Minus the air conditioning and other newfangled add-ons, an old Old Braeswood property looks every bit the manorial English estate architect Carl Mulvey intended when he designed it back in 1929. The property, located in a section of the neighborhood falling east of Greenbriar Dr., was listed “as is” last week with a $1.15 million asking price. Inside, there’s plenty of time-burnished woodwork.
Writing about the home in a Cite magazine article (PDF) meant to accompany the Rice Design Alliance’s home tour of Braeswood back in 1986, architectural historian Stephen Fox described the home’s recessed front door (top photo): “The round-arched entry way is Mulvey’s version of John F. Staub’s version of a characteristic detail by the English architect Edwin L. Lutyens.” He adds: “This is how all of Braeswood was supposed to have looked.” Mulvey, at one point “under the tutelage” of another well-known Houston architect, Birdsall Briscoe, was consulting architect for Braeswood Corp. (before it crashed with the stock market).
A swinging door (at right in the photo above) in the dining room likely leads to the kitchen, one of many camera-shy rooms in the listing. The breakfast room, however, does make enough of an appearance to tip off how linoleum flooring spills into the adjacent room:
Meanwhile, as viewed from the swinging door, the dining room on the northwest side of the home shows its more recent use as an office:
The living room is across the foyer, where a little more woodwork stretches across the ceiling:
A set of paneled doors (that aren’t arched) leads to the cozy library, where a shutterbug’s shadow first shows up in the listing’s slightly distorted photos:
The 4,134-sq.-ft home’s 4 bedrooms are upstairs, but only a couple of them appear in the listing. Here’s the master bedroom, featuring windows on 3 sides:
The floor plan includes 3 full bathrooms and 2 half-baths, none of which is pictured. Here’s a stripped-down secondary bedroom, though:
A portion of the attic space under all the gables has been converted into a game room:
Other sections remain unfinished:
The property’s gable-capped quarters are over its garage, located at the back of the 18,622-sq.-ft. lot.
The view from the back of the yard toward the slightly curving street shows off the grounds and many of the home’s peaks. Just 2 sprawling lots the east, S. Main St. provides a straight shot to Texas Medical Center.
HCAD indicates the property has been in the same family since at least the mid-eighties. The house is one of 4 in the neighborhood designed by Mulvey. One is across the street and closer to Greenbriar. One is in the next block west. Another sits on a neighboring street. And one, long gone, was located east of Main St. on Braeswood Blvd.
- 2215 Glen Haven Blvd. [HAR]