November 2019 Mod of the Month

November 17, 2019
5655 N. Ella Lee Lane, Briarcroft, Houston, TX 77056

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Please help Houston Mod find a new preservation-minded owner for this vintage modern house in the Briarcroft neighborhood, located just west of the Houston Galleria. Join us Sunday, November 17, 2019 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 – 4 PM.

Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event.

Architect John H. Larson designed this attractive modern style house in 1958. It is located in the well maintained Briarcroft neighborhood, just west of the Houston Galleria. The restrained entry elevation contrasts the interior with its sloped high ceilings, walls of glass, striking fireplace, and other complexities. The house has been thoughtfully updated yet a bathroom and most of the original kitchen including furniture quality Coppes Napanee cabinetry and Thermador oven was preserved.

John Hayden Larson (1919-2010) was from Montana and raised in McAllen, Texas. After serving in WWII, he graduated with an architecture degree in 1950 from Rice Institute. He had a firm in McAllen where he also served on the planning and parks and recreation commissions. In Houston, he was an associate of Cowell & Neuhaus before partnering with B. Macgruder Wingfield, Jr. beginning in December 1958. Later he joined the Keeper Company who specialized in the design and construction of hospitals and medical facilities. His work includes a house for Frank T. Rea at 2003 Briarmead in Briargrove (altered), a house for Phil Randolph at 9214 McAvoy Drive in Braes Timbers and a prominent house for Percy D. Williams located at 31 Briar Hollow Lane (demolished).