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SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2017 12-6PM A self-guided, self-driving tour of private residences designed by AIA architects.



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• Shoes must be removed before entering the homes.

• DO NOT open closets, cabinets, drawers, refrigerators.

• POSITIVELY NO photography inside homes.

• Do not sit on furniture or touch furnishings.

• DO NOT smoke, eat or drink in homes.

• Do not block driveways, walk on lawns, or litter.

• NO strollers permitted in homes. Young children must be supervised at all times.

• Be courteous of the neighborhood you are visiting.

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HOMES TOUR COMMITTEE Tobin Smith, AIA Tobin Smith Architect Co-Chair

Craig McMahon, AIA Craig McMahon Architects Co-Chair

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STAFF Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA Executive Director Belinda Sanchez Communications & Events Coordinator Laura Smith Director of Chapter & Member Services


WITH APPRECIATION TO OUR DEDICATED HOUSE CAPTAINS AND THEIR ASSISTANTS 127 Crofton – King William Monica Hodges, SDA Melinda Kuhns, AIAS 306 Barrera – Lavaca Adam W. Gates, AIA – Captain 707 W. El Prado – Olmos Park Kirby Braun Donovan Linsey, Assoc. AIAS 504 East Mandalay – Olmos Park Isabel Garcia Jaqueline Forsythe, Assistant 100 Wyckham Rise – Terrell Hills Alex Travassos, Assoc. AIA Rahnee Gladwin, IIDA 203 Bluffcove – Bluffcove at Camino Real Charley Gates, AIA Amy Rosas, AIAS

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AIA San Antonio Homes Tour: 20 Years Experiencing Architecture

This year, The San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects celebrates a major milestone with the 20th Annual Homes Tour. While AIA San Antonio provides many experiences that enrich and educate members and the community at large, the home tour provides the public with direct access to superb designs and the people who make those designs come alive. As always, this year’s tour will showcase a handful of homes that illustrate innovative architectural solutions for local families. Each of the six homes, thoughtfully designed by registered architects and members of AIA San Antonio, tells a story that is as unique as the people who inhabit it. Since the tour’s inception twenty years ago, AIA San Antonio has showcased more than 140 homes, and has featured the work of more than 60 registered architects. Curated exclusively by member architects, the homes are living examples of some of the best designs in South and Central Texas. For one day in October, home owners open their doors to the public, allowing strangers to delight in the beauty of a masterfully orchestrated space. Viewed over the course of twenty years, the program's impact has been stunning. Thousands of interested people—students, design enthusiasts, community leaders, and potential clients have crossed the threshold of these beautiful spaces, engaged in conversation with home owners and architects, and come away with a better understanding of the meaningful role that architects play in well-planned places.

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The AIA San Antonio tour is different than other home tours in this regard. Opportunities to explore meticulously designed, inhabited homes are rare, and each home illustrates a real-life, architectural solution that is specific to the client, the home, and its surroundings. Visitors come to understand that architects naturally serve as an advocate for their clients, articulating their ideas through the language of design, shepherding those ideas to fruition through the construction process, serving as a liaison with builders, and protecting budgets. The self-guided, self-paced nature of the tour allows visitors to control their experience and schedule. The generosity of owners sharing their private homes with the public is especially meaningful, and enables AIA San Antonio to showcase the work of the Alamo City’s vibrant community of architects while it also gives visitors the opportunity to experience each customized solution, whether it’s a renovation or new construction, in first-person. This year’s featured homes reflect the best of old and new. With the help of these visionary architects, old structures gained new relevance, while new projects reflect and enrich the historical homes that surround them. The solutions that AIA San Antonio members presented run the gamut from thoughtful rearrangement of space to literally raising the roof. The sizes and budgets are also wide-ranging, proving that architects are an affordable and important option for anyone considering a design project. The homes on the 2017 Tour are in close proximity to each other, allowing plenty of time to dive into each space. For more information about AIA San Antonio, including an events calendar and listings of past homes featured on the Homes Tour, visit

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127 CROFTON AVENUE King William

The clients for the residence at 127 Crofton Avenue are a San Antonio native and her husband, a transplant from Princeton, NJ. They met the architect many years ago in New York City and have become longtime clients and friends, having worked together on projects in New York City, outside of Chicago, IL. and near Princeton, NJ. When the couple relocated to San Antonio in 2014, they found a rental on Crofton Avenue, fell in love with the King William neighborhood, and became intrigued with the property, which was down the street. The existing house had been broken into apartments and was not in great shape. There were problems with the foundation, and the porch was entirely missing from the second floor. Additions to the side and back of the house from the 1980s were nicely done but were oriented inward toward the house rather than out toward the river. (At the time, the nowbeautiful river was probably not much more than a ditch.) The site was also almost entirely paved with concrete and covered with flaking green paint, with openings here and there for plantings. The clients’ program called for the main house to be transformed into homes for her mother and their older daughter and for two outbuildings: one that contained the garage and an artist studio and another that would be a guest house in which they would live.

