“Booming Houston and the Modern House: Residential Architecture of Neuhaus & Taylor, 1955-1960”


By Ben Koush

A documentation of Houston architect Harwood Taylor’s early and prolific practice featuring an interpretive essay analyzing the design of the houses in their historical and cultural context. It includes new and historic photographs, along with never before published architectural drawings.

Taylor’s career phase captured in the catalog is a culmination of his designs for a series of Miesian inspired suburban courtyard houses and apartments built between 1955 and 1960 that were widely published in the local and national press.

Harwood Taylor (1927-1989) explored cutting-edge modern design from the late 1940s through the 1960s in Houston, Texas. He was a member of an informal local Miesian school of design inspired by Philip Johnson’s house for Dominique and John de Menil of 1951. Taylor stood out in this group because of the ease with which he mixed the most avant-garde architectural design with the exigencies of everyday life of Houston’s middle class and elite.

This catalog was published to coincide with an architectural exhibition held at the AIA Houston, Architecture Center Houston in August 2006.


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Paperback, 56 pages, Approx. 11 x 8 inches
Published by Houston Mod, 1st edition, August 2006