10/24/18 12:00pm

This weekend’s Good Brick Tour from Preservation Houston is today’s sponsor. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

The strong horizontal lines of the house at 67 Tiel Way in River Oaks reflect the influence of the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright on Houston architects MacKie & Kamrath. Built on a rolling site near Buffalo Bayou, this landmark 1949 home has been sensitively renovated and updated while preserving its midcentury character.

67 Tiel Way and 4 more privately owned historic homes and buildings will be open for guided tours this weekend only — in the 2018 edition of the Good Brick Tour. Guided tours to all the properties will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

Preservation Houston has recognized all the properties on this tour with Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. In addition to 67 Tiel Way, the other Good Brick Tour locations this year are:

  • 2119 Lubbock St., Old Sixth Ward: The classic 1892 Victorian home built by an immigrant German carpenter has been preserved with its beautiful woodwork intact.
  • 3702 Audubon Pl., Montrose: This distinctive 1921 airplane bungalow has remained in the same family since it was built and features heirloom furniture and personal mementoes.
  • Heights Textile Mill, 611 West 22nd St., Houston Heights: Houston’s 19th-century industrial heritage is preserved in this massive 1894 factory creatively redeveloped with studios and offices.
  • 934 Louise St., Sunset Heights: This 1921 bungalow and its original garage apartment have been renovated for contemporary living while maintaining their original Craftsman style.

Purchase advance tickets for the 2018 Good Brick Tour online through this Thursday, October 25 for the special price of $25 per person. During the weekend, tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide 1 admission to each location on the tour.

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10/23/18 3:30pm

WRITE HEADLINES FOR SWAMPLOT! Swamplot’s longtime Headlines writer is moving on to body-copy opportunities elsewhere. So we’re on the hunt for a new freelancer to put together our regular morning roundups of Houston real-estate-related headlines. We’re looking for someone who can quickly comb through local coverage from a wide variety of sources, identify notable details, and reframe the gist of each link to meet Swamplot’s editorial standards and the demands of our discerning readers — then assemble it all into a neat package by early each weekday morning. This is an ideal gig for a smart and dependable writer who’s familiar with the lay of the land here and who’s looking for a little productive structure to kick off each day. You’ll need to be comfortable working independently, but also be available for collaboration with a small editorial team. (Please note: If you’re in the real estate biz, this would not be a good role for you.) To apply, just send us an email with “Headlines writer” in the subject line. Introduce yourself in a single paragraph and add another paragraph explaining why you’re interested in this work. Attach a resume and relevant writing samples if you’ve got them on hand (but they aren’t required). If we’re interested in what we see, we’ll follow up quickly.

10/22/18 12:00pm

Preservation Houston hosts its fifth annual Good Brick Tour at the end of the month. And it’s our sponsor today. Thank you for supporting Swamplot!

The clocktower of the former Oriental Textile Mill has been a recognizable landmark in the Heights for almost a century. The mill itself was built in 1894, when Houston Heights was still an independent city. Today, the sprawling factory has been imaginatively renovated as studios and offices — with much of its industrial character intact.

The Heights Textile Mill, at 611 W. 22nd St., is one of 5 award-winning historic homes and buildings that will be welcoming visitors in the 2018 edition of the Good Brick Tour. Guided tours to all the properties will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

Purchase advance tickets for the 2018 Good Brick Tour online for $25 per person through this Thursday, October 25. After that, prices will go up: Tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location during the weekend. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide 1 admission to each location on the tour.

Preservation Houston has recognized all the properties on this tour with Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. This year’s tour also features 4 award-winning historic homes:

  • 67 Tiel Way, River Oaks: The works of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright inspired this impressive 1949 home by Houston architects MacKie & Kamrath.
  • 3702 Audubon Pl., Montrose: The colorful builder of this landmark 1921 airplane bungalow wired his home with gadgets of his own invention.
  • 2119 Lubbock St., Old Sixth Ward: This charming 1892 Folk Victorian home has been restored to its original appearance with century-old woodwork and wall finishes intact.
  • 934 Louise St., Sunset Heights: This quaint 1921 bungalow and its original garage apartment reflect the quiet appeal of the Craftsman style.

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10/18/18 12:00pm

Preservation Houston’s annual Good Brick Tour is less than 2 weeks away. And it’s Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day today. Thanks for supporting this site!

The large Craftsman-style home shown above has been a Montrose landmark since 1921, when local builder Ewart Lightfoot created a family home with many unique features — including a massive fireplace made of stones collected from the Houston Ship Channel and colorfully decorated ceiling beams. The property has never left the Lightfoot family; the house, its furnishings, and its fixtures have been painstakingly restored. (The distinctive pink on the exterior is the home’s original color.)

This home, at 3702 Audubon Pl., along with 4 other award-winning historic homes and buildings dating from 1892 to 1949, will be welcoming visitors in the 2018 edition of the Good Brick Tour. Guided tours to all the properties will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

Purchase advance tickets for the 2018 Good Brick Tour online for $25 per person through Thursday, October 25. After that, prices will go up: Tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location during the weekend. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide 1 admission to each location on the tour.

Preservation Houston has recognized all the properties on this tour with Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. The other locations on this year’s tour are:

  • Heights Textile Mill, 611 W. 22nd St., Houston Heights: This sprawling 1894 factory has been redeveloped; it now provides unique commercial space, studios, and offices.
  • 67 Tiel Way, River Oaks: This expansive 1949 home is one of the last two surviving MacKie & Kamrath midcentury designs on this curving street along Buffalo Bayou.
  • 2119 Lubbock St., Old Sixth Ward: This classic Victorian home built in 1892 by an immigrant German carpenter was rescued from collapse by a caring new owner.
  • 934 Louise St., Sunset Heights: This comfortable 1921 bungalow, renovated for a new owner, retains the charm of its Craftsman style design.

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10/12/18 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is brought to you by Houston’s own Central Bank. We appreciate the continuing support!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; or Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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10/11/18 12:00pm

Preservation Houston’s 2018 Good Brick Tour is our sponsor again today — with more information about one of the locations on this year’s tour. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

The Sunset Heights bungalow pictured above remained largely unchanged from the time it was completed in 1921 until 2013 — when new owners began a comprehensive preservation project. The rehabilitation updated the house for modern living while preserving historic features, including the original front door lock and key, pine floors, and clawfoot tub. Heirloom furniture and original art distinguish this comfortable home.

This home at 934 Louise St. is one of 5 award-winning historic homes and buildings dating from 1892 to 1949 that will be welcoming visitors in the 2018 edition of the Good Brick Tour — with guided tours from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

Purchase advance tickets for the 2018 Good Brick Tour online for $25 per person through Thursday, October 25. After that, prices will go up: Tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location during the weekend. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide 1 admission to each location on the tour.

Preservation Houston has recognized all the properties on this tour with Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. The other locations on this year’s tour are:

  • Heights Textile Mill, 611 W. 22nd St., Houston Heights: Reminders of the building’s industrial past are preserved throughout this massive 1894 manufacturing facility, now repurposed as studios and offices.
  • 67 Tiel Way, River Oaks: Exposed brick, fine finishes, and strong horizontal lines distinguish this impressive 1949 home by Houston architects MacKie & Kamrath.
  • 2119 Lubbock St., Old Sixth Ward: This classic Victorian home built in 1892 by an immigrant German carpenter was rescued from collapse by a caring new owner.
  • 3702 Audubon Pl., Montrose: Craftsman-style detailing and unique interiors distinguish this distinctive 1921 home, which has remained in the same family since it was built.

Swamplot appreciates its sponsors! Find out here how to become one.

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