Blue Bonnet BoulevardHouston, Texas

The owner became enchanted with this International Style house as he would pass it every day on his childhood paper route. The house, originally designed by Wirtz & Calhoun in 1936, came on the market many years later. Although severely neglected, he bought it and asked GSMA to restore the aesthetic that had garnered an honorable mention in the 1937 House Beautiful small house competition. The renovation repaired the distinctive Stran-Steel framing system, restored the original millwork, and replaced the leaking aluminum windows with more sympathetic steel casements. A cantilevered extension and 12′ deep, 2-story addition makes the rear façade as dynamic as the original front, expands the house without modifying its street presence, and readies the house for the 21st century.

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“You created a complete environment that resonates with clarity and elegance. And to have preserved such a wonderful landmark of American modernism makes it even more special.” – Wendy Weitman, Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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“We were struck by the refinement and elegance with which this renovation was accomplished. The house was not only preserved and renovated but also given an expanded youth.” – AIA Awards Jury Comment

RECOGNITION

Houston Mod Candlelight House Tour 2016

Preservation Houston Good Brick Tour 2015

American Friends of Attingham Tour of Houston Architecture 2007

AIA Houston 2003 Design Award for Renovation/Restoration

Preservation Houston 2003 Good Brick Award

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Members Tour 2003

AIA Houston Home Tour 2003

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Design Council Members Tour 2001

Houston Chronicle, 22 April 2015, “Upcoming tour spotlights couple’s art deco gem in Old Braeswood” by Alyson Ward

Houston Architectural Guide, 3rd Edition, AIA Houston, 2012

Renovation Style Magazine, Fall 2006, “Zen and Now”

Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine, June 2003, “Landmark on the Brink,” by Sam Houston [Full PDF text]

Paper City, March 2003, “Saving a Landmark,” by Laurann Claridge [Full PDF text]

Texas Architect, May/June 2002, “Noted Pre-War Gem Renovated,” by Ben Koush & Celeste Williams [Full PDF text]