Rice University, Free

UH College of Architecture Lecture & Book Signing- The Architecture of Art Museums by Ronnie Self
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30 PM
MFA-H, Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Free Ticket Required

TSU Lecture- Urban Planning & Enviromental Policy by Edward J. Blakely
Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:30 PM
McCoy Auditorium, First Floor, School of Public Affairs Building, TSU, Free
http://tsu.edu/academics/colleges__schools/publicaffairs/files/pdf/UPEP-Lecture1-S14_Ltr.pdf (map)

Design Fair- Lecture In Praise of Man-Made Nature by Kerrie Jacobs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM
MFA-H, Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Free Ticket Required

Design Fair- Preview Party & Sale
Friday, April 25, 2014, 6 - 9 PM
Lawndale Art Center 4912 Main Street, Admission Charged

Design Fair- Fair Days & Talks
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 - 27, 2014, 10 AM - 5 PM
Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, Admission Charged

AIA Walking Tour- Towers &Trees
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM
City Hall, 900 Smith Street, Admission Charged

MODern Month 2014 Poster

3617 S. Braeswood Open Sunday 7-15-2012
July 15, 2012, 2-4PM, Tour Two Mod Open Houses and visit with Re-Mod, Vintage Modern Dealer

Mod of the Month Sunday, July 15th, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday for Mod of the Month. Two vintage modern houses in the Braeswood area will be open for touring. The houses are presently available for purchase and need new preservation minded owners. They are located close to the medical center in south-west Houston. Special opportunity: Vintage modern dealer Re-Mod will be on hand showing some of their most recent finds! This is a free event. 3617 South Braeswood Blvd., Houston, Texas 77025 Braes Manor Pic Link http://images-99.har.com/e1/mediadisplay/99/hr2968599-3.jpg This marvelous mid-century modern house is prominently situated on a large lot overlooking Braes Bayou and park. Behind the exciting basket weave patterned brick privacy wall you will find a spacious 3,000 sf mod complete with flowing spaces and high beamed ceilings. There is ample space for entertaining in the living room, family room and/or game room. The bathrooms contain deluxe original fixtures such as chrome-plated heaters and magazine holders plus coordinated marble counter tops. Outside there is a porte-cochere plus garage and a Palm Springs style stone garden front landscape. Visit with Re-Mod who will be displaying here. Re-Mod LINK: http://www.remodshop.com/ HAR Link: http://search.har.com/engine/3617-S-Braeswood-Bl-Houston-TX-77025_HAR14967943.htm 2529 Bellefontaine, Houston, Texas 77030 Braeswood Photo link: http://images-01.har.com/e1/mediadisplay/01/hr2933601-15.jpg Photo link: http://images-01.har.com/e1/mediadisplay/01/hr2933601-20.jpg Old Braeswood is the setting for this handsome vintage ranch that contains what is most beloved about 1950`s houses. The house was custom built and the original owner has continued to maintain it in excellent condition. She is hoping a new family will cherish it as much as she has. All rooms are spacious including the family room where blonde is the theme. Original blonde colored paneling, custom bookcases, and parquet wood floors coordinate with the flagstone fireplace wall, all illuminated by original cove and recessed lighting. One wall is sliding glass doors which open to an expansive flagstone-paved terrace. Two full and two half baths are another notable feature of the house. The original tile work in the bath rooms is most admirable and appropriate in completing the vintage statement. Also there is a two car garage and covered parking for two additional vehicles in the integral car port. Such a complete original vintage house is a difficult find and impossible to duplicate and its all still here in excellent condition just blocks from Rice, the Village, and the Medical Center. HAR link: http://search.har.com/engine/2529-Bellefontaine-St-Houston-TX-77030_HAR58505138.htm Re|mod sells vintage mid-century modern furniture and beautifully designed objects of years past catering to anyone from the passing admirer, to the veteran collector. They display annually at Houston MODern Market. Re-Mod LINK: http://www.remodshop.com/ Support future Mod events by becoming a member of Houston Mod. Check your membership status with any Houston Mod representative. Houston Mod board members will be available to discuss how Houston Mod is advocating for the recent past on the local, state and national level, and discuss partnering with groups like Preservation Texas and DOCOMOMO US. Houston Mod is the first friend organization of DOCOMOMO US, a national and international modern preservation organization. Houston Mod publications will be available during the open house including: Building Modern Houston by Anna Mod, Houston Mod co-founder and advisor. Houston Mod is planning several members-only and members get-in-free events. If you need to check your membership status, please e-mail info@houstonmod.org See you there, Houston Mod Houston Mod was recognized with a third `Good Brick Award` from Preservation Houston (formerly Greater Houston Preservation Alliance) for the Mod of the Month open house program.

