September 20, 2015
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Texas Chapter has announced the 2015 John Staub Award recipients. We are thrilled to count among the winners our Del Monte Courtyard Residence with an Honor Award for Residential Architecture under 5,000 square feet, and the recently completed St. John’s School Campus Center, with an Honor Award for Institutional Architecture.
The Del Monte Residence and Las Campanas both received Honorable Mentions for Residence over 5,000 square feet and Residence under 5,000 square feet, respectively.
Courtyard Residence on Del Monte view from northeast
Las Campanas outdoor oven and gardens
Del Monte Residence circle drive and planting
Flores Hall interior St. John’s School
The John Staub Awards promote excellence in the classical and vernacular traditions by recognizing both design and craftsmanship that contribute to these traditions in Texas and, in turn, build upon the legacy of John Staub.
August 10, 2015
On Friday, August 7, the Texas Masonry Council honored the best in Texas masonry design and construction in the Golden Trowel Awards ceremony in San Antonio. After being recognized by the Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston (AMCH) earlier this year, a recently completed project by Curtis & Windham took top honors in the residential category. Project manager Austin Wilson attended the event and accepted the award for Curtis & Windham.
The property, located on a Jack Nicklaus golf course nestled among the pines near Lake Livingston, includes a main residence, a lake house, and boat house. At once rustic and sophisticated, the structures blend into their woodland surroundings with natural material and muted colors. A preponderance of stone on the existing golf club structures and a nineteenth century precedent of rural architecture in East Texas suggested to us a design that combines both stone and shingle details in an expression of natural forms. The mason, W. W. Bartlett Inc. of Houston, used contemporary masonry techniques to express traditional tectonics. The limestone – “Del Rio Chop” from Texas, and “Chestnut” from Kansas – was articulated to render it as load bearing and visually anchors the house to the earth.
The Texas Masonry Council is a non-profit trade association comprised of masonry contractors and suppliers in the state of Texas working together to promote the expanded use and the benefits of masonry.
Del Rio Chop and Chestnut Limestone Chimney by Curtis & Windham
Del Rio Chop and Chestnut Limestone facade by Curtis & Windham
April 24, 2015
We are proud to announce Curtis & Windham’s second consecutive Palladio Award for Longwood Farm, recognized in the category of new construction over 5,000 square feet.
At Longwood Farm, we sought to create a weekend country house whose design reflects regional architecture with a decidedly English influence. Set on the rolling prairie that preludes Texas Hill Country and guided by a traditional English model of living and entertaining on a rural estate, the natural features of this former equestrian property – meadow, forest, and creekbed – were edited to enhance and guide the views and experience throughout the property. The English model also informed the design and placement of the house in the landscape as both an object to be viewed from a distance and as a hilltop vantage point from which to look out into the landscape. In keeping with its Texas/English influences, the main body of the house is a tumbled local limestone with a thin coat of cement parging. By contrast, the side wings are rendered in clapboard siding in a nod to the vernacular Texas farmhouse. In a similar melding of cultures, neoclassical details in the Great Room give way to more simply constructed details in less formal rooms.
Longwood Farm front facade and grounds
Longwood Farm stairway
Longwood Farm entry and front courtyard
Longwood Farm back facade and setting
Longwood Farm living room
Architecture and landscape architecture are by Curtis & Windham. The general contractor and landscape contractors are longtime collaborators of Curtis & Windham: R.B. Ratcliff & Associates and Gibson’s Landscape Contractors, Inc, respectively. The interior design is by Ginger Barber Design.
The jury included Michael Imber, Michael Imber Architects; Ankie Barnes, Barnes Vanze Architects; Tom Kligerman, Ike Kligerman Barkley and Wayne Good, Good Architecture.
The Palladio Awards are the only national awards program honoring traditional design, and are produced by Clem Labine’s Period Homes magazine. The award will be presented July 21 in Princeton, New Jersey, during the Traditional Building Conference.
July 02, 2014
The Seaside Avenue Residence has received a Palladio Award for New Design & Construction – less that 5,000 sq. ft.
Located in the master-planned community of Seaside, Florida, the house is an expression of Victorian-esque curvilinear forms of 19th Century coastal architecture found across the Eastern Seaboard. The elliptical porch spanning two floors is the defining feature of the house. A stipulation for all the houses on the street, the porch became an opportunity to explore the idea of this space as an exterior room with its own unique expression.
Period Homes Magazine featured Seaside Avenue along with other Palladio Award winners in their July issue. Also known as “In Surf We Trust,” an article about the residence also appeared in the July issue of the Seaside Times and Vie Magazine.
Seaside Residence front facade
Seaside Residence porch
Seaside Residence facade view from courtyard
September 07, 2013
The landscape design and restored Pat Fleming garden of the South Boulevard Residence & Gardens have received a John Staub Award this year from the Texas Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
Starting with a porte cochere and kitchen addition in 1998 and followed by renovations to the main house and separate family living and entertaining wing addition completed in 2006, this house successfully couples pragmatic requirements of the clients with their love and respect for the scale and character of the original house. Devising a plan to enlarge the “life ” of the house by fully utilizing the site, the new program adds a separate L-shaped building containing an office, conservatory, guest suite, family room, and billiards room and a free-standing “summer house.” The resultant garden space gave the opportunity to fully integrate the old and new portions of the house without negatively affect the existing house, and in effect, the garden becomes the central room of the house.
A restored vintage parterre garden contemporary to the original house and originally designed by C.C. Pat Fleming, preserves the character and intent of this space while informing the design of the new landscape portions throughout the site.
South Boulevard Residence gardens
South Boulevard Residence summer house
South Boulevard Residence gardens
South Boulevard Residence patio
South Boulevard Residence grounds
South Boulevard Residence facade and gardens