June 2022 Mod of the Month

June 12, 2022
10910 Melody Lane, Houston, TX 77024

Houston Mod invites you to join us Sunday, June 12, 2022
for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 – 4 PM.

Please help find a new preservation minded owner for this attractive vintage modern house located in Hunters Creek Village, about 9 miles west of downtown Houston.

Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. The next Modern Market is scheduled for November 11-13, 2022!

10910 Melody Lane, Houston, TX 77024
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Architect Herb Rather designed this handsome flat-roofed modern house for his family in the early 1960s. The layout provides privacy from the street while the mostly glass back allows indoors and outdoors to harmoniously meld joining the carefully detailed interior spaces with the lushly forested landscaped grounds and swimming pool. Louis Herbert Rather, Jr. (1930-2015) was the nephew of architect J. T. Rather, partner of John Staub. Herb Rather was from Houston and attended Rice University where he received a BA degree in 1952 and BS Architecture degree in1954. In 1959 he joined Neuhaus & Taylor where he remained for the rest of his career. He was a talented artist and after retirement moved to Copperas Cove where his family was based.

If you have information about this house or other vintage mod designs, please share it with Houston Mod so it can be included in the Modern in Houston archive.


News & Upcoming Events

AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee Speaker Series: Printhouse: Transforming a Blighted Property into a Community Asset on June 23, 6 PM, Architecture Center Houston, 902 Commerce
Houston Mod co-founder and preservationist Anna Mod and Houston Mod board officer and architect Kerry Goelzer will discuss Houston’s EaDo (East Downtown) neighborhood, the history of The Houston Post building, the changes to the neighborhood, and some of the technical challenges adapting this mid 1950s building to a neighborhood asset. Visit AIA Houston for more information and registration.

SAVE THE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT – more details to be announced

Lecture + Book-Signing + Reception | Thursday 10 November 2022
Master of the Midcentury
The Architecture of William F. Cody, Monacelli 2021
Modern Market Week | Friday – Sunday 11 – 13 November 2022

Houston Mod has reactivated and now hosts the valuable Memorial Bend Architecture website at Houston Mod. Visit to learn about Houston’s most mod neighborhood.

What’s next for Astrodome? Please visit our friends at the Astrodome Conservancy to learn more about preserving and redeveloping the eighth wonder of the world. Their shop has many fun new items to support the cause.

Mission, Membership and Publications:
Houston Mod is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas and advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy, seeking support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.

Houston Mod is a friend organization of Docomomo US, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement. Docomomo US has been dedicated to this mission for nearly 25 years as a chapter of Docomomo International. A single US domestic membership may be added to any Houston Mod membership for the 50% discounted Friend Organization rate of $45.00.

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