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STEPHEN ALASTAIR WANTA wanta-architect LLP The architect and his clients came up with the courtyard approach quickly. Two new long narrow buildings and an addition on the back of the main house would form three sides of a courtyard overlooking the river. The canted plan (shifting the two new structures in relation to one another) came a little later in the design process, with the aim of creating a more dynamic relationship between the structures and also responding more directly to the angled geometry of the river on the west end of the site. Originally, they considered having the two structures built offsite and brought in as modular units but their usable widths grew beyond what made sense for that approach and they were ultimately built conventionally on site. The new additions to the original house -- the two-story “tower” on the north side and the twostory addition on the river side-- are detailed to match the original house. The facades of the new structures on the neighborhood side also match the color, scale and character of the original house. These facades also shield the sloped roofs and their solar panels that from the street. The clients wanted a clean, modern aesthetic for the new buildings. The glass studio and living areas are on the upper floors of their respective structures to take advantage of the views. Both of these spaces are open loft-like areas with strategically located skylights and with the slope of the roof apparent from the interior. After considering and rejecting vertical corrugated steel and different rain screen configurations, the architect came up with the randomly spaced “reverse board and batten” siding for the two structures. The intent was to have a taut, flat surface irregularly interrupted to create a finer scale -- this might typically be done in a traditional design with casings and shingles. The steel railings inside and outside the new structures have a subtle random staggering of the depth of the vertical elements in plan that keep the regular four-inch spacing

of the balusters but obliquely have the feel of the random pattern on the siding. The interior finishes, like the bleached walnut floors in the guest house and large format pavers in the glass studio, are for the most part kept simple but with character. However, idiosyncrasies, like the decorative concrete tiles on the guest house bathroom floors and the unusual (and highly visible) stone backsplash in the kitchen, have been added. Other incidental decorative treatments were added to the main house, as well. In landscaping design, local Lueders stone pavers were used extensively – both as a tight-jointed surface and set in grass as large stepping stones between the three buildings on the courtyard. A lot of (mostly unseen) effort



127 CROFTON AVENUE King William was put into the grading, paving, and edging in order for the relatively flat site to drain properly. A small swimming pool is located on the southwest corner of the site with an outdoor kitchen and grille. Existing trees were saved where possible and new trees and bushes have been planted across the entire site to direct or protect views into and out of the buildings. Architect

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306 Barrera Lavaca

The residence at 306 Barrera was not only designed by the architect but the four townhomes on this site were developed by the architect. The site, once considered unbuildable, is in the Lavaca Historic District in which most houses were built on 50-foot lots. The house abuts the front property line but is set back from the sidewalk by six feet.

The house was conceived as a modern interpretation of a historic San Antonio house. The front of the house faces Barrera Street and uses traditional design features to relate to the streetscape of the historic district. The front door is an eight-foot French door in deference to the doors of nineteenth century San Antonio. It is made of Spanish cedar and stained a medium brown. Since the automobile entrance is from the rear, there are no garage doors facing the front. The overall scale of the house is that of a two-story Victorian. It has the typical projecting bay on one side of the façade with windows stacked one above the other. The other side has a recessed entry covered by a double-level porch. However, the house lacks any lacey Victorian detailing. Instead, the porch is supported by a single steel pipe column and the balcony rail is of simple wooden boards matching the rear fence. The two parts of the facade have different materials, stucco and a smooth-finished HardiePlank siding. The two materials are painted different tones of white, reducing the mass of the house. The rear of the house has a single-level “Lâ€? shaped porch which shields the living room and dining room doors from the mid-day sun. The rear porch and a cedar fence define a graveled urban courtyard with crepe

