Friday, May 22, 2015

Mid-Century for the 21st Century: Residential Case Studies

Dates: June 11 & June 18
Time: 6-7:30 pm 
Location: AIA Austin/Austin Center for Architecture, 801 W. 12th St.
Cost: free
Mid Tex Mod is thrilled to partner with AIA Austin to highlight the best in mid-century residential design envisioned by some of our premier 21st century architects. This two-part lecture series held at the Austin Center for Architecture will feature two speakers per evening followed by an audience Q&A. Architects Nick Deaver, Mell LawrenceStuart Sampley,and David Webber will discuss challenges faced and solutions found in their recent renovations of homes designed by local mid-century masters A. D. Stenger and Fehr & Granger.

Brady Lane Residence: Original Design by A. D. Stenger, Renovation and Addition by Webber + Studio (Photograph by Andrea Calo).
The series will focus on how to bring mid-century properties in line with current homeowner expectations, sustainability standards, and construction practices. These homes often have small kitchens, broad expanses of single-pane glass, and seemingly outdated finishes. This often leads the realty industry to value them for little else than their land and replacement value.  We’ll look at ways in which experienced architects have worked with homeowners to thoughtfully rework interior spaces and site plans, improve energy efficiency, and design additions which respect and enhance a home’s original design intent. We’ll also discuss how to work with pioneering mid-century construction methods and materials that may no longer be in use today, but can be improved to make these houses not only livable, but desirable.

Please reserve your space by emailing 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Tour Highlights

We had a great crowd this Saturday for Mid Tex Mod's tour of St. Martin's! Jason John Paul Haskins started the event with a fascinating talk about architect and educator Robert Mather of Jessen Jessen Millhouse and Greeven, and the rarity and importance of his design.


Congregant and preservation architect Dennis Cordes then led a tour of the building and discussed the intricacies of MCM stewardship. 





Thank you again to our speakers, Jason John Paul Haskins and Dennis Cordes, and also to the more than 40 people who attended. Also a big thank you to St. Martin's for allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy and learn about their fantastic building. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church - this Saturday!

 We are looking forward to the upcoming tour of this stunning example of Modern ecclesiastic architecture – St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church (located at 606 W. 15th in Austin). Please join us on May 16 from 2-4 p.m. for the tour and lectures by MTM member Jason John Paul Haskins and Preservation Architect Dennis Cordes.  We've uploaded some photos below for a preview. More can be seen on Jason's flickr page

Email to RSVP. Tickets are not required, but we will be accepting donations at the door (with a $5 suggested donation).

St. Martin's (image courtesy of Jason John Paul Haskins).
Articulation of masonry on the exterior of the sanctuary (image courtesy of Jason John Paul Haskins).
Sanctuary (image courtesy of Jason John Paul Haskins).
Sanctuary (image courtesy of Jason John Paul Haskins).
Sanctuary (image courtesy of Jason John Paul Haskins).

Stained glass (image courtesy of Lindsey Derrington).
Stained glass (image courtesy of Lindsey Derrington).

Stained glass (image courtesy of Lindsey Derrington).

Chapel (image courtesy of Kelly Little).