Brown Residence

3 Spring Hollow Street

Wilson, Morris and Crain designed this house about 1950 for the H. Fletcher and Katherine T. Brown family.  The single level house with built-up low pitched gravel covered roof is situated on a magnificent wooded lot.  Tremendous amounts of glass create a strong connection to the naturalistic creek front setting.

Fletcher Brown was an attorney and Katherine T. Brown was a professor at Rice University, teaching art history in the school of architecture, plus serving as dean of undergraduate students. She graduated from Rice in 1938 and in 1963 received an MFA from Cornell University.  She was described as being almost impossibly elegant and as a beloved instructor with students clamoring to take her classes until her 1989 retirement.  Wilson, Morris and Crain and firm were mostly Rice graduates.  The firm was one of the most prominent in Houston, later hired to design the Astrodome and One Shell Plaza plus many others.  By 1972, the firm had become known as S. I. Morris Associates.