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The Fight to Save Houston’s Historic Treasures — Preservation Champions Honor the Good Bricks Making a Difference

The City's First Firehouse, a Stunning Ballroom, a Steel Townhouse and More Are Allowed to Stand Strong

BY // 01.19.24

While historic structures across Houston are slowly being demolished, most notably of late the John Staub house on River Oaks Boulevard, Preservation Houston continues its mission of advocating for preservation and saluting those who work to save the city’s venerable structures.

In advance of its March 8 Cornerstone Dinner, Preservation Houston has revealed the winners of the 2024 Good Brick Awards that celebrate exceptional historic preservation efforts and the individuals responsible for them. This year’s award winners include the landmark Eldorado Ballroom and Houston’s oldest fire station.

The awards were selected by a jury of community leaders, preservation and design professionals, and former Good Brick Award recipients, and chaired by Preservation Houston president Dave Morris. Recipients will be honored at the March 8 dinner at River Oaks Country Club where Diane Kingshill and Ashton Martini will serve as chairs.

11 Eldorado Ballroom – credit Stern and Bucek Architects
Eldorado Ballroom (Photo courtesy Stern and Bucek Architects)

Headlining the evening will be architect David Bucek, FAIA, who will receive the President’s Award for his outstanding contributions to historic preservation. Among Bucek’s notable preservation projects is the landmark 1939 Eldorado Ballroom in the Third Ward earns Project Row Houses the Martha Peterson Award for restoration this year.

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Style in Steel Townhouse

2 LeBlanc – Style in Steel – credit Leonid Furmansky
Philip & Mandy LeBlanc’s Style in Steel townhouse (Photo by Leonid Furmansky)

The Style in Steel townhouse, designed by Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson in 1968, in Southwest Houston was restored by Mandy and Philip LeBlanc.

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Italian Renaissance-style Minchen House

3 Lee-Sekula – credit William Chambers

 

Ted Lee and Marc Sekula receive the Good Brick Award for preservation of the Italian Renaissance-style Simon and Mamie Minchen House (1931 Joseph Finger) in the Boulevard Oaks Historic District. The house holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated City of Houston Landmark.

Folk Victorian Cottage

4 Tidwell-Mize – credit Luis Ayala
1893 Folk Victorian cottage (Photo by Luis Ayala)

Built in 1893, this Folk Victorian cottage restoration has eared Dan Tidwell and Jamie Mize a Good Brick Award.

Craftsman Style Homes

5 FW Heritage, LLC – credit Strata Visuals
Craftsmen style homes in the First Ward (Photo by Strata Visuals)

Restoration of two Craftsman style homes (circa 1925) in the First Ward garnered FW Heritage LLC  Good Brick honors.

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Imperial Laundry Building

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Concept Neighborhood (Courtesy photo)

Concept Neighborhood receives honors for redeveloping the former Imperial Laundry building (circa 1937) as The Plant, a mixed-use development in Houston’s East End.

Knapp Chevrolet Showroom

7 Deal Co-Urbano – credit Urbano Architects
Knapp Chevrolet Showroom (Photo courtesy of Urbano)

The Deal Company and Urbano Investments earns Good Brick kudos for repurposing the 1940 Knapp Chevrolet Showroom in the First Ward.

Hollyfield Laundry

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Hollyfield Laundry building (photo courtesy Davis Commercial)

The Good Brick Award goes to Davis Commercial Real Estate for its repurposing the Hollyfield Laundry building (1930, J.W. Northrop Jr.) as Barcelona Wine Bar in Montrose.

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St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

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St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (Photo by Hester + Hardaway)

The restoration of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church’s historic Gothic sanctuary (1940, James Ruskin Bailey) in Woodland Heights earns a Good Brick Award.

Restored Fire Station No. 7

10 Houston Fire Museum – credit Wade Blissard
Restored Fire Station No. 7 now theHouston Fire Museum (Photo by Wade Blissard)

The restoration of historic Fire Station No. 7 (1899, Olle J. Lorehn) in Midtown into what is now the Houston Fire Museum is more than worthy of a Good Brick Award.

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