|Houston Mod was established in 2003 as a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the public in achieving this goal. Houston Mod is a friend organization of DoCoMoMo, an international preservation group.
Houston Mod holds events such as lectures, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, and tours. Four publications have been produced about modern architecture and architects from the Houston region. A website informs of current events and issues while also archives the works of many important modern structures both demolished and still with us in the area.
Houston Mod created and continues the award winning Mod of the Month program to spotlight buildings in need of new preservation minded owners. The group also helped establish Houston Modern Market which recently completed its second annual show. In April 2012, Modern Month, also established by Houston Mod, will be celebrated for a third year to bring more focus to the cause and now at a state wide level.
The Houston Mod Preservation Awards program honors excellence in modern preservation.
2015 Award Recipients
Mr. James Gast, author of The Astrodome: Building An American Spectacle
Mr. Glen Rosenbaum, renovation of 5219 South Braeswood Boulevard
Vanessa and Gavin Gerondale, 5231 Braesvalley Drive
Barbara and Bernard Allen, 204 Oyster Creek Drive, Lake Jackson
Jennifer and Andy Littleton, restoration of 50 Plantation Court, Lake Jackson
2012 Award Recipients
City of Houston Houston Public Library, Oak Forest Library, renovation of Goleman & Rolfe’s Oak Forest Neighborhood Library
Congregation Emanu El, Temple Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Boulevard
Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue
Mr. James Oyler, 7911 Santa Elena Street
Mr. Walter Bering, renovation of 2100 Persa Street
Building Modern Houston, by author Anna Mod
2011 Award Recipients
Houston Parks & Recreation Dept., renovation of MacKie & Kamrath’s Gragg Building
New Regional Planning, renovation of Thompson McCleary and Hamilton Brown’s Macham Building
Brochstein’s, Inc., 11530 Main Street
Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Hahnfeld, renovation of 22 Willowend
Mr. and Mrs. John Arnold, renovation of 10111 Cliffwood Drive
Betty Lee and Alen Gaw, renovation of 12020 Tall Oaks Street
2009 Award Recipients
Baker Botts and The Center to preserve essential social services and modern architecture
Exxon/Mobil Corporation, renovation of Welton Becket + Associates` Humble Building
Mr. and Mrs. Scott R. Butler, renovation of 4135 Durness Way
Primeway Federal Credit Union, renovation of Wilson, Morris, Crain + Anderson`s Heights State Bank Building