This compound fuses the intimacy of a private home with the energy of a gallery and artist’s studio space. The renovation of the 1916 bungalow and the addition of the small freestanding casita were the first steps in creating a place where artists and the community come together through exhibitions, salon dinners, events, and an artist-in-residence program.
The main entry to the property was moved to create a small portal that connects the compound’s three buildings: the bungalow, a new casita, and the neighboring house, which is used by the artist-in-residence. Exhibition space is central to the program and the compound. The interior renovation of the bungalow maximizes and controls natural light to create spaces for living with art, while respecting the historic structure.
The freestanding raised casita sited behind the bungalow provides the owner with a small, 770 sf, private living quarters. Below the casita is a carport, utility room, and a place for outdoor living and entertaining. Windows bring in abundant north light and tree views, minimize direct summer sun, and take advantage of prevailing breezes. Cedar cladding is a ventilated rain screen, and a photovoltaic array on the roof of the casita is sized to exceed the energy demands of the casita and offset those of the bungalow.
Preservation Houston 2016 Good Brick Award
Paper City ArtHouse.001 Home Tour 2015
Modern Luxury Houston – Best of The City Issue, Houston, January 2015,
“A Home For Art” by Dan Oko