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LEWIS FISHER, AIA Fisher Heck Architects

myrtles and cedar elms. The driveway, entered from Camargo Street, has large squares of concrete separated by bands of gravel. The driveway is adjacent to the courtyard allowing the courtyard to double in size for outdoor entertaining. The interior floor plan is also based on an old San Antonio house, with a central entry hall and rooms on each side. Here however, the rooms flow together in a contemporary way without walls and doorways. The interior of the townhouse is crafted to be full of light with large windows or wood and glass doors in every room. All walls are painted white with white baseboards and door trim. This allow the artwork and furniture to have a gallery freshness. The entry hall sets the tone for this urban house as a gallery for art. At the end of the hall hangs a pair of prints by Denver artist Dolan Geiman. The living room and office on the left of the entry connect to the dining room and openkitchen on the right. A stairway off the living room is an important feature of the house, creating a two-level experience that is lighted by a Solatube skylight. Glass handrails keep the stair as open as possible to the living room. The stairway leads to the two bedrooms above. The master bedroom suite contains walk-in closets, a spacious bath, and the laundry room. Two pairs of French doors open to the balcony with a dramatic view of the Tower of the Americas. A second bedroom and its bath are also on the second floor. Floors on the ground level are a light gray stained concrete, which are polished and sealed. The floor on the second floor are stained white oak, a traditional look that accents the white walls. The neutral paint scheme is continued in the kitchen, office, and baths. Each has white and gray cabinetry and medium gray Silestone countertops. The baths on the second floor have floors of 12� by 18� ceramic tile with a subtle gray striped texture.

Color is brought into the house by its furniture, rugs, artwork and a Mexican folk art collection. The living room is organized around an antique kilim of blues, oranges, camel and black. A glass top coffee table with black wrought legs rests on the rug. A contemporary gray sofa with pillows of light and dark blue complement the pair of cayenne orange chairs. A large painting by Liza Mellinger anchors the middle of the room. An old pine wardrobe contains the Sonos sound system. Ceramic crocks from Texas are displayed around the room. A grouping of Brad Braune paintings hang above a game table sometimes used for evening meals.



306 Barrera Lavaca

The dining room and kitchen are really one space that opens to the rear courtyard. The kitchen with its white cabinetry and gray countertop is accented by Mexican folk art above the refrigerator and on the buffet. The table can extend to seat 12 and is surrounded by black leather chairs with white stitching. A large photograph of Mission San Jose by the late Rick Hunter terminates the view from the living room. At the stairway, a large digital photograph of a Guadalupe River bridge by Robert Strovers commands the landing while a series of silkscreen prints by Ray Chavez leads you to the second floor. At the top of the stairs is a colorful painting by Luis Trevino. The bedrooms also have a contemporary feel as their ceiling slope up to 14 feet, but they have traditional furniture using pieces collected over the years. The master bedroom has an over-the-top American Empire chest of drawers with a mirror supported by mahogany obelisks. A pier table of the same period (that can convert to a game table) is used as a night stand. Two more French doors with over-sized transoms open to the balcony and its dramatic view of the Tower of the Americas. The guest bedroom has the same sloped ceiling as the master and a huge window facing the Tower. The room has a craftsman-style bed with mid-century style nightstands and contemporary lights. A brightly colored kilim, bought off of a fence in Warrenton, Texas, gives the room a jolt of color. The San Antonio townhouse, while nestled on a small lot near downtown, provides all the amenities of a Texas house including expansive views, contemporary open floor plan, two-car garage with off-street parking, and a space inside and out that is great for entertaining.



Lewis Fisher, AIA

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504 E. Mandalay Drive Olmos Park

It may be obvious that every house exists in a particular place, but every house also exists at a particular time. While a house typically stays in the same place it does not stay in the same time. It is a dynamic living thing that evolves as the people who inhabit it change and as the needs placed upon it transform. This change is what elevates a house into a home.

The home located at 504 East Mandalay in Olmos Park was originally built in 1957 as a rambling mid-century ranch-style house. Although its limestone walls and low-sloped gable roofs were commonly seen in residential construction at the time its layout and structural slab is quite unique. Respected San Antonio architect Stanford Busby shaped the plan like a lowercase letter “y” in order to nestle it in between several existing groupings of mature heritage oak trees on the site. Also, the distinctly shaped home sits on a suspended concrete slab foundation more typically seen in larger commercial buildings. From the street, the home is quite unassuming. Rather than make a loud architectural statement it acts as a subtle background for the site’s oak trees. There is no grand front entry; instead a visitor to the home first travels through an open porte-cochere and into a parking court that encircles a cluster of oak trees. The main entrance to the home is located off this rear court meaning the “front” door is actually placed on the backside of the home facing away from the street.

