October 13, 2010

It’s A Mod, Mod World At Glenbrook Valley: A New Look At Houston’s Preservation Battle

When it was first populated in 1953, the Glenbrook Valley subdivision just east of Hobby Airport oozed with the hope and guarantee of prosperity that characterized the emerging American middle class of the post-war era.

At the time, the home prices rivaled those of River Oaks, and executives from the Ship Channel sought out the city’s top designers to present plans to the Glenbrook Valley Inc. architectural control panel. The enclave won the heart of the nation, receiving recognition from Better Homes and Gardens as “the model home for all America.”

Today, over 1,200 custom-built mid-century modern and contemporary ranch homes grace the neighborhood’s expansive lots. And while the just-outside-the-Loop territory has gone largely unrecognized since its initial glory days, the neighborhood’s preservation efforts were spotlighted recently at a home tour organized by Houston Mod.

Article original appeared on October 13, 2010 in Houston Culturemap.com

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