Houston Modern Market Week : Tours, Exhibits, Lectures, Receptions, and Much More!

Friday February 24
Houston Modern Market Preview Party 6 - 10 PM, Winter Street Studios
Exhibition Opening Design by Architects 1950 - 1970 Works of design by architects such as George Nelson, Eero Saarinan, Gio Ponti, Frank Lloyd Wright, Arne Jacobsen, Ettore Sottsass, Alexander Girard, Charles Eames, Max Bill and George Nakashima. Collector and design historian Don Browne will curate the exhibit and present a talk on Saturday.

Saturday February 25
Modern Market 2012 Shopping 10 AM - 5 PM Tickets $10.00 (lecture admission included)
Mod Car Show 10 AM - 3 PM Vote for Best of Show, Trophy presented 3:30 PM
Modern Architecture Tour 11 AM Tickets $25.00 details to be announced
Lecture 1:00 PM Design by Architects 1950 - 1970 by Don Browne Accompanies exhibit noted above
Lecture: 3:00 PM The Houston Art Scene at Mid-Century: Recollections of Four Houston Artists Richard Stout, Henri Gadbois, Leila McConnell, Ava Jean Mears presented by William Reaves
Houston Art Scene Cocktail Party 6 - 8 PM William Reaves Fine Art Gallery Enjoy libations and light snacks while visiting with the artists and fans of mid-century art. Benefits Houston Mod, Tickets $20.00

Sunday February 26
Modern Market 2012 Shopping and Events 10 AM-4 PM Tickets $10.00 (Include lecture & presentation)
Lecture and Book Signing 11 AM Building Modern Houston Presented by Anna Mod-
Modern Architecture Tour at Noon Tickets $25.00 details to be announced
Presentation 1 PM Design Workshop- How to Create a `Modern` from a traditional small home: A Montrose Bungalow Case Study Presented by Leslie Hassler
Art Raffle Drawing at 3 PM Silent Auction closes 3 PM

View complete schedule, purchase tickets

Houston Astrodome, 1965
Your Vote Needed for the Astrodome

The Astrodome matters, and your vote matters.
Vote now in the National Trustís This Place Matters Community Challenge.

How many buildings have been the site of a Mickey Mantle home run, welcomed the Gemini astronauts and hosted a concert by Judy Garland with The Supremes all during their opening year? Just one that we know of Ė Houstonís Astrodome.

Let everyone know that you think the Astrodome matters by voting today in the National Trust for Historic Preservationís 2011 This Place Matters Community Challenge. You must have an e-mail address to vote and only one vote per e-mail address will be counted. Voting continues through 5 p.m., Thursday, June 30, so encourage friends, family and colleagues to participate.

Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and Houston Mod nominated the iconic stadium to demonstrate the level of community support for preserving ďThe Eighth Wonder of the World.Ē The Dome was selected as one of 100 historic sites to compete in the nationwide challenge.

The Astrodome matters, and your vote matters. Please vote now.

Click here to vote for the Astrodome

9110 Bassoon Drive- J T Finkelstein House
Mod of the Month - April 17th

MODern Month 2011 continues with the April Mod of the Month event featuring three exciting contemporary houses open from 1-3 PM located in SW Houston near South Braeswood and Stella Link. 9110 Bassoon- Dramatic home custom built for J T Finkelstein, co-founder of the Alley theater. Glamorous design is like a stage. One bedroom house on two lots with swimming pool. Finkelstein was an actor in New York and Houston. 4026 Mischire- Beautifully maintained and updated contemporary house with walls of glass. Walled garden opens off dining area. 3606 Sun Valley- Bank owned up-scale contemporary ready for restoration. Many original features remain in good condition.


Beaumont Mod Tour, April 30
A Guided Tour of Hidden Modern Masterworks - April 30

Join Houston Mod for a guided tour of mid-century modern architecture in Beaumont, Texas. View over a dozen significant houses and learn about the architectural dialogue between Houston and Beaumont during a guided bus tour.

We will tour the exteriors and interiors of houses by Howard Barnstone & Preston Bolton, Steinman & Goleman, D. Rex Goode, Jr., Charles H. Thomson, Jr. and James Flowers.