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ELIZABETH HAYNES, AIA Elizabeth Haynes Architect For all its idiosyncrasies, the design of the house was born out of a rational response to the unique opportunities presented by its specific site. This approach served the original owners well and the floor plan proved to be adaptable. In the decades to follow, renovations and additions to the home left the interior spaces compartmentalized and dark. Purchased in 2015, the new owner was interested in creating a much more contemporary feel. Together with the design team, a plan for the house was developed that was clearly more contemporary but still remained respectful to the original spirit of the house. There was an overall effort to “open up” individual rooms so the entire house acted as a more contiguous whole. This strategy allowed some of the odd angled spaces resulting from the house’s geometry to be resolved in more elegant ways. A palette of contemporary but warm materials was chosen to create an interior that felt both new and inviting. The wallpaper and wood paneling was removed and replaced with smooth textured painted walls and the dark floor tile that ran throughout the original home was replaced with a light travertine. Throughout the house, the wood base and trim align with the sheetrock separated by a ½” reveal further creating a clean and contemporary backdrop for the project. The main living area of the house was opened up to the backyard with large ten-foot-wide sliding doors centered on a particularly impressive cluster of oaks. Opposite this opening is a pass-through fireplace that connects the living room to the dining room. This fireplace was clad on both sides by dark steel panels. Overhead structural roof beams were clad in walnut to tie-in with the walnut doors located throughout the house. The kitchen, originally designed as enclosed servant space was redesigned so that it now opens up to and is a contiguous part of the main living space. Centered in the kitchen is an eat-in island clad in soapstone that provides space for casual dining. The surrounding book-matched walnut cabinets, glass tile, and quartz countertops create a composition that is both contemporary and inviting. The office that had been added during the previous expansion was incorporated into an expanded master suite. The master bath now features a freestanding tub and a steam shower. The enlarged closet now includes a large window that looks into an enclosed

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504 E. Mandalay Drive Olmos Park

courtyard, giving what is often a dark, utilitarian space a remarkably open and airy feel. Both bathroom and closet feature radiant heated floors and white oak cabinetry. The new layout of the house creates an interior where every room and circulation have a connection to the outside; the only exception being the powder room. The design team made up for this by adding an accent wall of shimmering glazed tile. Illuminated by a hidden cove light, this feature provides the space with a dynamic light despite having no window. A slate of cutting-edge home automation technology is also fully integrated into the house. The lighting, temperature, sound and security systems are all controlled by a central system that can be adjusted remotely. Speakers are integrated into and hidden in the ceiling while light fixtures and air registers in the public areas of the house are all flush-mounted and lack trim. This creates a ceiling that is much cleaner than it would be otherwise. On the house’s exterior, painted vertical siding was replaced with fused bamboo horizontal planks that related better to the existing exterior limestone. ½” steel angle corner details relate to the contemporary ½” reveals found throughout the interior. Ornamental iron columns were replaced with simple steel tubes that relate to the new gate at the porte-cochere. The orientation of the house’s rear-facing front door was retained but the original arched doorway was replaced with a more contemporary walnut slat door with a steel and glass inlay. The house retains its traditional cedar shingle roof whose durability was illustrated when it survived a recent hailstorm unscathed. Despite the fact that significant alterations were made to the home, the clarity that defines its character is consistent with the original design intent and place. The completed project resulted in a renovation that is complementary to the owner’s aesthetic and appeal of the neighborhood. It was a great honor for the design team to be a part of this journey. 26


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707 W. El Prado Drive Olmos Park

Situated on a limestone plinth exposed by the falling grade, Casa Boda positions itself above neighborhood traffic while harmonizing with the established scale of the neighborhood. Deliberate massing clarifies the various programmatic volumes and an entry porch along the south face of the great room shades the arrival axis and large windows. Flanking the porch, a two-story gabled wing and a projecting flat-roofed one-story stone mass counterbalance one another. After ascending to the entry porch, processing along the colonnade, and passing through the heavy wood front door, visitors arrive in the stone volume, a compact entry gallery. This space opens to an expansive great room and library separated by a double-sided fireplace.

