Institute LaneHouston, Texas

Originally built in 1968 by the architect Herb Paseur, a founding member of the architectural firm CRS, the home’s modular plans and elevations and its clear expression of building materials represent the modern architectural thinking of the period. The remodel keeps the original concept and footprint intact while adapting it to the requirements of the 21st century.

The rectangular plan of the house and courtyard are comprised of two adjacent rows of three 21-foot squares. Subtle changes were made to the interior and landscaping to allow more natural light into the major spaces and to highlight materials and form. The kitchen and master bathroom/closet areas were enlarged and their previously concealed brick walls exposed to express the house’s unique materiality. After the renovation, 85 percent of the original structures and finishes remain intact. Upon moving to Houston, the Dean of the Rice School of Architecture bought the historic gem and is delighted to call it home.

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“Herb and I loved that house and had many happy memories of our 25 years there before… It is so grand to see the house cared for and rejuvenated.”
Jerre Paseur

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RECOGNITION

Preservation Houston 2008 Good Brick Award

AIA Houston 2007 Design Award for Renovation and Restoration

AIA Houston and City of Houston Exhibit, 2007, Central Library & City Hall

Tribeza Magazine, November 2007, “Modern Love,” by Heather Staible [Full PDF text]