“Residential Architecture 1948-1966”

Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr.’s work survives in demolition-happy Houston

Architecture in Houston is kind of like news in George Orwell’s 1984. It’s destroyed, replaced and forgotten pretty quickly. So it’s a testament to Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr.’s talent that many buildings of the late local architect are not only standing, but cherished. Neuhaus’s work is on display in pictures, models and sketches at Architecture Center Houston’s “Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr.: Residential Architecture, 1948-1966.” His résumé includes the Aline McAshan Botanical Hall for Children at the Houston Arboretum and his own Neuhaus Residence on Lazy Lane, one of the finest Miesian houses in Texas, which recently became the first building of the modern school to be designated a Texas historical landmark. His homes show a Philip Johnson-esque use of simple shapes, large windows and natural light to bond them to their environment. See a talent strong enough to escape the infamous Bayou City wrecking ball at today’s opening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 2. Continues through Sept. 28, 2007

 
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