J. Gilbert Philen House, Brownsville, 1951, Page, Southerland & Page Shelby Longoria-Theriot House, Matamoros, 1950, Ellis F. Albaugh & Associates

For those for whom John York’s designs were too far out, the Contemporary California ranch house offered an alternative. The Brownsville customs broker J. Gilbert Philen commissioned the Austin architects Page, Southerland & Page to design a sprawling one-story limestone and mahogany-faced house for his family in 1951 on a small estate in Río Viejo, the Brownsville counterpart of Laurel Park.

The Matamoros banker, cotton merchant, and entrepreneur Shelby Longoria-Theriot had the Brownsville architect Ellis F. Albaugh design an equally sprawling American-type ranch house in Colonia Jardín in Matamoros in 1950. Photo below.

J. Gilbert Philen House, Brownsville, 1951, Page, Southerland & Page2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and text by Stephen Fox

 

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