For sale by owner: One flat-roofed Memorial Mod, decaying in leafy solitude — it’s been uninhabited for the last several years. The home was commissioned in 1954 by Bernhardt O. Lemmel, who came to Houston to head the art department at the University of Houston, and his wife, who served as the general contractor. Designed by M. Bliss Alexander, the 2-bedroom home features all those midcentury greatest hits: clerestory windows, a multi-sided fireplace, terrazzo, and sliding doors facing its wooded lot.
Last Sunday, at Houston Mod’s “Mod of the Month” open house, visitors milled about the property at 663 Strey Ln. bemoaning the state of the house, which is in “original condition” (though presumably original condition didn’t include significant water damage to the ceiling). Claire Lemmel, who inherited the property from her parents, is selling the home and some of its midcentury contents. There’s no official asking price, but she says she expects it to sell for around lot value — in the range of $800,000 to $1,000,000. Visitors to the house on Sunday submitted bids for some of the furnishings on display on a sheet of paper; Lemmel says she’s still accepting bids for those items.
The house sits at the end of a narrow Memorial street, a block from Bunker Hill Elementary, on a large, overgrown lot that’s “just begging for something Tuscan,” one of the visitors joked.
- Lemmel Residence [Houston Mod]
Photos: Jenny Staff Johnson