Lemmel Residence

663 Strey Lane
  • Architect
  • Year Built
  • Building Type
    Single-Family Residential
  • Neighborhood
    Memorial Villages
  • Quadrant
  • Status

A thicket of dense vegetation has completely hidden this well designed modern house. In the late 1950`s, Bernhardt O. Lemmel, who came to Houston to head the college of art at the University of Houston, and wife Gladys who was general contractor, had M. Bliss Alexander design this house for them and their daughter. Lemmel remained involved with the art school for 40 years and the family has held onto their house for over 50 years.

The multi-level flat roof incorporates clearstory windows abundantly illuminating the interiors even in the densely shaded setting. A masterfully proportioned central living area comprised by extended planes of brick, glass, and wood has a high ceiling and stunning multi-sided focal point fireplace and chimney. Other equally well proportioned rooms include a study, two bedrooms, kitchen and breakfast area and laundry room. Multiple sets of glass sliding doors open to outdoor areas from most rooms. Most aspects of the house are original including the dual tone terrazzo floors and the color coordinated Crane plumbing fixtures.

The original set of plans is available. Overall condition of the structure appears to be sound but a leaking roof has damaged the ceiling and several walls. The house is offered for sale by owner.