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For Sale: Karl Kamrath's Ballantyne Residence - Houston, TX

 
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pgharchfan



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:49 pm    Post subject: For Sale: Karl Kamrath's Ballantyne Residence - Houston, TX Reply with quote

Oilman George Mitchell was the source of several commissions for the MacKie and Kamrath office.

This 1961 house was for Mitchell's sister and her large family which included 7 children. The large family made for large bedrooms, a large family space and a large kitchen.

The sellers are the original owners, so many of the original finishes are intact.

The house is adjacent to Kamrath's own house and several other Kamrath designs (one recently demolished) on Tiel Way.

The large lot size and prime location make this house vulnerable to demolition by someone seeking to replace it with a row of several McMansions.

http://www.har.com/2-tiel-way/sale_55948390

Kamrath maintained a steady friendship with the Wrights.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful. The master bath open to the bedroom is decades ahead of its time. The suggestions of "expansion" are disquieting -- and unnecessary ?

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's like a trip back to a time of sanity. MCM was an all-too-brief era of fine design with a sense of proper scale that gave way to the age of gaudy, cheap grandeur. I hope this fine house finds a buyer willing to accept what is already there. But at that price, it's more likely to end up in the hands of someone more comfortable in a 17th century French chateau. Money is the root of all bad taste.
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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The creation of a sculpted CMU wall by simply rotating standard block shapes and carrying that idea out into the site via the low wall is great. This house wants or needs nothing...some in Texas need to learn that bigger is not necessarily better.
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peterm



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a wonderful house. I do agree that for the most part, it wants and needs nothing, with the exception of some of the flooring, backsplashes, and countertops. Could that hacienda style tile be original?

The wood deck with the built in benches is one of many inviting touches...
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pgharchfan



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peterm wrote:
This is a wonderful house. I do agree that for the most part, it wants and needs nothing, with the exception of some of the flooring, backsplashes, and countertops. Could that hacienda style tile be original?

The wood deck with the built in benches is one of many inviting touches...


No the tile is a slight remodel. The formica counters were probably quite worn by then with a family that large.
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