Hills Prairie LodgeHills Prairie, Texas

Designed for an avid outdoorsman, this house is located on a 50-acre site above the Colorado River. The house evocatively melds without mimicking the owner’s favorite past worlds with thick Southwest adobe walls, Nantucket widow walks, and metal roofs of Texas farm structures. Although inspiration came from near and far, the lodge’s soul is a Texas house. Its form catches prevailing breezes, bedrooms are kept cool with thick walls and small western windows, and large overhangs protect the living area from the harsh sun and allow rain to cascade from roof to roof during big Texas storms.

“…our jury unanimously recognized the quality of your building: the AIA Award you received for it was well deserved.” – AIA Award Jury Member

 

“…a basic figurative strategy allows for the making of a very “real” building…a building that belongs to its context, that is believable and that seems to have the durability and permanence that good architecture should possess.” – AIA Award Jury Member

“Sensitivity to [the client’s] idea of what this house should be is the key to this comfortable, controlled, rustic haven.” – Texas Architect

“The house reflects sensitivity to its site through simple organization and common sense ventilation.” – Architecture

“Shoemake paid attention. Then, the architect molded the best of [the client’s] worlds into a house that evokes (but never imitates) those favored places. In Shoemake’s hands, those elements — and [the client’s] memories — merge into a startling fresh, thoroughly all-american homestead.” – Fred Bernstein, Metropolitan Home

 

“Personally, I understand the lodge as very fine architecturalization of vernacular images and building technologies. Such a basic figurative strategy allows for the making of a very real building, a building that belongs to its context, that is believable and that seems to have the durability and permanence that good architecture should posses. The building’s resolution does show the hand of a young, good architect: the scaling of the entrance steps, the treatment of the main room and the studied abstraction of the outlook, among other details, demonstrate that.” – Rodolfo Machado, Assoc. AIA, Award Jury Member, Machado and Silvetti Associates and Harvard Graduate School of Design

RECOGNITION:

AIA Houston 1991 Honor Award for Architecture

AIA National Convention, “A Little Architecture: An Exhibition of Design Models,” Houston Museum of Natural Science, 1990

Geometry in Architecture: Texas Buildings Yesterday and Today, by Clovis Heimsath, UT Press, 2002

Architecture, October 1991, “Texas Pioneers,” by Ray Don Tilley [Full PDF text]

Houston Chronicle, 29 January 1991, “Outstanding Architecture,” by Ann Holmes [Full PDF Text]

Metropolitan Home, January 1990, “Brand New – And Old As The Texas Hills,” by Fred Bernstein [Full PDF Text]

Texas Monthly, Domain Magazine, September/October 1989, “Field & Stream,” by Blair Calvert Fitzsimons [Full PDF Text]

Texas Architect, July/August 1988, “In-Progress,” by Ray Don Tilley [Full PDF Text]