Great Houses of Texas

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In Great Houses of Texas, author Lisa Germany takes the reader on a tour of twenty-five Texas houses—some are lavish and monumental, others more diminutive and intimate, but taken together they relay the story of residential architecture in the Lone Star State.

Dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day and scattered across the state from the East Texas town of Jefferson to El Paso, from the cosmopolitan cities of Houston and Dallas to the grasslands of South ...

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Hardcover New In Great Houses of Texas, author Lisa Germany takes the reader on a tour of twenty-five Texas houses--some are lavish and monumental, others more diminutive and ... intimate, but taken together they relay the story of residential architecture in the Lone Star State. Dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day and scattered across the state from the East Texas town of Jefferson to El Paso, from the cosmopolitan cities of Houston and Dallas to the grasslands of South Texas, many of these houses are marked by their response to the Texas landscape. It is this landscape--combined with the larger-than-life personalities who were drawn to it, the brutal hardships of the frontier, and the architects--that is the unifying theme at work in Great Houses of Texas. When world-renowned architects like Philip Johnson, Maurice Fatio, Steven Holl, and Paul Rudolph add their voices to Texas's own homegrown talents, such as O'Neil Ford, Ted Flato, David Lake, and Chester Nagel, the state becomes th Read more Show Less

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Overview

In Great Houses of Texas, author Lisa Germany takes the reader on a tour of twenty-five Texas houses—some are lavish and monumental, others more diminutive and intimate, but taken together they relay the story of residential architecture in the Lone Star State.

Dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day and scattered across the state from the East Texas town of Jefferson to El Paso, from the cosmopolitan cities of Houston and Dallas to the grasslands of South Texas, many of these houses are marked by their response to the Texas landscape. It is this landscape—combined with the larger-than-life personalities who were drawn to it, the brutal hardships of the frontier, and the architects—that is the unifying theme at work in Great Houses of Texas.

When world-renowned architects like Philip Johnson, Maurice Fatio, Steven Holl, and Paul Rudolph add their voices to Texas’s own homegrown talents, such as O’Neil Ford, Ted Flato, David Lake, and Chester Nagel, the state becomes the locus of an extraordinary residential architecture. Photographer Grant Mudford has captured it all in his exciting images, commissioned especially for this book.

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In Texas "the landscape is always the protagonist," notes architecture writer Germany (Harwell Hamilton Harris), and she covers 150 years with 25 residences that embody her theme. For the better part of a century, the landscape remained an undercurrent in fashionable homes such as an 1854 Greek Revival mansion in Austin and a Victorian Italianate home in Jefferson. Starting with Philip Johnson's 1949 de Menil home in Houston, renowned architects appear on the scene, including Bruce Goff, Paul Rudolph and Steven Holl. Once Germany establishes David Williams (1890-1962) as the "fulcrum on which Texas architecture turned," she proposes a true Texas tradition, which she explores through the work of Williams's students, co-workers and a new generation that seeks inspiration in the state's earliest buildings, such as the farmhouses of German settlers in central Texas. The anecdotal style of the entries provides good background on both architects and clients. 225 color photos. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810993938
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Germany is a noted expert on the architecture of Texas and has written widely on American architecture for Architectural Record, The New York Times, and many other publications. Germany is also the author of Harwell Hamilton Harris. She currently lives in Tennessee.

Grant Mudford’s photographs of great architecture around the world appear frequently in international magazines as well as in numerous books.

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