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A Rare 1960 International-Style Home from an Astrodome Architect

So much glass.

By Melissa Dalton January 19, 2023

Photo by Hannah Neville, Owner and Operator, Turnkey Visuals, LLC.

This eye-catching house has been turning heads since it was built in 1960. Located in the Briar Hollow neighborhood, which back then boasted a fair amount of high-end modern homes, this one was originally commissioned by John B. Carter, Jr., who opened the Houston office of Lehman Brothers in 1959. To design his new home, Carter hired architect Ralph Anderson, a partner at Wilson, Morris, Crain, and Anderson, a firm that was gaining acclaim for their work on the much-anticipated Houston Astrodome. When it was finished, the “Carter Home” received similarly high reviews, and was profiled in publications like the Houston Post and House & Garden. 

With its flat roof, crisp rectilinear façade, and complete lack of exterior ornament, “Carter Home” speaks to the International-style throughout. Of course, its seen some updates since then; notably, a 2002 remodel by architect Michael T. Landrum, who simplified the entry and incorporated an exterior deck into the main home to become a sunroom, giving the once symmetrical 7-bay façade an additional, smaller 8th bay, and a charming asymmetrical flair.

Photo by Hannah Neville, Owner and Operator, Turnkey Visuals, LLC.

Inside the metal-framed, sand-blasted glass front doors, you’ll find a grand entry with a double-set of split stairs. Upstairs, the focus is on the band of dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that span the entire length of the rear wall, from the combined kitchen/dining room, through the expansive living room, to the storage-wrapped office on the other end. (Each zone can be conveniently closed off with extra-tall double doors that meet the window heights—a nice study in matching proportions.)

Photo by Hannah Neville, Owner and Operator, Turnkey Visuals, LLC.

In keeping with the modern spirit of the house, most of the finishes are streamlined and subtle, like the simple white cabinetry in the kitchen and office, so the vibe remains airy and unbothered.

Photo by Hannah Neville, Owner and Operator, Turnkey Visuals, LLC.

Two of the bedrooms, including the primary suite, are on the main level, while the other two bedrooms are downstairs with a shared bathroom between them. The bedrooms are joined by a large game room and laundry room. Interestingly, each of these four rooms (not including the bathroom) have the same floor-to-ceiling glass as upstairs, as well as glass doors that lead out to a wood-slatted exterior corridor which feeds to the pool. Thanks to its gridded paver patio, the rectilinear forms persevere here, ensuring the home stays true to itself from front to back.

Photo by Hannah Neville, Owner and Operator, Turnkey Visuals, LLC.

Listing Fast Facts:

Address: 62 Briar Hollow Lane, Houston, TX 77027

Size:  4,493 square feet/4 bedroom/3.5 bath

List Date: 10/6/2022  

List Price: $1,699,900

Listing Agent: Rene Sorola, Keller Williams Metropolitan

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