We will drive by additional houses by Bolton & Barnstone, Joseph Krakower, Milton Bell, and others, plus significant commercial and public buildings in the Beaumont area. Included will be a glimpse of Howard Barnstone`s first residential commission.

Renowned tour leader Stephen Fox will place each building into context and describe unique connections between Houston architects and their Beaumont colleagues. Fox is an architectural historian and a Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. He is a lecturer at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston and at the School of Architecture of Rice University.

Ticket packages are available starting at $50.00. There is also an opportunity for a discounted membership in Houston Mod with your ticket purchase.

Visit the tour registration site

Downtown Houston
Free Lecture: Modern Architecture in Houston, April 6

Noted architectural historian and author Stephen Fox will present a lecture entitled Modern Architecture in Houston at ArCH on April 6 at 6:30 PM, 315 Capitol, Suite 120 Houston, Texas 77002.

This illustrated lecture will survey the history of modern architecture in Houston during the twentieth century. A reception will follow.

The event is organized by the non-profit preservation group Houston Mod and marks the kick off of their April is MODern Month in Houston and Texas project and of Houston Modern Market.

The second annual MODern Month is being held to spotlight the importance of preserving modern architecture in the Houston area. Activities include modern market, lectures, cocktail party, bus tour of Beaumont modernism and much more modness!

Download Modern Month calendar

April is MODern Month in Houston. Events include lectures, exhibits, film screenings, design show/sale, party, book signings and architectural tours.

MODern Month enforces Houston Mod`s goal of promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal. Events are sponsored by various organizations.

MODern Month Poster

Humble Oil Building, 800 Bell Street
Houston Mod Announces Preservation Award Winners

Houston Mod has announced the winners of its first annual preservation awards. The awards are presented to individuals and organizations that further the knowledge, appreciation and preservation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas.

The recipients for 2009 include:

Primeway Federal Credit Union for the sensitive renovation of the Heights State Bank building (1962), 3800 Washington Avenue. The building, originally designed by the architects Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson, is a concrete and glass pavilion supported by dramatic tree-form cast concrete columns.

The Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation for preservation of its complex of buildings at 3550 West Dallas Avenue, originally designed in 1966 by noted architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry. The campus of brick and concrete structures is both bold and intimate. The facility has provided essential social services for over 40 years.

Baker Botts L.L.P. for their partnership and efforts on behalf of The Center to preserve the existing campus to continue to provide important social benefits to Houston.

Exxon/Mobil Corporation for sensitive renovations to the exterior of the Humble Oil Tower, 800 Bell Avenue originally designed by the internationally-known firm of Welton Becket and Associates in 1963. The 44 story building continues to be a landmark in the Houston skyline with its tiers of horizontal aluminum sunshades providing a light, graceful appearance.

Mr. & Mrs. Scott R. Butler for preservation of the house at 4135 Durness Way. The house was designed by Lars Bang in 1955 for Al Schulman. An example of fine mid-century modern design at a residential scale, the house was marketed as a ďtear-downĒ and listed as an economic mis-improvement by HCAD. With restored systems and cosmetic improvements, the house is now home to a growing young family.

News Release

View from Parking Lot, November 2009
Future Uncertain for Endangered Branch Library Building

The Houston Public Library is completing the final closure of the original William Vinson branch library at 3100 West Fuqua Road. The library operations have moved to a new location.

This notable small building by architect Irving Phillips, Jr. shows the influence of his studies at Cornell University where he was a contemporary of Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman.

This structure remains on Houston Mod`s `endangered list` as it faces an uncertain future.

Vinson Library Endangered Listing

Houston Mod Exhibit: Endangered Modern - The Real Story

Houston Mod presents its 4th architectural exhibition entitled Endangered Modern: The Real Story.

The exhibit is open Monday - Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM, Fridays until 3 PM. View it at the galleries of the Houston AIA / Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capital #120 through August 28, 2009.

The exhibit aims to create a greater understanding of the threats to architecturally significant structures that ultimately lead to their destruction and loss.

Nearly a dozen significant modern architectural landmarks that face potential demolition or destruction are detailed with both historic information and current photographs.

The exhibition is a collaborative project led by Houston Mod board member Monica Savino and includes the participation of the Houston Mod board, and other notable local preservationists and architects.

Lindsay House
Bolton and Barnstone House OPEN SUNDAY!

