The Echo Hotel and a Can’t-Miss Event in Houston

I had a wonderful visit with Echo Hotel Manager Joe Nunez who shared with me the meaning of the hotel’s name. It turns out it is an acronym that stands for Edinburg Community Hotel Organization due to the fact that it was built with Edinburg’s citizens contributions who received hotel shares in return. Some of these shares are neatly displayed inside a glass cabinet in the hotel lobby.

I never gave the name a thought; I related it to the word “eco” never questioning the spelling! Oh well, it is a great midcentury modern building, and Joe agreed to hook me up with the hotel owner for an interview for RGVMOD.  Not only do I really love the hotel, but the food they serve is even better. I highly recommend it for locals and visitors alike.

RGVMOD’s mission is to inspire the renaissance of the valley’s MCM heritage, and how it can become an incredible tourism asset.  Just today, I am searching for a hotel in Palm Springs, California, and I am amazed at what hotels like the ECHO are charging for an overnight stay because Palm Springs has capitalized on its MCM heritage in a fantastic way. I am going to be there for a family wedding, but will stay a few extra days to learn more about their modernist-targeted marketing, and hopefully meet with some folks from their visitor’s bureau. Visit their website  and see photos of their hotels- similar to some of the valley’s hotels who are being snubbed, if not already demolished- and check out their rates.  Modernism has never been hipper!


For those Rio Grande Valley midcentury modern home/building owners, or just passionate about this historic hip style, plan to attend the DOCOMOMO US National Symposium 2014: Modernism in Texas hosted for the second year by Houston Mod.

Early registration is now available for what will be a lively and surprising context for the examination of modernism’s legacy, and consideration of its future, in Houston and in Texas. We are pleased to announce the main symposium events and presentation will take place at the University of St. Thomas, which was designed by Philip Johnson in 1958. Additional information, including tours and presentations, is forthcoming. Docomomo US hopes you will join us to share knowledge, experience, and advance preservation of modern architecture intellectually and professionally. Quote from their website.

Lecturer in Architecture and Brownsville native Stephen Fox will present a lecture on the Architecture of the Texas-Mexican Border. We hope a good contingency from the RGV will attend this event. All of the registration and lodging details can be found on their website.

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