Private Houston: Classical Variations from Staub & Briscoe, to Curtis & Windham
March 12-15, 2020
The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exclusive tour of Houston, Texas. During the course of the tour, architectural historian Stephen Fox will guide participants through a number of the city's most beautiful private homes and experience exclusive receptions and events along the way.
This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728 or Tom Hayes [email protected] or 413-243-4155.
Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.
Opening Lecture by Stephen Fox
Architectural historian Stephen Fox of Rice University will give the opening lecture and take on the role of guide throughout the tour. Fox is the author of The Country Houses of John F. Staub and a Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas.
Participants will tour River Oaks, Houston's best known neighborhood, which was planned in the mid 1920s as a garden suburban residential community by philanthropists and cultural arbiters, Will and Ima Hogg.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Tour participants will visit the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This Latin Colonial style country house, designed by architects John Staub and Birdsall P. Briscoe, and gardens, designed by Ruth London, C.C. Fleming, and Albert E. Sheppard has been the setting for an outstanding collection of American furniture and art since 1966.
Tour participants will visit Neal House, a splendid Louis XV style Chateau designed by John Staub. This house features a garden originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers and restored by Suzanne Turner Associates.
Participants will visit Ravenna, a River Oaks house designed by John Staub with a Georgian exterior. Ravenna was restored for its current owners by Curtis & Windham with interiors by Mario Buatta and Daniel Romualdez.
Participants will visit Nelms House in River Oaks, one of the largest houses of architect Frank J. Forster's career.
Dinner at Memorial Residence
Tour participants will enjoy dinner catered by Houston's most celebrated chef, Hugo Ortega at the generously scaled Memorial Residence in the Memorial-area suburban town of Piney Point Village. Rehabilitated and expanded by architect Virginia W. Kelsey, this spacious house, faced with radiant Texas limestone, exudes warmth and hospitality.
Participants will visit Shadyside, a 36-acre "private place" subdivision modeled on the private streets of St. Louis. Located on Main Boulevard between the Museum of Fine Arts and the campus of Rice University, Shadyside is an integral part of the now century-old suburban civic arena that also includes Hermann Park.
Tour participants will visit Crotty House, one of the six houses Birdsall P. Briscoe designed in Shadyside.
Tour participants will visit Blaffer House, the second house constructed in Shadyside. During the 1920s architect Birdsall Briscoe added to the house twice for owners Sarah Campbell and R. Lee Blaffer, transforming the house from a Craftsman cottage to a grand Georgan manor.
Participants will visit Broadacres, a 35-acre subdivision located near the Museum of Fine Arts and designed by architect William Ward Watkin, the first professor of architecture at Rice University. Broadacres is distinguished by wide landscape medians and brick sidewalks and includes eight country houses designed by Birdsall Briscoe and six by John Staub.
Walne House & Kuldell House
Tour participants will visit a pair of manorial style houses in Broadacres. Walne House was designed by Briscoe and his partner Sam H. Dixon and was renovated for its current owners by Curtis & Windham. Across South Boulevard from Walne House participants will visit the Kuldell House, designed by John Staub, which features distinctly crafted finishes that have been meticulously restored by its current owners.
Lunch at Waverly Court House
Tour participants will enjoy a relaxed lunch at the Waverly Court House located between Broadacres and Shadyside.
Knollwood House & Mellinger House
Tour participants will return to River Oaks to visit Knollwood House designed by Curtis & Windham, and Mellinger House a picture perfect house, designed by John Staub, is occupied by the daughter and son-in-law of the original owners.
Meadow Lake House & Larchmont House
The tour will conclude with a pair of neoclassical River Oaks houses by Curtis & Windham, with cocktails at the Meadow Lake House followed by dinner at Larchmont House.