Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mark your calendar! Oct 5. Building Modern Houston and Tour of First Baptist Church

Anna Mod will take you on a slideshow tour of Building Modern HoustonThen join a walking tour of First Baptist Church with Jack Goodman.

Friday, October 5, 2012
6:30 pm
The Chapel at First Baptist Church

901 Trinity Street
Austin, Texas

(Read and contribute information about the First Baptist Church on the Austin Historical Survey Wiki.)

AIA Homes Tour

AIA Austin is holding its 26th Annual Homes Tour the weekend of October 6-7, 2012.  The tour showcases 13 new and newly-renovated homes from across the Austin area. The two-day self-guided tour celebrates the diverse and stunning design talent of Austin’s local architects, with both traditional and contemporary designs. www.aiahomestour.com

Monday, September 24, 2012

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center
University of Texas at Austin 

September 11, 2012 – January 6, 2013
More information

Sunday, September 16, 2012

(Oct 5) Building Modern Houston and Designer-led Tour of First Baptist Church

All across the country, Docomomo US chapters will host tours, lectures, and other events that celebrate the Modern Movement for Tour Day 2012. Mid Tex Mod and the University of Texas at Austin Graduate Program in Historic Preservation will host:

Building Modern Houston
by Anna Mod
 Friday, October 5, 2012
6:30 pm

Chapel at First Baptist Church
901 Trinity Street
Austin, Texas 

Suggested donation of $5-$10 

Move from Houston modernism to Austin brutalism without changing venue. After the lecture, you will have a unique opportunity to tour the gorgeous First Baptist Church. This special tour will be led by one of its original designers, Jack Goodman.
Highlights of Building Modern Houston include:
  • The story of the Houston Astrodome
  • Landmarks of Houston’s NASA history
  • Architecture of private homes and post-war suburban expansion
  • Houston's earliest modern-era skyscrapers that transformed the city's skyline
  • The surviving treasures of the Richmond Avenue corridor
  • Philip Johnson and his contemporaries in Houston   
Anna Mod grew up in Houston. She is a 1986 graduate of Tulane University with a BA in Art History and Latin American Studies. Her graduate degree in Historic Preservation is from the University of Vermont in Burlington. She is currently a Historic Preservation Specialist at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Houston.

Mod is a board member of The Heritage Society (Houston) and Texas Dance Hall Preservation.  She is published in Cite and Texas Architect magazines and is a contributing author of Buildings of Texas, vol. I, part of the national series Buildings of the United States published by the Society of Architectural Historians and due out in April 2012. She has taught historic preservation courses at the architecture colleges at Prairie View and the University of Houston. 

Jack Goodman graduated from the University of Texas School of Engineering. His  Architectural / Engineerin Firm is BLGY, Inc., which was started in 1955. He retired in 1999. 

Special thanks to 

S.A.'s roadside treasures worth saving

Remember Cool Crest? The iconic miniature golf course on Fredericksburg Road, built in 1937, may reopen after a five-year hiatus. Cool Crest is a beloved local business whose popularity is fueled by nostalgia, but it is also historically significant, recognized by the city as a Designated Historic Landmark. It may even be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as one of the oldest intact miniature golf courses in Texas, if not the nation.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/S-A-s-roadside-treasures-worth-saving-3863619.php#ixzz26fyao8fA

Friday, September 7, 2012

Roadside Treasures - Buildings of the Automotive Era

Curious about kitschy, quirky, and cool roadside architecture? The San Antonio Conservation Society and the UTSA College of Architecture's Center for Cultural Sustainability are sponsoring a seminar focusing on auto-oriented buildings and structures of the twentieth century. Saturday, September 15th. More information and to register.

Chester Liebs, author of Mainstreet to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture will be keynote speaker. Liebs will also speak at the University of Texas at Austin on Secrets of Japanese Cities the World Admires on Thursday, September 13th at 5 pm. Free! More information.