Houston MOD


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Houston Mod's second exhibition catalog, Booming Houston and the Modern House: The Residential Architecture of Neuhaus & Taylor, 1955-1960 (ISBN 1-4243-1040-7, $15) describes and documents Houston architect Harwood Taylorís early and prolific practice. This phase in his career culminated in his designs for a series of Miesian inspired suburban courtyard houses and apartments built between 1955 and 1960 that were widely published in the local and national press.

Harwood Taylor (1927-1989) explored cutting-edge modern design from the late 1940s through the 1960s in Houston, Texas. He was a member of an informal local Miesian school of design inspired by Philip Johnsonís house for Dominique and John de Menil of 1951. Taylor stood out in this group because of the ease with which he mixed the most avant-garde architectural design with the exigencies of everyday life of Houstonís middle class and elite.

As with all activities of Houston Mod, we hope this exhibition will increase awareness in Houston of the importance of post-World War II modern architecture in Houston.

Booming Houston and the Modern House features an interpretive essay analyzing the design of the houses in their historical and cultural context. It includes new and historic photographs, along with never before published architectural drawings, all of which were on display in Houston Modís exhibition of the same name held at the offices of the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter from 19 August through 6 October 2006.

The catalog was designed by Trina Bentley of Emblem Creative.

Booming Houston and the Modern House can be purchased at:

American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter
Brazos Bookstore, Houston
Hennessey & Ingalls, Santa Monica
Kuhl Linscomb, Houston
Menil Collection Bookstore, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Bookstore, Houston
Museum Store, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
PH Design Shop, Houston
Prairie Avenue Bookshop, Chicago
Sunset Settings, Houston
William Stout Architectural Books, San Francisco

Booming Houston and the Modern House can also be purchase online at Amazon.com