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Editor’s Note Calendar: Art Fairs and Holiday Markets Project: C.A.P. Designer Doghouses Product: His and Hers Creative Spaces Recipe: Pumpkins, Pickling and Preserves Industry Report: AIA Houston Design Awards Gardening: Creative Landscaping Pet of the Month: Zoey

26 FEATURES 35 Special Section: 2019 Good Brick Tour 39 Shining New Light on Coulter-Sweeney House 50 Step Inside the AIA Houston 2019 Home Tour 62 Balancing Work + Home Through Architecture ON THE COVER

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hen weighing the decision about whether to build new or rehabilitate an older property, there are legitimate arguments for both. In this month’s issue of Houston House & Home Magazine we’ll get a look at stunning homes, the architects who made those designs happen, and much more. This month’s special section is devoted to Preservation Houston’s 2019 Good Brick Tour, showcasing properties from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in five distinctive neighborhoods, while also taking a closer look at how kinneymorrow architecture peeled back a century of change to reveal the beauty in the 1876 Coulter-Sweeney house. Congratulations are extended to the 2019 Good Brick Award winners: Nancy and Jim Butler, Congregation Beth Israel, Jon Deal and Todd Johnson, Harris County, Harriett and Truett Latimer, and Houston Methodist Hospital. Use this entire magazine as your guide for the November 2-3 tour. If you’re in the “all shiny and new” camp, then check out our preview for the AIA Houston 2019 Home Tour that shines a spotlight on eight designs that empower today’s lifestyles. From empty nesters to a multigenerational family, and from aging in place to a deep connection with the outdoors, you’ll want to chart your course for this October 19-20 self-guided tour. Then read our Industry

Report and see which architects won the AIA Houston Design Awards for urban design, architecture, restoration and even unbuilt projects. Local architects Joe and Gail Adams have discovered the secret to living in Houston: with home and office next door to each other, and a multi-purpose bridge to connect, they’ve got the best commute in the Bayou City. Learn their origins story, as well as their secret plan for ensuring that adult children will always want to visit. If you’ve caught a sense of that slightly cooler weather, you’ll enjoy our Recipe section with valuable information about hayrides and pumpkin patches, as well as pickling, canning and preserving. We’ve also taken a look at respites both large and small. For a look at designer doghouses for our four-legged friends — or how to get your own she shed, man cave or the creative space we need to feed our soul and nurture our passions — turn to our Project and Product sections. You’ll want to check out Calendar with fall gardening classes, more than a few art fairs, and a wellspring of holiday markets. And when it comes to landscaping, don’t miss Gail Hartz + Associates’ tips for camouflaging those unsightly areas of the yard. From our home to yours, Susie Tommaney

PUBLISHER ............................Mike Harrison, Ph.D. EDITOR ........................................Susie Tommaney CONTRIBUTING WRITERS ........................................ Shirley Barr, Anne Breux, Sam Byrd, Barbara Canetti, Marsha Canright, Mar y Chavoustie, Natalie de la Garza, Susan Fox, Joshua Kornegay, Katricia Lang, Barbara Kuntz, Paris Permenter & John Bigley, Whitney Radley, Robin Barr Sussman CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS........................ Brad Coleman, Miro Dvorscak, Kohanowski Studio, Dragana Harris, Ben Hill, Katya Horner, Illumine Photographic Services, Joshua Kornegay, Morris Malakoff, Paula Murphy, Julie Soefer, Becca Wright ART DIRECTOR ................................Robert Coplin SALES DIRECTOR ..............................Gia Montalto ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE ....................Christina Garza PRINTING ............................................RR Donnelly

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Prepare to be amazed during the International Quilt Festival/Houston at George R. Brown Convention Center, October 31-November 3. Photo courtesy of International Quilt Festival

CALENDAR DESIGN/INTERIORS OCTOBER 23: Fall Design Sip & Stroll Designers, industry partners and guests gather to enjoy fine wines and cocktails and tour participating showrooms. Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, 713-864-2660,

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE OCTOBER 18: Pink Elephant Sale The River Oaks Garden Club hosts Houston’s oldest rummage sale with priceless treasures, designer clothing, antiques, collectibles, and plants from Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens as well as local nurseries.

Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight, NOVEMBER 7: Memorial Antiques & Interiors Holiday Market Explore vintage and classic objects and artifacts for your home or as a gift in this curated market. Memorial Antiques & Interiors, 7026 Old Katy Road, Suite 166, 713-827-8087,

GARDENING The Arbor Gate Classes and Events October 9, Lunch with the Experts: The Smells That Make You Smile October 12, Gunter’s Heirloom Vegetables October 12, Fall & Winter

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Fruit Program October 13, Bee Forum October 17, Attracting Bluebirds to the Garden October 19, Bulbs for the Southern Garden October 23, Lunch with the Experts: What’s Eating You? Eating to Change Your Mood October 24, Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden October 26, Alternatives to Overused Trees and Shrubs in the Landscape November 2, Holiday Fare With Flair 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281351-8851, Urban Harvest Classes October 12, Dig In at Levy Park Gardens: Organic Gardening 101, Levy Park

October 13, Designing Bountiful Gardens Through Permaculture, UH Central Campus October 19, In the Garden at UH: Fall Vegetable Planting, UH Central Campus November 2, Starting a School of Community Garden Workshop, UHDowntown 713-880-5540,

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LEFT: Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl will perform during MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival, November 2-3. Photo by Pin Lim. RIGHT: Celebrate art and budding artists at the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, October 12-13. Photo by Katya Horner

Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, 713-522-2409, OCTOBER 5, 12, 19: Día de los Muertos Class on Personal Altar Building Learn how to honor deceased loved ones by creating a personal altar with photographs, treasured objects, favorite foods and cempasúchil (marigolds). Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, 241 West 19th Street, 713-8802420, OCTOBER 10-13: Texas Contemporary Discover works from some of Houston’s finest galleries, as well as prominent national and international galleries, during this art-filled weekend. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, OCTOBER 11-13, 18-20: Hill Country Builders Parade of Homes Every year thousands head to the beautiful Texas Hill Country to view homes by Texas’ top custom builders, from modern country cot-

tages to urban retreats. Stops include Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay and Kingsland. OCTOBER 11-13: stARTup Art Fair Bypassing the traditional gallery system, stARTup connects collectors with emerging artists as hotel rooms are transformed into individual exhibition spaces. Hotel Icon, 220 Main, OCTOBER 12-13: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown This year’s featured artist is Clifton Henri, an award-winning photographer and visual artist who has been influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and the Harlem Renaissance eras. Downtown near City Hall, 901 Bagby, 713-521-0133, OCTOBER 17-NOVEMBER 10: Día de los Muertos Exhibit Come view the colorful and thoughtful personal altars and ofrendas on display, then

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find inspiration for your own remembrance. Closed Mondays. Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, 241 West 19th Street, 713-8802420, OCTOBER 19-20: 24th Annual Texas Home & Garden Show Save money with show-only specials and incentives, meet with experts, and get a chance to participate in hands-on experiences through valuable and informative workshops. NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, OCTOBER 19-20: 1st Annual Home for the Harvest Market If you’re in the mood for shopping, head over to this inaugural gift market with more than 100 vendors. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash, Stafford, 281-788-4297, OCTOBER 25: “Retablos32” Exhibition Opening In partnership with Lawndale Art Center and hosted at MECA, this annual

silent auction fundraiser and exhibition of retablos celebrates the tradition of devotional painting. Altars will be blessed at the opening. Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts, 713802-9370, 1900 Kane, OCTOBER 26: Día de los Muertos Procession and Exhibit Reception Come take part in the procession along West 19th with costumed Aztec dancers and musicians, then venture inside for a reception with traditional Mexican treats. Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, 241 West 19th Street, 713-8802420, OCTOBER 26: 11th Annual Wonderland Market Admission is free to this one day show with access to holiday shopping and home décor needs. Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy, 281-788-4297,

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auction event. Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts, 713802-9370, 1900 Kane,

Island. This annual event is presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House. Postoffice Street, between 20th and 23rd, Galveston,

NOVEMBER 8-9: Sugar Plum Market Hosted by the Ford Bend Junior Service League, this is the largest annual holiday shopping extravaganza in Fort Bend County with more than 100 fabulous vendors. Preview night is November 7. Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre, 10505 Cash, Stafford,

OCTOBER 19: Texas Mushroom Festival From auto shows and photo contests, to the biers, wines and cooking at Taste of Texas, there’s plenty to see and experience at the Mushroom Capital of Texas. 113 West Trinity, Madisonville,,

OUT OF TOWN Adamar Fine Arts will be exhibiting during Texas Contemporary, October 10-13. Shown: Paper Heads (from a series) by Julian Opie. Photo courtesy of the artist and Adamar Fine Arts

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3: International Quilt Festival/Houston Explore the world of quilting at this 45th anniversary event, with its popular quilt gallery, market, classes, and curated vendors. Preview night is October 30. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, NOVEMBER 1: Raising A Hand For Rett Syndrome Enjoy live music, wine and brisket and consider purchasing a copy of Raising A Hand, a coffee table book about musicians (Sir Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, among others) who are helping fight this syndrome. The fundraiser is co-presented by Mercedes-Benz and Dosey Doe. Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, 16917 IH 45 South, The Woodlands, or

NOVEMBER 1-2: Día de los Muertos Candle Lighting The candles will be lit on the personal altars and ofrendas, remembering deceased children on November 1 and deceased adults on November 2. Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, 241 West 19th Street, 713-8802420, NOVEMBER 2-3: Día de los Muertos Festival Head out to MECA as they honor the past and celebrate the future during this two day cultural festival with performances by Ballet Folklórico and Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl. Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts, 713802-9370, 1900 Kane, NOVEMBER 8: Noche de Retablos The “Retablos32” exhibit — with devotional paintings by more than 100 artists — comes to a close with a silent

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OCTOBER 17-20: International Rice Festival Point your cars eastward for Louisiana’s oldest agricultural festival. With entertainment from morning until midnight, and contests for rice cooking and rice eating, there’s much to celebrate at one of Louisiana’s largest celebrations. Downtown Crowley, Louisiana, OCTOBER 17-19: 31st Annual Harvest Festival Explore the deep rich heritage of east Texas, circa 1840-1920, on the “Living Village” grounds. Participants dress in period costume and demonstrate skills using antique tools. Heritage Village Museum, Woodville, 409-283-2272, OCTOBER 19-20: ARToberFEST This year’s juried fine arts festival celebrates the life of the late artist Jeff Hamachek. A longtime participant of ARToberFEST, his oil paintings were inspired by the beach, people and spirit of Galveston

OCTOBER 26: Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest Celebrate Texas food, wine, beer and music on the Marktplatz. 100 Block of West Main, Fredericksburg, NOVEMBER 9: 31st Annual Henderson Syrup Festival Nothing could be sweeter than mule-powered old time syrup making with folk artists. Experience a hayride shuttle, explore arts and crafts booths, and smile at the cloggers and square dancers. Depot Museum, 514 North High Street, and ten blocks of the downtown historic district, Henderson, 903-657-4303, NOVEMBER 9: Big Star Texas Night With big names on the Texas country music scene like Sean Orr and Max Stalling, and BBQ from Sandtown Catering, there's no better reason to say "yes" to this boot scootin' invitation from the Burton Area Chamber of Commerce and local supporters. La Bahia Turn Verein, 550 S.H. 237, Burton, 979-251-4078, or



