Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast [Paperback]

Our Price $ 13.96  
Retail Value $ 19.95  
You Save $ 5.99  (30%)  
Item Number 245233  
Buy New $13.96
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Item description for Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast by Jim Parsons, David Bush & Madeleine McDermott Hamm...

When it comes to art deco, Houston is rarely cited in the same breath as Miami, New York, or Los Angeles, but this Texas city boasts many gorgeous examples of this early 20th-century style, some of which are in jeopardy of being forever altered or demolished. In the 1920s, as Houston was beginning its transition from medium-sized Southern city to major American metropolis, local business and civic leaders made a conscious decision to create a new image for their community. As the Roaring Twenties gave way to the Great Depression, Art Deco zigzags and Art Moderne streamlining reshaped the city's stores, skyscrapers, factories, and apartment buildings. More than 100 color photographs showcase the fine detailing on Houston's surviving Art Deco and Art Moderne structures. From downtown landmarks to east end industrial sites, this lavish guide captures the grace and beauty of these innovative designs with an eye towards the importance of conservation, restoration, and preservation.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2007
Publisher   Bright Sky Press
ISBN  1933979070  
ISBN13  9781933979076  

Availability  0 units.

More About Jim Parsons, David Bush & Madeleine McDermott Hamm

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Parsons is a freelance writer, an editor, and a photographer. David Bush is the Director of Programs and Information for the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Madeleine McDermott Hamm is a former home design editor for the "Houston Chronicle," a board member of the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, and the co-author of "I Hate Red, You're Fired!" and "A Moment of Luxury: Discovering the Beauty Around You," They all live in Houston, Texas.

Jim Parsons was born in 1948.

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Interior Design > Decoration & Ornament
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Urban Planning & Development
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
4Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > International > United States (Southern)
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Reference
6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Urban & Land Use Planning
7Books > Subjects > Travel > United States > Regions > South > West South Central
8Books > Subjects > Travel > United States > States > Texas > General
9Books > Subjects > Travel > United States > States > Texas > Houston

Reviews - What do customers think about Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast?

Honestly, I have never thought of houston as having great art deco architecture..NYC, Miami, Chicago of course, but not Houston, and after reading this book, im still not sure. Houston really never went all the way with Deco, I mean the City Hall is a decent example, and so is Jesse Jones' Gulf Building, by far Houston's best example of Art Deco, which unfortunity had its great interiors altered, but really compare it to the Art Deco masterpiece, Buffalo City Hall, or NYC's Rockefeller Center, they dont evern remotely compare, having said that, this is a very good book, it's well researched, with vivid visuals, it's just a shame Houston is not more worthy a subject for a study on great art deco architecture. Houston is a bastion of Modern architecture, it has an embarassment of treasures in that reguard, but unfortunity in this architectural category is woefully bereft, all the more remarkable that this is such a good book.
Southlands Moderne  Mar 2, 2008
The National Trust Guide to Art Deco in America (ISBN 0471143863) lists eight buildings in Houston, all are obviously in this book with another ninety or so but look through the photos and it becomes clear that many of them are living on borrowed time unless the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance can save them.

The authors (they took the photos, too) have done a great job in capturing the essence of probably every Deco/Moderne building in Houston. There are a few interiors but mostly they are exteriors and some close-ups of detail. Divided into commercial, theaters, institutional, residential and industrial sections. Each section has at least one gem, I loved the interior of the Alabama Theater which is now a bookshop but unfortunately it looks like it will be demolished soon. Page thirteen has a fascinating period postcard of an aerial view of the River Oaks Community Center designed in 1937, the buildings still stands but for how long?

The printing and design of the book are fine and the back includes a building index, a short bibliography and nicely an alphabetical index of architects. If you live in the city the book will be an excellent reminder of some good working architecture of past decades. For others, like me, it's a useful visual reference to a European design cleverly modified to an American style.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.

Write your own review about Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy