- 311 Rainier Dr. [HAR]
The house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright forÂ insuranceÂ company exec William Thaxton is back on the market again as of Friday,Â now listed at justÂ $2.795 million.Â Wright designed the triangle-and-diamond-themedÂ home with no air-conditioning system in 1954, though Thaxton and the builder eventually snuck some ducts into the red concrete floor; the mid-century space laterÂ got aÂ classically-inspired makeover and circled the market drain toward lot-value sale and presumed teardown. But an early 1990’s buyer saved the property from demolition and removed the pineapple-shaped finialsÂ — while adding a high-ceilinged, right-angled extension which enclosed the almost-a-parallelogram pool in more of a central courtyard. (That extension contains a living room, lofted entertainment space, bedrooms, and a kitchen, meaning the occupant doesn’t have to spend time in the angularÂ Wright portion of the building if they don’t want to. )
The new listing (the latest in an on-again-off-again series of market stints that started in 2010 at $3.5 million) includes a fewÂ new angles on the property, which (as seen from above) sits alongside a channelized ditchÂ draining directly south fromÂ Memorial City Mall to Buffalo Bayou. The lights aroundÂ the front door and entrywayÂ are equilateral triangles:
The only assembly on this Lexington Green property appears to be of seating. ItÂ musters throughout the grounds of the updated 1972 contemporary, which soldiers on in Memorial’s Bunker Hill Village.Â The spit-and-polished property’s relisting on Monday trimmed the asking price by $50K to $1.575 million. A previous listing spent a month on the market at $1.625 million. A pool, landscaping, and outdoor venues help populate the lot, which occupies nearly half an acre near the cul-de-sac end of a street off Memorial Drive where it makes a sharp turn north, a bit east of Gessner Rd.
What’s next for the modestly proportioned Â home in Bunker Hill Village thatÂ Frank Lloyd Wright designed inÂ 1954 for insurance executive William Thaxton (top and middle photos) and the more recent, more commodious addition (above) of 1995 by Bob Inaba of Kirksey Architecture? The pedigreed and restored property, on a cul-de-sac off Strey Ln., which peels off Memorial Dr. east of Gessner, landed on the market Monday with a $3.195 million asking price. That’s a bit less than the $3.5 million sought in 2010 when owner Allen Gaw previously tried to move onÂ — but a little more than the $2.9 million that earlier listing shrunk to after a year of no takers.
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The hip roof on this 1958 modern home in Knippwood is only 7 years old, but whether it had a different shape originally isn’t clear from the outside photos — they stand back from the building on its 17,120-sq.-ft. lot. There’s no seller disclosure available, and the place is being sold “as is.” What will you find inside?
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.