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TOBIN SMITH, AIA Tobin Smith Architect

The kitchen, located at the west end of the home’s public realm, completes this lateral core. Projecting towards the back of the lot from the kitchen, supporting spaces including laundry, storage, and project rooms are located below two grandchildren’s rooms. On the opposite side of the great room a second wing perpendicular to the main core houses the master suite. Between these extending arms a covered porch used for outdoor cooking and entertaining addresses the central courtyard. This north-facing, shaded outdoor space offers a reprieve from the Texas sun. Ceiling fans and a fireplace help to modulate comfort depending on the season, allowing for yearround use. Beyond the lawn a rectangular pool matching the width of the porch is another

enticing destination. The detached garage and mother-in-law studio, which doubles as a pool cabana, completes the courtyard. Together, the U-shaped main structure and linear outbuilding shield this private central space from adjacent residences. A house for empty nesters, the home’s design provides indoor and outdoor entertaining options with ample room to migrate between the various spaces. With all of the program on one level except for the grandchildren’s rooms, the house offers long-term convenience and functionality. A restrained interior palette that defers to colorful fabrics and artwork gives the home a sense of timelessness. Simplicity of form and a few fine exterior materials – limestone, stucco, wood and clay tile – culminate in a clear and eloquent architecture.



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100 Wyckham Rise Terrell Hills

The spacious corner lot and natural topography of 100 Wyckham Rise, are just a few of the features that distinguish this home built in 1947. Unlike so many that have been demolished in favor of something more modern, this house was largely untouched. Both the architect and the client agreed that its regional vernacular style could be successfully renovated with modern design, methodology and materials to meet the needs of a 21st century family. The renovations focused on the living, kitchen and dining areas to the house and the Master Bedroom. Two additional bedrooms, bathrooms and a shared living area were also added. One of the first challenges of the project was how to bring more light into the home. Large exterior overhangs and low existing ceilings severely restricted the ability for natural daylight to penetrate the interior. By removing the center part of the roof and the old concrete tile, the architect was able to raise the roof and add a second floor with an atrium down to the first. Careful consideration was given to the existing scale of the residence to ensure that the rooms had a vertical aesthetic to balance the original linear design of the home. These structural modifications presented significant challenges. Once the roof was removed and the weight was taken off structure allowing it to ‘breathe’ for a few weeks, the majority of the home’s plaster ceilings had to be removed and replaced along with a careful re-application of curved coving work to replace the existing detail that had started to crumble.

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LYNDSAY THORN, AIA The Thorn Group To bring more daylight into the home, the architect also increased the size of the windows. All existing windows and doors in the home were replaced with new low e insulated units. The front and rear garden doors to the main floor were also replaced with custom designed lowprofile steel doors. The original rear windows and doors were removed and replaced with butt jointed insulated glass panels that make the most of the tree line canopy views and that of the lower garden at the back of the home. A twenty-five-foot glass picture window provides a wonderful view of the hundred-year old oak tree in the lush back yard. Attention to detail is a hallmark of this project. The architect took great care to retain the home’s period details. The original crystal door knobs were reutilized. In the kitchen, the architect used a modern arrangement of twotone colors reminiscent of a 1940’s checkerboard pattern on the floors. The same principal of appropriate detailing drove a large part of the kitchen design as well. As the client is a very accomplished cook, every inch of space around the range, to the open upper shelves for cooking implements to the custom-built beverage station allows for the homeowners every need. The decision to forego a kitchen island in favor of a traditional family table and chairs was a choice made by the homeowners based on their day-to-day lifestyle preferences, not the dictates of what most expect to see in a modern kitchen.



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In the Master Suite, the architect was again challenged by the dual 1940’s bathrooms located at either end of the Master closet. To retain the character and flow of the Master Suite, the decision was made to keep the separate bathrooms but modernize the wife’s bath to include a cantilevered shower and a soaking tub. Interestingly, the additional new plumbing made it possible for the client to add an exterior wall shower in the lower garden area adjacent to the pool. The existing exterior details of the home were embraced as much as possible including the replacement of existing cast stone window sills within the brickwork and creative repurposing of an old roof gutter and groundwater collection tank that is still in use to help with the irrigation of the back yard. On the rear of the home the original wood deck was removed exposing long-forgotten concrete steps leading to the backyard. To renew the outdoor living space, the yard as regraded and the old, damaged swimming pool was replaced with a more efficient and modern design. Around the pool, flagstone, of varying sizes provides gracious seating and dining areas near a new outdoor fireplace. A multi-level steel shade structure was designed and built with an opaque plexiglass roof to provide a respite from inclement weather and the harsh effects of the south Texas sun.