Please come out to the Mod of the Month this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, August 17th (2:00-4:00pm), at our Mods of the Month!

We have two special houses open for you this Sunday! You will not want to miss these!

#1 - 7623 River Point Drive- Riverbend

This award winning home was designed by Preston Bolton and Howard Barnstone in 1955. Deep screened and covered deck overlooks a forestlike setting, yet sits in the middle of one of Houston's finest neighborhoods. Bedrooms open up to bricked in courtyards.

Floorplans and a 1959 Architectural Record Article will be available for your perusal. Preston Bolton himself may be there, and will be available to potential buyers to answer questions about the house. Very few Bolton and Barnstone designs still exist in such original condition so don't miss it.

#2 - 5307 Huckleberry- Tanglewood

This 1954 house by Architect Arne Engberg exemplifies the mid-century ranch archetype so prevalent in the original Tanglewood homes. The low scale street facade has many characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School while a sympathetic addition to the rear of the house by Architect Lucian Hood expanded both the living and sleeping quarters with a very modern plan open to the pool and surrounding landscape.

The house has beautiful terazzo floors and wood beamed ceilings throughout many rooms. The floor plans will be on display.

5307 Huckleberry

Join Us For A Special Members Reception

Join Us For A Special Members Reception

Houston Mod Members Only

August Mod-of-the-Month & Houston Mod 5-Year Anniversary Celebration

DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2008

TIME: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

LOCATION: 329 Buckingham, a 1955 design by Lloyd and Morgan

MORE: Wine and cheese reception, valet parking available

Look in Mod Properties for more information

329 Buckingham
Join Us For A Special Members Reception

Join Us For A Special Members Reception

Houston Mod Members Only

August Mod-of-the-Month & Houston Mod 5-Year Anniversary Celebration

DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2008

TIME: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

LOCATION: 329 Buckingham, a 1955 design by Lloyd and Morgan

MORE: Wine and cheese reception, valet parking available

Look in Mod Properties for more information

Formica House Interior
Formica House featured in Bellaire Examiner

Follow the link below to read the latest article on preservation in Meyerland!

Link to the article

Houston Mod Blog now on Chron.com

Read and contribute to the Houston Mod blog on Chron.com by following the link below!

Houston Mod Blog

Ben Koush and his architecture library photo by Julie Sofer
Houston Mod Featured in Tribeza Magazine

Houston Mod was recently featured in the Houston area magazine, called Tribeza. In the article former President and current Board Member, Ben Koush, current Board Member, Jason Smith, Master Mod, Stephen Fox, Co-Founder Michael Brichford, and former Board Member (and mod enthusiast realtor) Robert Searcy were interviewed to discuss the current atmosphere in restoring modern homes.

Link to the article

Ben Koush and his architecture library photo by Julie Sofer
Houston Mod featured in Tribeza Magazine

Houston Mod was recently featured in the Houston area magazine, Tribeza. In the article our former President, Ben Koush , as well as Board Member Jason Smith, co-founder Michael Brichford, Master Mod Stephen Fox, and former Board Member (and well known mod enthusiast realtor) Robert Searcy were interviewed to discuss the current atmosphere of restoration of modern homes.

Link to the article

Neuhaus Exhibition at Architecture Center Houston

Houston Modís third architectural exhibition will present the work of Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr. (1915-1987). The exhibition will be held at Architecture Center Houston at 315 Capitol Avenue in downtown Houston and will be organized by Houston Mod vice president Don Emmite. It will be on view from 2 August through 29 September 2007.

Neuhaus was a Houston architect of exceptional ability and discernment. Neuhaus graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1942. During Walter Gropiusís tenure as director (1938-1952), the Graduate School of Design was one of the centers for the study of modern architecture in the United States. At Harvard Neuhaus was a classmate of Philip Johnson.

Although Neuhaus worked on a wide range of building types during his career, he seemed to have a special fascination with the design of houses. Cowell & Neuhaus worked with Philip Johnson as associate architects for the Menil House at 3363 San Felipe in Houston of 1948-1951. Neuhaus completed his own house at 2910 Lazy Lane in 1950. It is one of the finest Miesian houses in Texas and in 2006 it was designated as one of Houstonís first modern landmarks at the behest of its current owners, Michelle and Robert A. Mosbacher.

