The craggy terrain backing Buffalo Bayou in River Oaks near the neighborhood’s decorative gates at Shepherd Dr. sprouted several Usonian-design inspired homes by the architecture firm of MacKie & Kamrath back in the fifties. One of the modernist properties that still remains on the Tiel Way loop landed on the market Monday — and it’s in near original shape, right down to the redwood siding and built-in furnishings. A 1957 structure noted in architectural circles for its angles, wedges, cantilevered terraces, and detail-layered ceilings, the bayou-view home on a ravine lot now bears a $2.5 million price tag.
The street dips and twists past the home’s driveway, which curves slightly into a 2-car garage tucked into one end of the horizon-hugging design (and pictured at the top of this story). Meanwhile, a walkway channeled between low-rise garden walls (above) directs pedestrian flow to the walkway beneath a low-slung roof.
Kamrath’s designs appear to have been influenced by his time visiting Taliesin and his friendship with Frank Lloyd Wright.
Kitchen appliances are a decidedly non-original stainless steel — but what about the sink and countertops?
The far end of the kitchen (above) is fitted as an office:
Two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2 half baths are part of the 3,988-sq.-ft. floor plan. Here’s the master suite, which features a cork floor:
Sections of an expansive deck step down toward the treeline.
Benches (and decorative pots) secure some portions of the deck perimeter:
The lot, 36,680 sq. ft., slopes steeply toward the bayou:
Among the commercial projects around town attributed to Kamrath (in various design partnerships) are Temple Emanu-El, the church of St. John the Divine, Memorial Dr. Presbyterian Church, the University of Texas School of Public Health Building, and the Humble Oil (later ExxonMobil) building on Buffalo Speedway.