Architecturally Significant

During a recent search for midcentury modern architecture in the Rio Grande Valley, I stumbled upon this article by Isaac Garcia about the annual architectural tour of midcentury modern homes and buildings of the region. The article was published in the Valley Morning Star on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

It is a good article which talks about several homes in the Laurel Park neighborhood, and about the then newly renovated Reese building owned by Joe Rae Wagner.




By ISAAC GARCIA/Valley Morning Star

HARLINGEN — Open spaces, cool colors, structural steel columns and huge expanses of glass were in high praise Saturday afternoon as a group of architects toured some of Harlingen’s most architecturally significant homes.

The tour highlighted homes built by John York and Alan Taniguchi from 1949 to 1953 in a style known as mid-20th century modernism.

The tour, made up of members from the Texas Society of Architects and guided by architectural historian Stephen Fox, started in Brownsville Saturday morning and arrived in Harlingen at noon.

The first stop here was the Wilson R. Palmer House, 1910 South Parkwood St. A York house built in 1950, the house was the subject of praise and marvel as homeowners Nydia Tapia-Gonzales and Lupe Gonzales opened their doors to the group of architects.

Nestled along the Arroyo Colorado, the home boasts a scenic view as large windows seem to open and connect to the outdoor space.

Tapia-Gonzales told the architects that the home was a labor of love, and she added that she and her husband have gone to great lengths to keep the house as original as possible.

Distinct to modernism, the Palmer House retains features such as the flat roof, metal beams and open spaces, which are more loft-like, Fox said.  Continue reading the entire article.

Featured photograph was taken by Jesse Mendoza of the Valley Morning Star

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