The Sleek Mod Tom Wilson Hid Behind a Southampton Street’s Mysterious Brick Bowfront



Over in Southampton, a brick ribbon wall (top) with curve toward the curb encases the front of a 1970 contemporary by architect Tom Wilson, who later consulted on the current owners’ subsequent renovations. Behind the barricade, the minimalist property centers around the contrasts between an open-plan living space and an even more open patio (above).



Another single-story brick wall — this one part of the home — stretches along the side yard walkway (above) to the recessed entry:


Once inside, the space really opens up. Living and dining areas share limestone flooring and a wall of full-height window pairs overlooking the patio on the east side:






The home, which measures 2,025 sq. ft., was designed with 2 master suites. The one at the front of the home has 2 private courtyards:



The hammock’s placement in the photo above answers the question asked by many a curious passer-by: What lies behind the brick wall’s bulbous furl?


Courtyard, 1814 Albans St., Southampton, Houston

Meanwhile, the master bathroom also has access to small pods of patio:




The other bedroom has been converted into a media room and den . . .


with direct access outside . . .


and the second full bathroom. There’s also a half-bath.




A brick wall — with artful arch — encases most of the 6,000-sq.-ft. lot:


The property is located 3 lots west of Ashby St. and 2 blocks south of Bissonnet. Homes on this block share a service alley at the back. As listed earlier this week, the property has a $1.169 million asking price.

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12 Comment

  • How did that glaringly white wall oven get in there?

  • Yes, very familiar with this house. It’s not everyone’s taste and I know more than few in the hood’ that want it dozed, but I actually have grown to sorta like it, granted I’d never buy a house like this, but it’s certainly interesting. Southampton has more then a few more modern interesting houses, like Michael Copper’s former Enron financed abode. It will certainly take a unique buyer to pay a million plus for this brick fortress, but it’s such a hot market I’m sure it won’t stay on the market long, it may end up a tear down and many will cheer.

  • Actually the Copper house I remember was at the corner of Ella Lee and Dickey Place.. unless he also had a Southampton home.

  • I love this. When I first saw the posting, I thought it was the house on the corner of Dunstan and Kent, across from Fleming Park. Perhaps it’s the same architect?

  • I am guessing the monochromatic gray paint job came later? I would have expected more color for that era. Maybe a supergraphic or two?

  • Exquisite!!!! good taste and well executed…nicely furnished..a credit to that hood..I used to live on Albans right off Shepherd in a house that Johnson the architect build …very sweet miss it….

  • I love this house, modern and retro! Minus the kitchen, it’s pretty awesome.

  • Mmmm, calm, cool and collected.
    Reminds me of a top-notch oral surgeon’s office, but, I like it.
    Do NOT like the ubiquitous, emo, storm’s a-brewin’ photo-shop effects.

  • @Michael—you’re right;)

  • I find this house, inside and out, to be very chic but I too am wondering how that white oven got into the kitchen.

  • Maybe that white oven really worked well, and the previous owner wanted to keep it thru the last remodel. Though it won’t help sell a $1M plus home, it is too bad when so much ends-up in landfill while still perfectly functional.

  • $1.169 mil… I’m thinking a new oven ain’t gonna be that big a stretch for whoever buys this.