Is it any wonder that this custom studio-home of a fine arts photography gallery owner is camera ready? From curbside, it comes with a limelight finish. Rice architecture prof Carlos Jiménez, who’s designed art museums, homes, and warehouses alike, incorporated ingredients of each in this 2011 project. A week ago, the Riverside Terrace property went up for sale with a $650,000 asking price.
The sloping roof accommodates a partial second story, as well as lofty living and a large, column-free exhibition space at ground level:
Glimpses of that main space, a whopping 47 ft. by 22 ft., develop from shades of gray (above) to color in the listing, though the latter is mostly in the artwork popping and propping against white walls:
Cable fixtures and display lighting ring several rooms. Interior walls rise to various heights but stop short of the ceiling.
Among the basic shapes of the structure, a pop-up dormer with south-bound sky view caps sliding double doors.
They access a backyard patio formed by concrete pads atop a pebbled beach:
Here’s a view of the structure as it was framed in red iron:
Inside, those supports have all been painted to blend into the clean canvas environment, but they remain exposed:
Behind the flats of storage (above), floating walls screen the shelf-lined room currently used as a library:
In the island kitchen, a chef-height window looks across a stub of gated driveway.
Listing photos show only 1 of the 2 bedrooms (above), both located upstairs, and none of the bathrooms. (There is a full bathroom and a half-bath.) The listing says there’s no garage, but a small outbuilding sits at the end of the driveway. A portion of front yard has been paved for a double-wide parking area:
The north-facing lot, which measures 8,470 sq. ft., is located 9 houses east of SH 288’s service road. The street is a straight-shot continuation of Binz but grabs the name of a parallel street on this side of the highway. (Binz re-appears a block south of it.) Prior to this custom project near Live Oak St., the property sold in 2010, for $77,500. Most of the street retains its 1930’s vintage residential housing. Across the street, however, there’s a contemporary 3-unit, 3-story townhome grouping built in 2003.
- 2507 Calumet St. [HAR]