According to Neuhausís nomination for Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, prepared by the Houston architects Howard Barnstone and Anderson Todd in 1971, his work was ďimmaculate, precise, beautifully spacious and consistent from the beginning until now.Ē His Miesian inspired houses demonstrated his ability to create an exhilarating sense of spatial richness using a non-demonstrative architectural vocabulary.

This exhibition seeks to present Neuhausí best house designs in and around Houston, many of which have been demolished or insensitively altered. The exhibition will make use of architectural drawings in the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, new and historic photographs, models, renderings and interviews with clients and associates. The exhibition catalog will contain an illustrated interpretive essay by Houston Mod president Ben Koush placing Neuhausís work in its architectural and cultural context.

Lucian Hood Delineation
Lucian T. Hood, Jr. Archive Donated to University of Houston Special Collections

Houston Mod is pleased to announce that the Lucian T. Hood, Jr., collection of architectural drawings has been donated by William Carl to the University of Houston Library Special Collections Department for archiving and preservation. The collection transfer to the University of Houston included drawings and business files and was completed May 18th.

Lucian Hood (1916-2001)was one of Houstonís early modernist architects whose career spanned from the 1950s through the 1990s. Hood graduated from University of Houston in 1952 where he studied under Donald Barthelme. He went on to co-design notable structures such as The Century Building (Mid Town), The Times Building (Rice Village) and designed numerous residential projects that reflected a variety of architectural trends. Many of these designs were built in River Oaks, Tanglewood, and Memorial. His refined eye for detail and incredible graphic skills kept Hood in demand throughout his career. Houston Mod Board Members Monica Savino and Russell Howard were instrumental in initiating and facilitating the transfer on behalf of Houston Mod and Mr. William Carl.

Houston Mod believes that the preservation of such architectural archives as that of Lucian Hood will play an important role in promoting the understanding and awareness of Houstonís modern architecture from the 1930s through the 1970s. These documents will be invaluable as records for the accurate future restoration of these important buildings Mr. Carlís generous gift also enables architectural scholars and enthusiasts to further understand Houstonís dynamic period of growth in the years after World War II.

Houston Mod has previously assisted in facilitating the transfer of the Donald Barthelme, Sr. and Burdette Keeland, Jr. architectural collections to the University archives.

Houston Mod is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), membership organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. We advocate the preservation of this cultural legacy and seek support from our members and the general public in achieving this goal. Our programs include documentation of cultural resources, classes, lectures, publications, exhibitions, tours, and preservation advocacy. We invite all interested persons to join as members and as impassioned advocates of conserving and celebrating the modern design heritage of Houston and Texas. Houston Mod, founded in 2002, has been profiled locally in the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Paper City, and 002 Magazine. Nationally, it has appeared in Architecture magazine.

The Alabama Theater shortly after opening (top) and (bottom) shortly after its restoration in 1989
Historic Shopping Center and Theaters in Danger

Tenants of the River Oaks Shopping Center have been told that the owners, Weingarten Realty Investors, plan to demolish the northeast section of the historic center and the River Oaks Theater building to make way for a multi-story Barnes & Noble bookstore and a high-rise residential building designed by Hermes Architects according to the Houston Chronicle. Hermes Architects is best known for designing the Portofino Shopping Center (below) of 2004 in The Woodlands, Texas, a Venetian-themed concoction made of Styrofoam and artificial stucco. The River Oaks Shopping Center at 2017-2047 West Gray Avenue, designed by Houston architects Milton McGinty and Stayton Nunn with Oliver C. Winston, opened in 1937. It was published nationally in Architectural Record and American City magazines shortly after its completion. It is of national architectural significance.

The former Alabama Theater Building at 2900 S. Shepherd Drive of 1939, which Weingarten Realty Investors also controls, may be endangered as well. Community activists fear that if Barnes & Noble opens a bookstore in the River Oaks Shopping Center it will close its location in the Alabama Theater Building run under the Bookstop name. Ironically, in 1989 Weingarten Realty Investors with Kaldis Development Interests commissioned Mike Treadway Architects to sensitively restore the theater for use as a retail space.

For more details on this story please see the following articles

More information on the River Oaks shopping center can be found in the Cite Magazine article on the River Oaks center

The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance has added these buildings to its endangered buildings list.

The New York Times - Fighting the Wrecking Ball to Save Houston Landmarks

Houston Chronicle - Historic theater could soon fade into history, 7/22/2006

Houston Chronicle - Battle to save River Oaks center, 7/28/2006

To sign the petition please go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/riveroaks/

Battle to save River Oaks center