By Marsha Canright | Photos Courtesy of Citizens for aniMal ProteCtion

Creating a doghouse cooled by a solar powered fan was the clever notion of Mike Shortridge, a mechanical designer who works for a local oil and gas equipment company. He teamed up with Newt Scott, a friend, and the two constructed “Windchill” over three months working on Saturday afternoons. The structure has a 12-inch fan, which provides a surprising amount of airflow. The challenge was to determine how to house the fan safety, provide effective cooling, and still have an aesthetically appealing abode. The house can be placed in the shade while the solar panel is mounted in a sunny spot. Mike’s dog, Numa, a Lhasa Apso, was able to check the deck of the house for structural integrity; it passed. Winner: People’s Choice Award

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ake no bones about it, winding up in the doghouse may not be so bad.

This summer, local woodworkers, artists, contractors and pet enthusiasts created a subdivision of colorful designer doghouses for the annual competition held at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. Billed as “The Best Little Doghouse in Texas,” this year’s event featured 22 heartfelt, handcrafted designs, all donated to raise funds to help care for homeless animals. “Many of our builders put in hundreds of hours and

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buckets of sweat to make their vision come to life,” says Ana Rodriguez with Citizens for Animal Protection, which hosted the event. The competition and auction raised more than $9,000 to provide food, shelter and adoption services. Award winners were selected by popular vote over five days: Children and adults were able to view, vote and bid on every doggy domain. As for the auction winners who walked away with oneof-a-kind doghouses: they were as happy as a dog with two tails.


A playhouse posting on Pinterest inspired Karen Carr-Brindle to create this playful dog-sized camper. She encouraged two friends to join the project, Pete Rubio and Greg Schaefer of Total Interior Contractor Inc. The trio designed and built the “Happy Camper” retro trailer in about 24 hours, adding another eight hours to paint and decorate it. All three have dogs but not one of the builders had ever built a doghouse before. Karen’s dogs were curious about the project, but too big for the camper. “They kept trying to put their heads inside to get to the toys,” she says. Eight years ago she adopted her dog, Samantha, from Citizens for Animal Protection and has remained a fan of the organization’s work. Winner: Kid’s Choice Award

The “Tiny House Doghouse” is the work of Russ Fritcher and his son Blaine. The family members are fans of the tiny house movement and decided to use the same principle to create a doghouse. Blaine’s favorite part was lighting the inside; Russ thought it was cool to have a trailer to move the house from place to place. Neither had ever built a doghouse before but they enjoyed the project so much they are considering a side business to continue building dog houses and dog beds for other people. Their two dogs are Murphy and Bently. Winner: Dixie’s Choice Award

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Brilliant Energy, a sponsor, joined in the competition with its team’s offering: a Saturn V doghouse inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Built to scale, “Saturn V” is the fourth doghouse created and entered into the CAP competition. Brilliant Energy has sponsored the event for five years. 24 house& home | October 2019 |

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HE SAID, SHE SHED Maxing Out Our Personal Spaces


here’s nothing like a little time away in a private spot that makes life just a little more enjoyable. Whether it’s a tastefully decorated she shed, a wired-for-tech man cave, or a blinged-out creative zone, there’s that one reclusive spot that always feels like our personal territory to kick back, unwind and indulge our passions. Armed with that knowledge, Houston House & Home dug a little deeper to see how to bring about those wonderful locations for relaxation.

FIRST, GO SHOPPING The cost of adding a freestanding structure on your lot will vary, depending on whether the interior is finished out with insulation and drywall, the number of windows, architectural details, and infrastructure such as plumbing,

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air-conditioning or a kitchen. Outlets like 84 Lumber, Enterprise Center, Tuff Shed, and Ulrich Barn Builders, LLC have outdoor showrooms for getting a better sense of space, as well as to help you decide how much buildout you’ll be needing and which amenities are right for you (and your pocketbook). Brett Zamore Design, LLC has developed a zFab line of pre-fabricated housing; these are manufactured off site and then delivered and installed on your property — it’s an efficient process that minimizes cost and waste in comparision to conventional construction. The zFab 360 is perfect for creating a move-in ready creative zone, while the zFab 504 makes an attractive guest house or sustainable off-the-grid getaway.

LET THE DECORATING BEGIN Johnna Schmidt, owner of Elizabeth Cole, LLC, shares the appeal of a she shed located away from the house and in a separate spot. “The beauty of a she shed is that it’s singular and it’s hers. It’s not anyone else’s space,” she says. When tasked with developing a she shed or creative zone for a client, she mentions the importance of looking at the desired function, which can vary wildly between customers. For example, Schmidt describes her own idea of the perfect respite. “Mine would have a bed and TV to escape and not be interrupted. Others might have a Do-It-Yourself shed that she could get dirty. Some like them to do their arts and crafts like sewing. Others want to hide their wine away from visitors inside the house,” she adds. Valerie Etter, project manager with Elizabeth Cole Interior Design, mentions there are easy tricks to make the creative space a hit. Throw pillows, faux flowers and vases, chairs with tailored cushions and movable storage items all add value to the space while making it both beautiful and functional. Last, but not least, don't forget the flameless candles. Zachary from State Farm will thank you. “By adding in flameless candles, we won’t risk burning down our she shed and spending countless hours on the phone with our insurance company,” Etter adds. One look at the idea blog at Ulrich Barn Builders, LLC and you’ll be inspired, too. From photography and artist studios to knitting enclaves and model train displays — even a fancy chicken coop — it’s amazing to see the creativity of fellow Texans. Brett Zamore, AIA, founding principal of Brett Zamore Design, LLC, has suggestions for customizing a man cave — whether building out a new space or retrofitting an existing room within the house. “Bring in the things that connect with your manliness. Line the walls with cedar, bring in the rugs, new lighting, comfy couch, La-Z-Boy® recliner, large TV with gaming devices, drum set and guitar with amp. If the room is large you can add a pool table and also a dart board and small mini-bar or add a small refrigerator or kegerator. You can even soundproof the room installing acoustical finishes on the ceiling or on the wall.” However you get there, creating a cozy hideaway is worth the effort and expense. It can provide countless hours each week for slowing down and doing the things that really make life worth living.



