Before she moved on to greater fame in Arkansas — and designed a home featured in Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big House book series — architect Sharon Tyler Hoover built this Rather Big House for herself in West U. She was known as Sharon Tyler then. This Ranch Romanesque entry fronts 4,792 sq.-ft. of space on a 11,250-sq.-ft. hunk of land: 3 or 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms decked with floor-to-ceiling tile, a library with blueprint-friendly storage, and a black-and-white checkerboard living area where she planned out her next career moves.
The kitchen boasts 2 separate cooking areas with a pair of sinks, and both gas and electric cooktops.
Plus, there’s a backyard pool. And a wine cellar, in a groundbreaking West University basement.
Hoover finished this house on Plumb St., about a block west of Buffalo Speedway, just 4 years after receiving her professional degree, in 1985. It entered the market 9 days ago with a sticker price of $1,495,000. Other contributions of hers to the Houston landscape before she left town: the 59 Diners on the Katy Fwy. (since demolished) and across the Tomball Pkwy. from the Willowbrook Mall. In Fayetteville, she was the environmental designer and project architect for Arkansas’s first LEED-certified building, the University of Arkansas Innovation Center.
A sixth-generation Houstonian and graduate of the architecture school at UH, Hoover died in August 2007 with her second husband, her stepson, and his wife, in an automobile accident on their way to a vacation near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.