Arthur Moss’s 1950 Penguin Arms Apartments at 2902 Revere St. behind the Kirby Dr. Whole Foods is now on the market. Sadly, no pix showing the condition of the interior are included with the listing, though the agent’s reference to “lots of deferred maintenance” — along with the comments of a former tenant — should provide a clue. What gives this unique building its Googie cred? Well, a photo of it was included in the original 1952 House and Home magazine article that gave the style its name (amidst complaints about its “orgiastic” and “organic” features, of course). Penguin Arms “looks like something that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for George Jetson,” Chron columnist Lisa Gray declared a few years ago. These days, that’s considered a compliment.
The 2-story, 6-unit building with those canted and bulging single-pane-glass corners measures 6,318 sq.-ft., according to the taxing authorities. The corner Upper Kirby lot, which will no doubt be attractive to certain members of Houston’s notable crowd of Modern bounty hunters, measures 8,178 sq. ft. The building hit the MLS yesterday with an asking price of $710,000.
- 2902 Revere St. [HAR]
- Penguin Arms Apartments [Houston Mod]
- Gray: Anything-goes architecture (the good kind) [Houston Chronicle]
Second-to-last photo: Ben Hill