11/09/18 12:00pm

Today’s Sponsor of the Day is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for 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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10/30/18 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is brought to you by Unit 3B in the 15-story condominium tower at 2200 Willowick Rd., offered for sale by Michael Good Properties. Thanks for supporting this site!

The Willowick is the well-balconied midcentury tower designed by architects Neuhaus & Taylor (and developed by Gerald Hines) that sits just south of San Felipe at the far end of the superblock that also contains a good chunk of the Highland Village Shopping Center. It was renovated in 2016. Motorized window shades are set up along the shaded floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall of this unit, which fronts its own 36-ft. wide south-facing section of balcony. In view, and close by: The River Oaks Baptist Church and School, Central Market, and Greenway Plaza.

Interior designer Dennis McNabb renovated this 1-bedroom, 1-bath unit to serve as his own residence. A dark oak parquet covers the floors of the main living areas; absolute black granite finishes are found throughout the redone kitchen and bath. You’ll find plenty of task and art-specific lighting in the interior. A unique feature of this 1,025-sq.-ft. condo: the 8′-6″-by-8′-6″ custom storage room lined with built-in closets, drawers, and shelving. (There’s also a separate storage closet in the building’s basement.) The Willowick includes an exercise room, a pool and spa, a barbecue pavilion, and 3 rooms available to guests.

To see more photos of this home, check out the property website, which also includes this PDF floor plan. For further information or to arrange a tour, contact Michael Good of Michael Good Properties. (Contact details are available on his HAR webpage.)

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Sponsor of the Day
10/29/18 12:00pm

Today’s Sponsor of the Day is Dead Indian Wars, the sequel to Clark Casey’s breakout paranormal western novel Dawn in Damnation.

The up-and-coming neighborhood of Damnation, located somewhere in the afterlife just short of Hell, has been left in shambles after a werewolf attack. A growing population of recently deceased Native Americans, displaced by wars back on Earth, have been swooping up undervalued property on the plains outside of town. Business is booming downtown where a new saloon caters to crowds of dead soldiers looking for their own fixer-uppers to call home. Alas, a food shortage at local eateries and the arrival of a second vampire might be enough to burst this housing bubble once and for all.

All just in time for Halloween! Dead Indian Wars and Dawn in Damnation are both available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

Sponsor of the Day
10/26/18 12:00pm

Swamplot is brought to you today 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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Sponsor of the Day
10/25/18 12:00pm

Preservation Houston’s fifth annual Good Brick Tour is our Sponsor of the Day — and just in time: The tour is this Saturday and Sunday (and today’s your last chance to buy tickets online for the special advance rate). Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

During the 2018 Good Brick Tour, you’ll get an inside look at 5 historic homes and buildings that have received Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. These privately owned historic properties will be open for guided tours this weekend only from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

The homes and buildings on the 2018 Good Brick Tour include classic Victorian designs, bungalows from the 1920s, and an impressive midcentury home. The 5 locations — open this weekend only — are:

Today, Thursday, October 25, is the last day to purchase tickets online for the special advance rate of $25 per person. After today, tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location on both days of the tour. Tickets are valid on both Saturday and Sunday and provide 1 admission to each location on the tour.

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day program is a great way to let people know about exciting local events!

Sponsor of the Day
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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Sponsor of the Day
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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Sponsor of the Day
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.

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Sponsor of the Day
10/10/18 12:00pm

Please join us in thanking today’s Sponsor of the Day: The Classic. The Classic is the new restaurant at 5922 Washington Ave, at the edge of Rice Military. Swamplot appreciates the support!

An unabashedly American restaurant, The Classic has something for everyone. This fresh American bistro is perched just east of Memorial Park. And it’s brought to you by Benjy Levit — the restaurateur behind Local Foods and Benjy’s.