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While this old-fashioned family fun park in Conroe is open daily until 5 p.m., 7 Acre Wood also has scheduled a free Thrill at the Mill event on October 26. Photo courtesy of 7 Acre Wood

SAY HELLO TO AUTUMN Living & Loving Local: Get Outside and Fall Into New Flavors and Outdoor Fun


all is finally here and with it comes cool breezes and brilliant seasonal colors and flavors. If you’re looking to get outdoors with the whole family, consider a nearby trip to a local farm. You can harvest your own pumpkins for decorating or pies, pick your own seasonal fruit, take an old fashioned hay ride and get in touch with farm life — if only for a day. At home, preserve the taste of early fall by canning fresh fruit or pickling vegetables. You’ll be thrilled to have these jars of gems when the dead of winter hits!

OUTDOOR FUN Dewberry Farm Larry and Mary Emerson have been hosting farm visitors for more than 18 years at their charming farm in Brookshire. The family-friendly spot features an eight-acre corn maze for exploring and a Pumpkin Holler building sporting more than 500 carved pumpkins, or pick out your favorite pumpkin from the outdoor patch. Fall is a prime time for riding the Dewville

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Express train, spinning on the carousel, or jostling in an openair wagon ride. Farm animals delight city kids, along with pig races, a windmill park and pony rides. Some Saturday nights in October there are fireworks. Kids and families love this place; you’ll see why. FM 362 and Morrison, Brookshire, 281-934-3276,

Blessington Farms Located in the Wallis-Simonton area just west of Katy, Blessington Farms is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays through November 17. Farm Funland includes hay rides, barrel train rides, giant slides, pedal cars, and gemstone and fossil mining. Kids and adults can interact with camels, chickens and goats, or visit the Aviary Adventure with Quaker parrots. Fishing anyone? Bring your own bait and tackle to enjoy the two-acre lake, or pick strawberries and pumpkins. Birthday parties can reserve ahead for a unique farm-friendly celebration. 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, 832-444-8717,

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Explore this historic community on October 12-13 and get a jump start on holiday shopping with more than 250 juried exhibitors. The Children’s Activity Corner has pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and a barrel train. Main and Providence Streets, Chappell Hill, 979-203-1242,

The Fall Festival runs Fridays through Saturdays, through November 3, with a pumpkin patch, amaze-ment park, corn maze, fireworks and animal town. In the evenings, get scared during Spooktacular Nights at YesterLand Farm with Zombie Paintball, Chuckles Funhouse, Creepy Corn Maze and the Vertigo Vortex. 15410 I-20, Canton, 903-567-2255,

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This old-fashioned family fun park in Conroe near The Woodlands has free admission to its Thrill at the Mill and pumpkin patch on October 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. But you’ll definitely want to buy tix for paintball or the hay, pony and train rides. 7 Acre Wood is also open daily until 5 p.m. 4401 North Frazier, Conroe, 936-890-2326,

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P-6 Farms Challenge yourself in the giant corn maze, or let the little ones try their luck with the hay maze. Then stay for pig races, farm animals, a cow train, wheelbarrow races and the sugary sweet candy cannon. The farm opens at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through November 9. 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, 936-597-6062,

Come on get happy at Blessington Farms with its popular Farm Funland. Photo courtesy of Blessington Farms

is trending. Quick pickling, or bathing fresh vegetables in a vinegar solution to preserve for a few months, is probably the best way to ease into the game. Take advantage of the bounty of early fall produce like green beans, okra, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and peppers, by preserving them for crunchy snacks, salad accoutrements and meat garnishes. Celery seed, turmeric, garlic and a variety of dried herbs are common spices for flavoring pickles, but play around until you find what you like (and try our pickled butternut squash recipe at the end of this story). Check out C&D Hardware, (314 East 11th, 713-861-3551,, for all the canning equipment you’ll need to get started. And for hundreds of step-by-step canning recipes for preserves, pickled veggies, and homemade pickling spice, visit the vast collection at

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We couldn’t get enough of Coltivare’s seasonal squash, kale and pecan salad. Try your own hand at pickling butternut squash and preserve nature’s bounty for the cold days ahead. Photo by Carla Gomez



hat’s old is new again. This recipe for bright pickled butternut squash is inspired by the terrific seasonal salad served at Coltivare in the Heights (3320 White Oak, 713-637-4095, Use the sweet and tangy squash to liven up your kale salad or garnish a meat entrée — it screams fall.

INGREDIENTS 3 pounds butternut squash 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 ½ cups white wine vinegar 1 cup honey 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 8 whole black peppercorns 8 sprigs fresh oregano

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METHOD In a large bowl combine squash and salt; toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for three to four hours. Transfer squash to a colander set in a sink. Rinse with cold water; drain. In a large heavy pot combine vinegar, honey, bay leaf, fennel seeds, garlic, red pepper, and peppercorns. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve honey; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for ten minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. Pack squash and oregano sprigs into hot sterilized pint canning jars, leaving a half inch headspace. Pour hot vinegar mixture over squash, distributing the whole spices evenly among jars and maintaining the half inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for ten minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks. Let stand at room temperature for three weeks before serving. Your grandmother will be proud of you! Yield: Four pints.

