MCM in South Austin. Great lot, nearly an acre with a dry creek.
North West Place has always intrigued me – an enclave of density in the middle of Cat Mountain. The lots are smaller compared to the rest of Cat Mountain, yielding 3 to 4-story homes sitting on slope with views of Lake Austin and Pennybacker bridge.
Architecture crush: the entire living & dining room wall opens to this amazing view of downtown Austin.
Dick Clark design. Property info.
Modern beauty sitting on 11+ acres. Swoon.
You may recall that MA featured this property back in 2010. Loved it then, too.
1400 Skyline Ridge Lookout, Wimberley, Texas. Property info
Great to see some whimsical design in Pecan Springs.
15 acres in Fredericksburg. According to the description, the estate is built from a ”late 1800′s school house and teacher’s residence”.
1381 Knopp School Rd (property info)
I thought it would be timely to highlight a battle over landmarking a MCM tower in downtown Austin.
The Westgate Tower, perhaps the best example of a mid-century high-rise in Austin, has applied for Historic zoning. The Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) voted to approve their application.
The HLC is of the opinion that the Westgate “…is an excellent example of the New Formalism in the modern movement of architecture in the 1960s…”
Landmarking would cut the property tax bill by nearly 2/3. That money is supposed to be reinvested in the property to upkeep its historic nature.
Many Austinites think that’s baloney and the owners will just pocket the money. HLC’s decision to recommend historic zoning for Westgate Tower to the City set off a public controversy.
Something that is clearly interesting here is the building’s ties to Fehr & Granger.
From the City staff report: “The Westgate Tower was designed by internationally-known New York architect Edward Durell Stone in 1962; the building was completed under the supervision of prominent local architects Fehr and Granger in 1966.”
And continues… “Ed Stone hired the prominent local architectural firm of Fehr and Granger to oversee the construction of the building. Fehr and Granger were locally known for their mid-century modern residential designs, and although Stone designed the exterior, Fehr and Granger were responsible for the details.”
The HLC’s background material is an interesting read (pdf).
Exterior looks typically updated-bungalow/craftsman, still there are enough modern interior touches that make this an interesting home. Located in French Place.
Checkout the 2012 AIA Homes Tour website
This year’s featured architects include:
- AlterStudio Architects, LLP
- Burton Baldridge Architects, Inc.
- CG&S Design-Build
- Clayton & Little Architects
- Cornerstone Architects
- FAB Architecture
- Furman + Keil Architects
- Rick & Cindy Black Architects
- Heimsath Architects
- Murray Legge, AIA / LZT Architects Inc.
- Stephen Zagorski, Architect
- Tim Cuppett Architects
- Webber + Studio, Architects
On the edge of Old Enfield (wiki for the interested). This is a complete rehab that looks fantastic.
Modest but neat MCM remodel – lots of original bathroom/kitchen features. For fun, here are some BEFORE and AFTER photos:
Here’s what they started with in 2009 (BEFORE)
Current Listing info HERE
Interesting video that discusses the future of Frank Lloyd Wright’s archive of work.
Also, random but interesting, a recent sale of a FLW home in Arizona brought $1.8m.
“Rustic modern” at 314 Pleasant Drive in Rollingwood. The owner, LM Holder, is a commercial architect with a focus on sustainability.
Would like to see this one if there’s an open house. Not as bold as the John Watson designed home on Spiller Lane, but still very cool.