851 W. 43rd Street

851 W. 43rd Street
  • Architect
  • Year Built
  • Building Type
    Single-Family Residential
  • Neighborhood
    Garden Oaks
  • Quadrant
  • Status
    Still With Us
  • Special Recognition
    City of Houston Landmark

Architect Allen Williams’ design for this distinctive house was completely modern in appearance and approach.  His Century-Built Homes, proving themselves to likely be suitable to last for centuries, employed modernistic design and an unusual all masonry construction.  Three of the houses are known to exist. This was likely the first to be constructed. A similar house, also by Allen Williams, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark and is a designated City of Houston Protected Landmark.

The Garden Oaks setting is picturesque with large, wooded lots and rambling curved streets without curbs and gutters. Edward L. Crain developed the neighborhood beginning in 1937.  Architects Wilson and Morris designed some of the early houses and the elementary school. Edward Crain’s nephew, architect B. W. Crain, joined the Wilson and Morris firm in 1953