Stainless fittings in the kitchen and steely paint can’t entirely conceal the hand of prolific Houston society architect John Staub, who designed this 1935 Regency-style home in Riverside Terrace. When the property popped up in the listings at the end of February, it did so with a $895,000 asking price — considerably lower than what a Staub home might fetch elsewhere in the city. During renovations back in 2006, which replaced the HVAC, electric system, plumbing, and gas lines, and made a few alterations to the structure and finishes, the attic proved to be a real treasure trove:
That’s where an early watercolor of the property surfaced (above). It depicts the original home without a second balcony on the east side (on the left in the antiqued sketch). Current finishes in the home appear to have taken a color cue from that item:
A period stove appears to have found new life as an unexpected buffet in the dining room:
The kitchen doubles up on the ovens, which stand side-by-side and share a vent hood. In addition to the main sink with yard view, there’s a prep sink beyond the brick columns:
Rooms off the living room include a paneled study . . .
and a sun porch, which with all its fitness equipment looks like a fun porch:
The 3 bedrooms are upstairs. One of the 4,288-sq.-ft. home’s 3 fireplaces is in the master bedroom:
In its totally revamped bathroom with 2-seater walk-in shower, drying off is out in the open, particularly when the glass-paned garage-style overhead door gets rolling:
The adjacent porch looks east (above), north toward the bayou across the street . . .
Renovations also added an unfinished room over the 2-car detached garage, accessed by side street Bowling Green:
The home’s setback is deep on its north-facing 38,412-sq.-ft. lot located on a street fronting Brays Bayou and its trail. A Rice Design Alliance 1987 annotated map of Riverside’s mansions called Staub’s take on this home a bit stiff in comparison to his other “customarily dexterous relation of massing and siting.” You decide.
- 3302 S. MacGregor Way [HAR]