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A six year renovation completed last year includes an octagonal dining room with handpainted wallpaper depicting scenes from Hermann Park. View this 1929 home in the Shadow Lawn historic district, as well as four other homes or workplaces, on Preservation Houston’s sixth annual Good Brick Tour. Photo by Julie Soefer

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Preservation Houston’s 2019 Good Brick Tour All five locations on the sixth annual Good Brick Tour will be open for guided tours from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3. Information is available at preservation Please remember that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3. Advance tickets are available for $25 per person through Thursday, October 31, and may be purchased online at Tickets will available for $30 per person at each tour location during the tour weekend. All major credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds from the Good Brick Tour benefit Preservation Houston’s education, advocacy and community outreach programs. Tickets provide one admission to each location on tour and may be used both days of the tour. Tickets are not refundable. You may begin the Good Brick Tour at any location and proceed

in any order you choose. The complimentary Houston House & Home guide will be available at each tour location. Street parking is available at all tour locations. Please observe posted parking regulations. Some streets in Midtown require paid parking on Saturday. Restrooms are not available at any tour location. Food and drink may not be brought inside any tour location. • Please wear flat or soft-soled shoes and be prepared to climb stairs. • Interior photography and videos, including photos and videos taken using mobile phones, are not permitted at any tour location. For additional information, e-mail or call 713-510-3990 during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

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Welcome Dear Friends, Welcome to Preservation Houston’s sixth annual Good Brick Tour of award-winning historic homes and workplaces. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to visit five outstanding privately owned historic properties on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. Since 1979, Preservation Houston has presented Good Brick Awards to celebrate exceptional historic preservation projects and the people who make them happen. The Good Brick Tour was created in response to your requests for an inside look at these unique buildings. Our sincere appreciation goes to the owners for restoring their historic homes and buildings to high standards and opening them for the benefit of Preservation Houston. This year we are showcasing properties from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in five distinctive neighborhoods. These are not museums, but rather functioning workplaces and family homes. We especially want to thank our many hard-working volunteers, led by our dedicated Good Brick Tour co-chairs Lin Chong and Cheryl Joseph, as well as the enthusiastic location chairs, docents and Preservation Houston board members who help make this event possible.

We are very grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of Preservation Houston. We are especially pleased to be working with Houston House & Home again this year and thank Susie Tommaney and the magazine staff for creating and publishing the 2019 Good Brick Tour guide. Most of all, we would like to thank you for attending this year’s Good Brick Tour and for supporting Preservation Houston through your interest and involvement. You are ultimately our best advocates. After the tour, tell your friends and neighbors about the projects you’ve seen, talk about the importance of local landmarks and historic districts, and let our public officials know that you care about preserving our shared heritage. If you are not yet a member, please join Preservation Houston by visiting our website at Thank you, again, for your support. Enjoy the tour. Sincerely,

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1. 3362 Del Monte Drive River Oaks

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2. 1819 Sabine Street First Ward

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3. 2109 Kane Street Old Sixth Ward 37

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3. Coulter-Sweeney House (1876) 2109 Kane Street Old Sixth Ward Historic District National Register of Historic Places 2011 Good Brick Award Looks can be deceiving. This home in the Old Sixth Ward is actually two separate houses — moved to this lot before cars were even invented — and has been reconfigured numerous times for more than 100 years.

Unlocking the Past Architects Peeled Back a Century of Change to Shine New Light On Coulter-Sweeney House Story by Natalie de la Garza | Photos courtesy of kinneymorrow architecture

own on Kane Street in the Old Sixth Ward is something of a clown car, a 19th-century house with a board-and-batten face and a gable roof that proves looks can be deceiving. “It looks like a little cottage from the street,” says architect Michael Morrow. “You perceive it one way from the outside and then you go in, and it seems really large and has a more complex story.” Morrow, who owns the home with his wife, Taryn Kinney, a fellow architect and partner in their firm kinneymorrow architecture, is ready to share that story during the 2019 Good Brick Tour. The couple purchased the house in 2005. Tired of renting and looking to buy, a friend mentioned a cute little house in the Sixth Ward – the price of which seemed to be dropping by the week. Though they didn’t realize it at first, the two soon learned that


the structure was actually comprised of two houses from two different lots that were moved and put together around the turn of the century in order to make room for a big, corner porch Victorian on the two vacated lots. “They were moved before the advent of the automobile,” adds Morrow. “I don’t really know [how] but I can surmise that it involved some horses.” In the 1920s a two-room addition expanded the house further; while subsequent subdivisions — into a duplex, then triplex, and finally back to a single-family dwelling, and the efforts to hide these changes — contributed to a disjointed and incoherent space. “The plot thickened,” says Morrow. With the discovery that the house had “a whole life of its own before [they] came upon it,” Morrow says they wanted to plug 39

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The architects stripped away a century of change, edited, and created a fresh new space that's light and bright.

into that story through the renovation, with the goal of expressing the two different houses and the addition while ensuring the whole remained greater than the sum of its parts. The oldest house, a Gulf Coast cottage dating back to 1876, is in the front and contains the living room and study. The ceilings were vaulted, the front door re-centered, and the roof and floor reconstructed and leveled. The bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the second house, which is perpendicular to the first. The addition in the 1920s turned the porch that ran along one side into an interior hallway that was not only slightly sloped for drainage, but bracketed by walls diagonal one way at one end and diagonal the other way at the other. “After losing sleep about it for a couple of weeks, I just built a thick wall that contains all of the wonky wall inside of it, so now there are these really thick door openings into the rooms,” says Morrow. In rebuilding the hallway, Morrow says they also laid the floorboards in the same orientation one would lay porch boards “just to remember that’s what it was.” The dining room and kitchen, the two rooms added in the 1920s, now open to both of the original houses. Four skylights installed overhead allow in a lot of natural light, making the space a “pleasant room” where Morrow says they spend most of their time. 41


