For sale: William Thaxton House - Houston, TX

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DavidC
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For sale: William Thaxton House - Houston, TX

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This property makes the case for how the design of a Wright house, in particular, a Usonian house, is informed by and responds to its surrounding garden and nature. The connection has been lost by the later adjacent addition. It lost its mojo.

But who in their right mind would buy this property at that price, and then tear down the gargantuan addition?

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A billionaire with taste and an understanding of needs vs. wants....or a middle aged NJ architect and Wright homeowner if he won an extremely large PowerBall pot.

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It would be easier to buy the whole thing, move the original house to a new lot and add something appropriate to the large wing to finish it off. It is not all that bad on its own. That would be the only way to save Thaxton.

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Is it for sale again? I looks completely unlived in, even by architectural photography standards.

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Heh---yes. I usually prefer spaces emptied of (non-Wright) furnishings in photos, but here we see acres of glossy red concrete, with buit-ins diminished on the periphery.

What would one suggest: staging with appropriate furniture, lamps, perhaps a rug, etc ? Previous photos of the house suffered likewise; perhaps these are the same photographs we saw last time the house was offered for sale ?

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The Thaxton house is referred to---complete with "Japanese-influenced" encircling addition---in this 2006 thread:

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... it=thaxton

And again in 2010: http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... f=2&t=4899

2011: http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... f=2&t=5453

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flickr photos linked by Tom, in 2011:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuhf/5593 ... /lightbox/
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This house has been for sale for more than a decade. I have to believe it is not selling because a buyer does not want to pay the asking price. I'd imagine it is attractive to those who like modern design or a well landscaped courtyard in a suburban setting.
On looking at the addition over the last 15 years, I've come to accept it. It isn't what I'd design necessarily, or what I'd personally want, but it does serve the purpose of providing the 6000SF of space and present day amenities a wealthy buyer in Texas might want in a house. The addition might be what keeps this house from being a teardown in a teardown prone part of the country that has little in the way of historic preservation protectives for anything other than "Frontier" or Texas centric places.
Other than a what appears to be a painted interior floor slab, a dearth of furniture, and a loss of a distant view (if there ever was one), the original house seems to be in very good shape.

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Has anyone seen a photo of the original without the white walls, or has it always been white? Other than that, it is a splendid house. The addition is bad only insofar as its proximity to the original; in itself, as McMansions go, it is quite handsome, if a bit cold.

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The photo set linked just above shows the exterior, at least, in an agreeable tan (or is that ecru---or "wheat" ?) not unlike what I remember as the original exterior color of the Guggenheim. Was the interior of the museum ever painted to match ? Would that color work in the Thaxton interiors ?

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