I was surprised to see a thoughtful visual essay by architectural historian and Rice Prof, Stephen Fox, whom I reference regularly here, in the most recent issue of Paper City Magazine. Koush's Minella House is a beautiful example of post war concrete construction during a period of supply shortages at a time when standardized materials, like standard wood framing, were unavailable. From the foundation, to the walls, to the roof – it's all concrete. 

"Thanks to Koush’s discreet interventions, his Century Built Home has embarked on its second century of usefulness as a modern house. It was one of the earliest houses built in the Simms Wood subdivision, which had been partitioned from the estate of oilman E. F. Simms on South Wayside Drive, near the intersection of S. Wayside and Lawndale Avenue. It was also one of the neighborhood’s “Italian houses,” so called because Simms Wood and the adjoining Houston Country Club Place subdivisions were an enclave of Houston Italian-American and Italian–immigrant families.

In retrieving his Century Built Home, Koush has not only rescued and rejuvenated a mid-century modern survivor, but he has helped his neighborhood understand its place in history: the history of design as well as the social history of postwar Houston."  -Dr. Fox

Houston is a dynamic, evolving city with a rich cultural history that is hardwired in the many neighborhoods of the people who shaped it. There are many more treasures to be found.

Read the full essay here