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Despite the house’s seemingly complete transformation, Morrow says that, as an architect, “everything’s 90 percent done all the time.” Though Morrow laments that architects never seem to finish their own home – “It’s kind of like the cobbler’s children have no shoes,” he says – participating in the Good Brick Tour pushed the couple into a “new phase of renovation.” In addition to planting trees and turning the “cliff outside the back door” into a finished deck, the biggest change is the result of a new paint job, which left the exterior a dark gray-black color. Still, Morrow stresses that his home and others in the Old Sixth Ward are “living, breathing houses that have changed and

continue to change and have normal people living in them.” He hopes that tour-goers will see this, and that it will change the perception of historic homes, which he says are not all “coffee table quality.” “These are very humble working-class houses,” says Morrow. “The houses in this neighborhood went through two wars, the Depression, got whacked up into duplexes, triplexes, went back to single-family. They’re very flexible, so they are very modern in that respect.” Morrow adds, “It’s not like colonial Williamsburg here. It’s a very vital neighborhood, like any other.”


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Nancy & Jim Butler for restoring the Jack R. Tenison House (1935) in River Oaks

Harris County for restoring The Rebirth of Our Nationality mural (1973) in the East End

Jon Deal and Todd Johnson for rehabilitating and repurposing the Riviana Rice silos (1960) in First Ward as SITE Gallery Houston at the Silos

Harriett and Truett Latimer received the Preservation Houston President’s Award for their outstanding service and contributions to historic preservation in Houston and Texas

Congregation Beth Israel for restoring the original chandelier in the Temple of Rest mausoleum (1935) at Beth Israel Cemetery

Houston Methodist Hospital for relocating and restoring the Extending Arms of Christ mosaic (1963) in the Texas Medical Center


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1. Mr. & Mrs. Albert L. Ladner House (1941) 3362 Del Monte Drive River Oaks City of Houston Protected Landmark 2012 Good Brick Award

2. Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Bammel House (1895) 1819 Sabine Street High First Ward Historic District City of Houston Protected Landmark 2019 Good Brick Award

unique oval dining room with custom wallpaper featuring birds of the Gulf Coast, as well as comfortable contemporary living spaces. Preservation Houston awarded the owners a Good Brick Award in 2012 for their careful restoration of this historic landmark.


Oilman Albert L. Ladner and his wife Josephine hired architect Hamilton Brown to design this elegant Georgian Revival-style home. The current owners purchased the property in 2008 and began a multi-year restoration that carefully preserved the house’s historic character. The greatest challenge was restoring the original steel casement windows, which were rusted and deteriorated. All of the windows were removed and repaired individually. Original plaster walls, moldings and woodwork were also restored. Tourgoers will see the classically inspired formal rooms, including a

This traditional Victorian home was built for railroad worker Frederick C. Bammel, who lived here with his wife Caroline and their five children. The colorful restoration features original gingerbread trim, stained glass and historic hardware. The house required significant work when the current owners purchased the property in 2017. Sagging floor beams had to be reinforced and inappropriate alterations removed. Compatible salvaged materials were used to replace rotting wood wherever possible, and wallboard was removed to reveal original

tongue-and-groove construction. The owners’ eclectic collections are now displayed throughout the house. Preservation Houston recognized the project with a 2019 Good Brick Award. 45 46 house& home | 2019 Good Brick Tour |


4. Maria Boswell Flake Home (1912) 3515 Fannin Street Midtown National Register of Historic Places 2019 Good Brick Award

Many tourgoers will recognize this impressive building as the former location of Adkins Architectural Antiques, but the house was originally built as a private residence in the affluent South End. In 1922, the property became the Maria Boswell Flake Home for elderly women who had limited funds and no families. It is one of the last surviving houses in this part of Houston. When the current owners began repurposing the building as law offices, they restored the ornate woodwork and decorative elements throughout the two-story house. The elaborate interiors reflect the transition from traditional Neoclassical

design to the more informal Craftsman style. Tourgoers will see original stained glass and hardware, the impressive main staircase and massive fireplace, all just as they were 107 years ago. Preservation Houston presented the owners with a Good Brick Award in

2019 for their careful rehabilitation and repurposing of this historic property.


5. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Brown House (1929) 4 Shadow Lawn Shadow Lawn Historic District 2019 Good Brick Award

Prominent local businessman Joseph Chenowith Brown and his wife Elva constructed this gracious family home in Shadow Lawn, one of several Houston neighborhoods inspired by the private places of St. Louis. Noted architect Cameron C. Fairchild designed the house in the fashionable Georgian Revival style. The current owner purchased the property in 2012 and began a multiphase project that was completed in 2018. Guided by the original architectural drawings, the renovation preserves the classic style and historic character of Fairchild’s design while adapting the house for modern lifestyles. Great care was taken to maintain the home’s architectural integrity and exactly reproduce historical details that had been damaged

or removed over time. A highlight of the tour is the octagonal dining room with hand-painted wallpaper featuring scenes from Hermann Park. Tourgoers will also see the formal rooms on the first floor and the family

room and kitchen in the new addition. Preservation Houston recognized the rehabilitation of this significant house with a 2019 Good Brick Award.


