Modern in Houston

Ballantyne House Photo 2007 by Ben Hill

Ballantyne House
Architect: MacKie and Kamrath
2 Tiel Way

Kamrath designed this house after his other two Tiel Way masterpieces (Gonzalez and Kamrath Houses) were finished. A.J. Ballantyne hired Kamrath with a restricted budget, but managed to receive a wonderful house on another one of Tiel Way’s steeply sloping sites. The house has two wings. The bedroom wing faces an interior courtyard, while the dining room, family rooms and kitchen looks out to a grass courtyard. Adjoining the two wings is a sunken living room that projects out above Buffalo Bayou.

Dr. Ballantyne himself was the “landscape architect” of the home, and according to S. Regan Miller in his 1994 Rice University thesis, “There is a strong integration of landscape and architecture due to the horticultural talents of Dr. Ballantyne.”
Text By Jason Smith
Photo By Ben Hill

The Ballantyne House was demolished in January 2017.

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