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River Oaks

Anderson House

Featuring Neoclassical design elements, the Anderson House is noteworthy for its association with two of Houston's premier 20th-century residential architects. Hiram Salisbury, a popular architect for early homes in River Oaks, designed the original portion of the house that was completed in 1941. Needing additional space for their family, owners Thomas D. and Helen Sharp Anderson hired noted Texas architect John Staub to design an east-wing addition in 1950. The Anderson House features a two-story porch on the façade detailed with Ionic columns above and Doric columns on the ground level. (Recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 2001.)

Anderson House Anderson House  

Location
 

3925 Del Monte
Houston, TX 77019

  GPS: Latitude: 29° 44.975'
Longitude: 95° 26.565'
  Key Map: 492 N

Neuhaus Houston (Hugo Victor, Jr.)

A significant example of International-style architecture, the 1950s Neuhaus House has a strong horizontal emphasis and expression of private and public space, as well as an integration of living space and landscape. Architect and Houston native Hugo Victor Neuhaus, Jr. (1915-1987) designed the home for himself. He graduated from Yale University in 1938 and then attended the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where the faculty included noted European modernists Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Following graduation in 1941, Neuhaus served in the U.S. Army Air Force and returned to Houston to wed Mary Wood Farish, widow of his cousin William Stamps Farish, Jr. Neuhaus joined the office of C. Herbert Cowell where he partnered from 1949 until the firm dissolved in 1962. During his early years with Cowell, he became the local associate architect to renowned designer Philip Johnson, who had strong ties to Mies van der Rohe, a preeminent innovator of the International style. Neuhaus' design of his home shows a strong reflection of the modern styles he was exposed to at Harvard and the work of van der Rohe. The house features planes of solid brick and glass walls. Through the large windows, the indoor rooms share visual space with a plunge pool and terraced outdoor living area, designed in collaboration with Houston landscape architect C. C. "Pat" Fleming. The Neuhaus home, one of several celebrated Neuhaus designs, was frequently represented as a shining example of Houston's modern architecture, a legacy that continues today. (Recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 2005.)

Neuhaus House    

Location
 

2910 Lazy Lane Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019

  GPS: Latitude: 29° 44.621'
Longitude: 95° 22.908'
  Key Map: 492 Q
  Tip: Private residence with locked gate