Anna Mod will take you on a slideshow tour of Building Modern Houston. Then join a walking tour of First Baptist Church with Jack Goodman. Friday, October 5, 2012 6:30 pm The Chapel at First Baptist Church
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
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.
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 theNational Register of Historic Placesas one of the oldest intact miniature golf courses in Texas, if not the nation.
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.