“Constructing Houston’s Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evan Jones and Lloyd Morgan Jones”


By Ben Koush

Lloyd Morgan Jones, one of Houston’s premier modern architectural practices, designed over 2,000 projects from the time it began in 1947 until the remaining partners ceased operations in 1994. The firm worked at all scales, from houses to skyscrapers. Characterized by quiet restraint rather than exuberant formal explorations, the work of Lloyd Morgan Jones is distinguished by its precision in execution. Their buildings are hard-edged and spare; detailing, while extremely precise, is minimal and discreet.

Fifty of Lloyd Morgan Jones’s most significant projects are featured. These include the Rice Stadium (1949); the Straus House (1951), Houston’s grandest Contemporary house; Melrose Building (1952), Houston’s first modern high-rise office building; The American General Building (1965), the award-winning initial building for Gus Wortham’s American General office center on Allen Parkway; The Astrodome (1965), America’s first covered stadium; the masterplan and the buildings in Greenway Plaza (1969-1982); Four Allen Center (1984), infamous as the “Enron Building;” and the Galvestonian (1983), the most distinguished modern condominium high rise in Galveston.

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Paperback, 176 pages, Approx. 8 x 11.5 inches
Published by Houston Mod, 1st edition, August 2017