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Collaborative Design Group Architecture & Interiors called on Damien Ogier, owner of Icon Home and its subsidiary Blue Urban Pools & Outdoors, for interior design as well as the stunning courtyard pool at East 9th Street in the Heights.

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ee what’s new in residential architecture during this rare opportunity to view private residences by leading Houston architects, all designed with an eye for excellence in quality, craftmanship, materials, sustainability and innovation. Selected by a jury of industry experts, the selfguided tour gives us two days to explore eight area homes. The home tour is scheduled for October 19-20, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $25 in advance, $30 to $35 on the weekend of the tour, or $10 to tour a single house. For information, visit

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ONE FOOT IN THE PAST As a child she had fond memories playing under the oak trees of her grandparents’ Tanglewood home on Longmont Drive. Now grown up, she and her husband purchased the ranch style home and chose to build new, but kept those now mature trees as well as some of the original footprint of the former house. Architect Paul N. Brow brought the project in at about two-thirds the cost of neighboring homes, while also creating stunning views of the surrounding garden with an Hshaped design. Quarter sawn white oak floors, painted wood

For this 1909 Colonial Revival on Courtland Place, Mirador Group preserved many of the architectural elements while also imbuing the property with contemporary furnishings and finishes. Photo by Divya Pande 51

The homeowners wanted an urban retreat, and studioMET Architects delivered comfortable luxury with this 3,000 square foot enclave on Missouri Street.

paneling, and large windows all add to the ambiance of serenity. Highlights include the hobby space in the garage and the repurposing of brick from the former dwelling to create exterior pavers.

SPACIOUS MODERN Nestled on East 9th Street in the Heights, this 5,298 square foot home gets its space from a second floor to the rear. Designed by Collaborative Design Group Architecture & Interiors for the unique needs of the family, a small study allows the physician owner to work well into the night; then a camouflaged secondary door within the shiplap walls shortcuts to the master suite. A scullery kitchen provides a small refrigerator, coffee pot, toaster and microwave for everyday convenience, while the home’s focus is on outdoor entertaining with

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its yard and pool. Interior features include handmade tiles, light frosted oak cabinetry and expansive ceilings.

1519 HOUSE Ready for their next chapter in life and with the kids gone to school, the homeowners called on Collaborative Designworks to create this forward-thinking vision on Indiana Street that is half the size of their previous home. To accommodate the need for aging in place, as well as their mobility-impaired father, built-ins include a ground level bedroom and bath, a pneumatic elevator with access to all three floors, and an open kitchen with terrazzo-finished concrete flooring. A third floor office has custom wood benches and views of the downtown skyline, while the exterior features an outdoor kitchen and space for an edible garden.

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For this North Boulevard property, Reagan | Andre Architecture created focused views to courtyards for a sense of privacy, while also establishing a connection between the interior and exterior.

BOUTIQUE LIVING Another project for empty nesters, this time on Missouri Street, challenged studioMET Architects to create a space for luxurious living while also preserving six mature oak trees and blending with the single story midcentury bungalows in the neighborhood. The result is a relaxing and comfortable space that utilizes low-maintenance materials while delivering the desired boutique lifestyle. A separate guest house with its own entry ensures that children and grandchildren will always feel welcome.

MULTI-GENERATIONAL GEM Also by studioMET Architects, this new home on Westview features floor-to-ceiling glazing with views of the lush back yard, large pool, covered patio and stately oak tree. The family asked for multi-generational living and the first floor accommodates that need with a first floor mother-in-law suite, as well as an open concept space for the living, dining and 54 house& home | October 2019 |

kitchen areas. Sleeping quarters for the rest of the family, with custom-built reading nooks and a family room, can be found on the second floor, along with a large patio that serves as the home’s front porch. The palette of simple earth tones balances the exterior’s brick and board-and-batten siding.

HISTORIC EUROPEAN The 1909 Colonial Revival on Courtland Place is a Designated Landmark and on the National Registry of Historic Places. Mirador Group preserved the original details of this estate home, calling on new materials to match older elements: mahogany, old-growth cypress and cedar-shake shingles. Imported Italian marble can be found throughout, while the grounds feature an Italian Villa d’Este-inspired fountain, pool and spa. Modern conveniences include a dog door that leads to a dedicated dog run and a guest house that features fully integrated technology in the kitchen, as well as to control music, lighting, security and HVAC systems.


CONTENT Architecture designed this home on Albans Road so that almost all of the rooms faced out to the courtyard, creating a home that’s sleek and spacious.



Located along North Boulevard in the prestigious Boulevard Oaks Historic District, this 6,400 square foot home maintains its privacy with focused views of the zen-like courtyards by way of balconies and terraces, fulfilling the homeowners’ need for a connection between the interior and exterior. Pocketing glass doors between the kitchen and patio can be opened up to create a screened porch. The deep lot has space for both the main house and a detached garage-guest suite, which are connected by a two-story bridge. For the master suite, Reagan | Andrew Architecture designed a vaulted ceiling with lightly stained wood paneling, a feature that adds drama and warmth to this intimate space.

For this home on Albans Road, CONTENT Architecture conceived of a series of independent “stones” that are connected by the movement of the homeowners. The single story living and dining rooms flank the entry and address the transition between the street and the two-story elevations toward the back. Almost all of the spaces look out onto the courtyard, with its vegetation in the foreground and the pool beyond. There’s something for everybody here: a glassed wine wall in the dining room, a concealed barbecue in the courtyard, and sliding doors that connect the children’s rooms to a shared playroom. Even the dog has its own small room and dog run for staying active.

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Paul N. Brow Architect designed this home on Longmont Drive with an “H” plan so that almost all of the rooms have at least two outside walls with views to the surrounding garden.

