A Tudor Revival in the Rice/Museum District
It’s not often that a house designed by two local architects comes on the market, especially when those architects are working so many decades apart. But that’s the case with this serene Tudor Revival home in the Rice/Museum District, which retains so much of its original charm—curved doors, leaded glass windows, and all the pretty brick—with well-crafted modern updates.
The home was originally designed by Samuel H. Dixon, Jr, and built in 1935. Dixon was an architect who collaborated with a number of contemporaries over his career (the most well-known of those being Birdsall Briscoe), and produced many homes, primarily in Boulevard Oaks, Turner Addition, Riverside Terrace, and the River Oaks neighborhoods.
Here, the pronounced asymmetry of the front façade, steeply pitched roof, front-facing gables, and prominent chimney, are all lovely markers of the preserved Tudor Revival style, which was quite popular at the time of this home’s construction.
Much of the interior has been as equally well-maintained as the exterior. This is apparent as soon as you step inside the foyer, where the tell-tale Tudor curves abound, from the leaded glass window and front door, to the stair tread and even the handrail. Those curves repeat via the two arched doorways in the formal living room, each handsomely trimmed in glossy sugar maple, which is continued throughout the home in the window trim, baseboard, and crown molding.
Current architect, Carrie G. Shoemake, thoughtfully renovated and expanded on Dixon’s design in a few areas that any present-day buyer is sure to appreciate, such as the kitchen and butler’s pantry, and primary bedroom and bath. Shoemake’s additions play with deliberate contrast to a lovely effect, integrating modern moments that are uber functional and don’t overwhelm the original bones.
For instance, in the kitchen, you'll find a plethora of streamlined maple cabinetry with honed granite counters and top-of-the-line appliances, as well as a breakfast area that overlooks the garden. In the primary bedroom, unadorned storage frames a large window, while the primary bathroom juxtaposes modern double sinks with marble counters and heated tile floors.
In addition to the formal living and dining rooms, four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, there’s quite a few ancillary spaces, like the den lined in built-in cabinets, a second-floor study filled with bookshelves, a guest apartment under vaulted ceilings, and the professionally landscaped gardens.
Going by his career track record, Dixon would surely have approved of this latest creative collaboration with Shoemake—no less than prospective buyers, considering the home was only on the market for four days.
Address: 2001 Bolsover St, Houston, TX 77005
Size: 3,091 square feet /4 bedroom/2.5 bath
List Date: 2/8/2023
List Price: $1,975,000
Listing Agent: Cathy Blum, Greenwood King Properties