Mad Men In Houston: Five Long-Gone Architectural Examples
The terrific group Houston Mod is dedicated to preserving as much as it can of Houston's energetic fling with "modern" architecture and design -- as in Mad Men modern, for a large part.
They also mourn the passing of modern architecture that's been demolished to make way for even more modern architecture, with the replacement usually lacking the flair shown by the replaced.
Here's five examples from their "Mod No More" page :
5. The Mitchell House (1963)
Pictured above, the house was built in Piney Point for George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell, before they ever dreamed of a pavilion . The kid looks especially fascinated by the flames, although maybe he's just contemplating the enormity of the universe as he hunches under the vast indifference of that atrium.
Now this is where Don Draper would do his banking, if he lived in Houston. Although if he lived in Houston in the early `60s, he probably wouldn't be Don Draper as we know him. (Could he pull off a Stetson look?) Located at 1001 Main, it's now a parking garage.
3. Southwestern Savings Association Building (1960)
They tried to save this alien spaceship of a building in Bellaire, but it is now a drive-through bank.
2. The Senator's House (1956)
Built for Senator Lloyd Bentsen and his family, the Memorial-area home was torn down in 2007. Maybe this patio is where he made the decision to fulfill his lifelong dream of running as Michael Dukakis' vice-president.
Just inside the Loop near the Galleria, this was built for a lawyer who wanted a central location in his home for family functions. The fireplace separates the living and dining areas. The building itself was a stark, flat one-story edifice. We assume there's a bar just out of sight well-stocked with the makings of a killer Manhattan or Tom Collins.
Be sure to check out the group's webpage for more gone -- and still-existing!! -- examples of Mad Men in Houston.
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