“It’s one thing to pass by and admire these stunning homes from the outside, but an entirely heightened experience to step inside and be captivated by the remarkable thought and talent that went into each design.” — AIA Houston Executive Director Rusty Bienvenue

For this multi-generational home on Westview, studioMET Architects created a first floor mother-in-law suite and a second story family room with a large patio that offers privacy from the street. 58 house& home | October 2019 |


Collaborative Designworks also managed the construction of this project on Indiana Street, creating an airy and light-filled space with views to the yard, pool, hot tub and tanning ledge.


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ABOVE: Gail Hood Adams and her husband, Joseph Houston Adams, A.I.A., creatively used architecture to find a home-work balance that fit their family’s lifestyle. AT RIGHT: The third floor children’s room features private alcoves for all three of the couple’s children; now that they are grown, the attic provides a whimsical space for grandchildren to play.

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he Adams family is inextricably linked to architecture. Joseph Houston Adams, A.I.A., a self-described farm boy from Muleshoe, Texas, says he and his wife, a sophisticated townie from Princeton, New Jersey, met as graduate students in Philadelphia, brought together by their love of architecture. So, it’s only natural that their home reflects both work and family. But work-family balance, a misnomer to say the least, is a tightrope walk. “What do you do when you love both?” asks Joe Adams,

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co-owner of Adams Architects with his wife, Gail Hood Adams. Their home was their way of working through the dilemma, says Adams and, in the end, he thinks they were successful. They were both present when their three girls returned home from school. Class projects were done on the studio floor. Theirs was the “cool” house to his daughters’ classmates and a second home to their daughters’ friends. The cable that links home and the Adams Architects work studio, a room fit for a pair of architects that can sustain creative chaos, became a second-floor deck that does quadruple


The curved wall in the family’s living room echoes the architecture of a circular walled garden outside. The family’s collection of art includes original paintings by the couple. Gail Hood Adams’ large scale monochromatic floral is shown here on the second floor landing.

duty. More concretely, it’s an outdoor living space and a walkway that also provides shade for covered parking. Metaphorically, it is a bridge that both connects and separates the business and home spheres. However, as unyielding as the materials that constitute the bridge between the residence and studio are, work and family intermixed. Just as class projects were brought to the work studio, so were work projects brought to the dinner table. “Good parents are artists and artistic license has to be granted even in parenthood,” says Adams. Family art proliferates around the house. The living room features a large monochromatic floral by Gail Adams and the third story children’s room features a freeform sculpture by their youngest daughter. 64 house& home | October 2019 |

The family attitude toward art is no more apparent than in the third story children’s room. “We wanted to make [the room] capture the essence of childhood and young adulthood,” says Adams. The architect team built three alcoves in a single large room: one for each of their children to claim and create as their own territory. Adams thinks this configuration is why his daughters bonded so completely and why they’re able to keep their strong bonds when living on opposite coasts. The Adamses wanted the children’s room to have a sense of free-spiritedness, imagination, and whimsy. A structural element that supports this aura is something simple: an air-conditioning duct that circles the room like a crown. They then added angel wings to each girl’s side. This spurred the nick-

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name “angels in the attic” for the girls and the room. “Three little angels (that weren’t always angelic),” he says with a laugh. “We built them this place they can always retreat to.” They also showered the children’s room in natural light, as they did the work studio. In graduate school, the Adamses studied at the feet of Louis I. Kahn, the designer of the original Kimbell Art Museum building, renowned for his mastery of natural light. “[Kahn] understood that Texas light needs to be tamed for artistic purposes,” says Adams. Under Kahn’s tutelage, the Adamses began to think of the sun as material to be sculpted, carved, sliced even. “We sliced the sun up for the benefit of our children.”

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While the children’s room opened up a world of possibility, the circular walled garden on the ground floor serves as an anchor. The Adamses conceived of the circular garden as another place, this one outdoors, to bring the family together. Here they would meet for dinner and after school conversations. On a practical level, the garden adds privacy and security in the urban city where the house lies. But more than that, the garden acts as a centrifugal force, says Adams, drawing family to its center. As children grow up in families, they spin outward, he explains, and this space brings them back to the orbit of their loved ones. It’s a far out, but accurate, representation of the garden. The most recent family reunion was held in that very place.

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t was only fitting that the AIA Houston Design Awards were presented this summer at Emancipation Park, a ten acre oasis in the Third Ward that completed its own $33 million renovation two years ago. Seventeen winners were named, out of a pool of 133 submissions, in the categories of architecture, urban design, unbuilt projects, and restoration/renovation. Awards were given for residential projects by CONTENT Architecture, Reid Architects, Brett Zamore Design, and kinneymorrow architecture. Houston House & Home featured Brett Zamore’s Arlington pool house last October, and we’re showcasing another of kinneymorrow’s projects in this issue. When it comes to interior architecture, we were blown away by the winning selections: MC2 Architects created an unintimidating, open concept space for Greater Houston Pediatric Dentistry, CONTENT Architecture’s design for Paloma Heights was sleek, 72 house& home | October 2019 |

modern and with a cool zen vibe, Kirksey Architecture created a hexagonal honeycomb ceiling for Motiva Reception & Conference Center, and MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio won an award for its design for Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations, one that calls for conversation pods and rotating art collections. Art takes center stage, also, at the new Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. designed a double-height space that anchors the building, creating a flexible, interior quad studio that echoes the quadrangles found elsewhere on the Rice campus. Everybody benefits when it comes to renovation and restoration projects, and one look at EYP Architecture & Engineering’s revamping of George R. Brown Convention Center and you’ll see why. Also notable is how Lake|Flato Architects transformed the circa 1960s McGowen Cleaners into Vibrant Fairview, in collabora-

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