It's hard to sum up the impact architect John Staub has had in shaping the face of Houston we know and love today. In this on going series, I will share Staub's legacy one work at a time.
From, Rice University Professor and architectural historian, Stephen Fox:
In the early 1920s, architect John F. Staub, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, who had studied at MIT and worked in New York, came to the burgeoning city of Houston as an assistant to nationally prominent architect Harrie T. Lindeberg. Staub was charged with administering construction of three houses designed by Lindeberg for members of the city’s rapidly emerging elite. He would go on to establish one of the most influential architectural practices in Houston, where he would remain until his death in 1981.
Over four decades, Staub designed grand houses in such communities as Shadyside, Broadacres, and, perhaps most notably, River Oaks. His clients included the Hoggs, for whom he created Bayou Bend; the Mastersons, his clients for Rienzi; and members of the Wiess, Cullen, Farish, Welder, Fay, and Elkins families. Although Staub also completed commissions for clients elsewhere in Texas and the United States, it was primarily in Houston that his work and influence took root.
This stately Shadyside mansion, built in 1939, was designed for A.J. Wray and wife Margaret, daughter of J.S. Cullinan — founder of the company that became Texaco. Fox describes the style as Regency inspired. Fox goes on to discuss it's important pivot-point entry bay, as seen in the back yard image and exaggerated in the pool's reflection.