The Classic is a no-rush, no-fuss neighborhood spot that pivots neatly from brunch to date-night cachet. Enjoy The Classic’s wide-ranging all-day menu — featuring subtle flavors and techniques that have traveled here across oceans and generations. In the light-filled interior you’ll find a touch of retro.

Check out The Classic’s menu and hours, reviews, pics of its interior and dishes, or make reservations on the restaurant website.

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Sponsor of the Day
10/09/18 12:00pm

Preservation Houston’s 2018 Good Brick Tour is coming up at the end of October. And it’s our sponsor today. Thank you for supporting Swamplot!

Before its new owner took action, the classic Sixth Ward Victorian pictured above was on the verge of collapse. Rehabilitating the property included recreating lost design elements and restoring the historic floor plan. Beautiful 19th-century woodwork survives throughout the home; even the original Prussian Blue wall tint is still visible — an appropriate choice of color for the immigrant German carpenter who built this house.

2219 Lubbock 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 — 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:

  • 67 Tiel Way, River Oaks: Prominent architects MacKie & Kamrath took their inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright when creating this classic mid-century residence (1949).
  • 3702 Audubon Pl., Montrose: This distinctive Craftsman-style home (1921) reflects the eclectic ideas of its colorful builder.
  • 934 Louise St., Sunset Heights: A traditional bungalow (1921) has been updated for modern living with its historic character is intact.
  • Heights Textile Mill, 611 W. 22nd St., Houston Heights: A visionary renovation has repurposed this sprawling Victorian landmark (1894) as studios and offices.

Know of an important upcoming event that deserves attention? Let readers know about it through Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day program!

Sponsor of the Day
10/05/18 12:00pm

Today’s Sponsor of the Day is The Classic — the new restaurant at 5922 Washington Ave, at the edge of Rice Military. Thanks for supporting this site!

Enjoy The Classic’s wide-ranging all-day menu — featuring subtle flavors and techniques that have traveled here across oceans and generations. An unabashedly American restaurant, The Classic has something for everyone.

This fresh American bistro perched just east of Memorial Park is brought to you by Benjy Levit — the restaurateur behind Local Foods and Benjy’s. A no-rush, no-fuss neighborhood spot, The Classic pivots neatly from brunch to date-night cachet. You’ll find a touch of retro inside the light-filled interior.

Check out The Classic’s menu and hours, reviews, pics of its interior and dishes, or make reservations on the restaurant website.

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Sponsor of the Day
10/04/18 12:00pm

Today at Swamplot is brought to you by the first-time-on-the-market home at 1111 Guinea Dr. in Hilshire Village. Thanks for supporting this site!

Former Hilshire Village mayor Thomas McKittrick, a Rice-trained architect who taught at Texas A&M for many years, designed and lived in this single-story home with his family. With floor-to-ceiling glass, brick wing walls that extend from interior to exterior, and 4 separate patios parked outside its main living spaces, the home serves up basic lessons in how indoors and outdoors can connect.

Adding to the effect: the still-intact terrazzo floors — and a set of sliding partitions that allow the dining room to be open to the living room, separated from it, or (as pictured at top) something in-between.

Though much remains as it was, a few changes have been made to this property over the years: Paint colors in the eat-in kitchen (above) are now a bit muted from the original “butter” and “bittersweet” featured in photos of the room that appeared in a 1965 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine; also, the blender base originally built into the countertop next to the sink is out and a Gaggenau double oven and a Thermador cooktop are in. But 3 separate sets of folding doors on one side of the room still hide a desk space, a pantry, and a laundry area. Nearby, the removal of the wall that once separated the 2 secondary bedrooms has created a second master. In the 1970s, McKittrick added a separate 2-story guest house on the 15,700-sq.-ft. lot, which he used as a studio and darkroom.

Many more aspects of this property are available to appreciate in photos posted on the property website. Or arrange for a tour! The home is offered for sale by Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

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Sponsor of the Day
09/28/18 12:00pm

Our sponsor today: Houston’s own Central Bank. Swamplot appreciates 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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