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203 Bluffcove Bluffview at Camino Real

When asked by friends to look at a site they purchased for a new home, architect Jim Heck recalls the surprise he experienced when stepping out onto the bluff, revealing a spectacular panoramic view below the western sky. Creating that same element of surprise when entering the home became the key design concept. Nestled in the Northwest corner of a cul-de-sac between numerous live oak trees, one approaches the house on a subtly curved drive into a private parking area centered around the front door. There is ample parking for up to nine guest vehicles. The garage entrance is hidden from view. Windows on the entry side are minimal so guests have no idea what awaits on the other side. As one enters through the massive oak entry doorway, the panoramic vista opens before their eyes. The natural features of the site guided the design. The upper portion of the property is relatively flat with over half of the nearly two thirds of an acre lot on the steeply sloping bluff. The house was designed to fit between numerous significant trees, all of which were saved. The entire bluff is left in its natural state with oaks, persimmon, cedar, elm and lantana. Upon passing through the front door directly into the spacious combined living and dining room, the house visually opens toward the bluff view. Straight ahead, a pair of doors lead to a deep, covered forty-eight foot wide porch. Steps lead from the porch to the forty-foot-long swimming pool and adjacent spa with a commanding view over the bluff. A cabana at the north

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JIM HECK, AIA Fisher Heck Architects

end of the pool provides shaded comfort and additional outdoor dining for frequent parties. The master bedroom suite is on the south side of the living area; the opposite end of the house from the guest bedroom wing. The entry separating the bathroom and bedroom now contains a spiritual space with a collection of religious art, including a reproduction of a tapestry by John Nava from Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, depicting the Baptist of Christ. Across the room hangs a painting by beloved San Antonio artist Brother Cletus Behlmann, a Marianist brother and former artistin-residence at St. Mary’s University. In the bedroom, the king-size bed faces a seating area with a corner fireplace and a view toward the bluff. The room has direct access to the covered porch. The master bath at the opposite end of the suite has his and hers toilets, vanities, and walk in closets plus a deep whirlpool bath and separate walk in shower. The area to the north of the living dining room is a two-story wing containing a study, a combined kitchen and breakfast room, laundry room, powder room office and hall to the twocar garage on the first level. The kitchen is U-shaped with a large center island, double over, microwave, under-counter ice machine and wine storage, five-burner gas range, SubZero refrigerator/freezer and a warming tray built into the island. Adjacent to the kitchen is a large walk-in pantry. The study, with a view of the pool and cabana can serve as an extra guest bedroom with its own walk in closet and toilet and shower. Ascending a wide spiral staircase to the upper level guest area, you enter a pocket billiard room flanked by two separate bedroom suites, each with its own walk-in closet and private bath. The clients, originally from the Chicago area, admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The home incorporates low-sloped roofs with deep overhangs and emphasizes horizontal line. Unlike many of Wright’s homes, the interior spaces have tall ceilings and eight-foot high doors throughout to accommodate the original client, who was a very tall man.

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203 Bluffcove Bluffview at Camino Real

Exterior materials are simple. Walls are a combination of synthetic stucco and burnished modular masonry units, a nod to Wright's modular masonry incorporated in his Usonian Houses. Roofing is a synthetic purple slate and the soffits of the overhangs are stained tongue and groove pine boards. Interior finishes are consistent throughout the house. The palette is simple. Walls are painted off-white throughout with an occasional accent color. Custom detailed cabinetry, wall base and door casings match the off-white color of the walls. Floors on most of the first level spaces are walnut, as are all the interior doors. Bathroom floors are travertine tile. Warm-grey, loop pile carpet is used in the guest bedrooms, study, and office. Plumbing fixtures match the same off-white color of the walls and all countertops are black granite. Lighting inside and outside the house is controlled by a series of separately programmable stations in ten different zones, allowing for appropriate light levels to suit all occasions. Fixtures throughout the house have recently been re-lamped, incorporating LED bulbs that simulate the warm glow and color shifting characteristic of traditional incandescent bulbs. Jim and his wife were fortunate to have acquired this house from their friends in 2011. Since that time, the physical house has remained unchanged except for the furnishings, art and a few splashes of color to the predominately white walls.


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The AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS is a not-for-profit organization established in 1857 and is the only professional organization of architects in the United States. The AIA represents over 90,000 architects across the nation and over 6,200 architects in Texas. AIA San Antonio is the fourth largest chapter of the AIA in Texas and serves 600 local architects. The AIA is committed to increasing the quality of service by its members as well as increasing the awareness of the value of architecture. For more information or to get in touch with a local AIA Architect contact AIA San Antonio at 210-226-4979. AIA San Antonio 44

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John Troy, Landscape Architect and Wally Baker of Casa Verde Landscaping appreciated being part of the 707 W. El Prado team.

Thanks to AIA San Antonio for showcasing it!

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