OTHER GOOD BRICK WINNERS
1. Dentler Building, 1923
1809 Summer St.
High First Ward
2017 Good Brick Award
This two-story apartment house was built by George H. Dentler, whose food and condiments business is best remembered for manufacturing Dentler Maid Potato Chips. In 2013, new owners purchased the derelict building and embarked on a comprehensive renovation project that combined four apartments to create a single-family home.
Over the years, the building had fallen into disrepair with extensive deterioration of the outer walls. Almost one-third of the front facade was disassembled and rebuilt using the historic bricks.
Termite-riddled joists holding up the first floor had to be replaced, as did severely damaged floorboards. Original windows were painstakingly restored, with the wooden sashes repaired and reused.
The first floor was redesigned with open kitchen, living and dining areas that take advantage of abundant natural light. In contrast to the simple, modern design of the new spaces, the entry hall was restored with its original molding, front door, sidelights and transom. The reconstructed staircase leads to the bedrooms, bathrooms and storage areas on the second floor.
Preservation Houston recognized the owners with a 2017 Good Brick Award for their successful effort to bring new life to a sadly neglected building.
2. 2219 Kane St., circa 1885
Old Sixth Ward Historic District
2016 Good Brick Award
This Victorian cottage had been vacant and neglected when new owners purchased the dilapidated house and moved it to a prominent intersection in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District. The historic structure was renovated to serve as an office and guesthouse near the owners’ other Sixth Ward home.
Salvaged columns were used to reconstruct the missing front porch, which was designed with the aid of historic photographs. The enclosed side porch was reopened to bring additional light into the house. The original floor plan was largely maintained and misaligned doors were centered through the three main rooms.
The bathroom was enlarged and a long bar of built-ins was installed to provide workspace and a kitchen. Custom millwork supplies storage, and a fold-down bed easily converts the work area into a guest room.
The project accommodates a surprising number of uses in a small space. The creative effort received a 2016 Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston.
3. 309 Sampson St., circa 1895
2016 Good Brick Award
In January 2014, a half-dozen Victorian houses were moved from their original East End site to this location to prevent their demolition. This house was the largest of the six. Although it was extremely deteriorated, the structure was remarkably intact, with all its historic doors, windows and trim in place.
The first job after the move was squaring the tilted, rotted structure and repairing two large holes in the roof. The low sloping rooflines above the front and side porches were carefully reconstructed while retaining historic exterior detailing.
The interior layout was maintained, except for the removal of one wall to create a large, open kitchen and dining room. The middle bedroom was converted into a bathroom core.
Original woodwork, doors and windows were restored, while interior work enhanced the home’s historic textures. Renovated rooms now showcase original art created by the owner and his friends.
Preservation Houston presented the owner with a 2016 Good Brick Award for the dramatic transformation of a decaying eyesore into a neighborhood landmark.
4. Isabella Court, 1929
1005 Isabella at Main St.
1993 Good Brick Award
Isabella Court is the lone survivor of the many Spanish Colonial Revival-style buildings that formed an important retail corridor along this part of Main Street beginning in the 1920s. Local developer Pierre Michael hired architect William D. Bordeaux of Miami to design this three-story structure, which contains two residential levels above ground-floor commercial spaces.
Sixteen apartments open onto a roofed, open-air courtyard distinguished by elegant iron balconies, railings and gates as well as a faux wishing well trimmed with delicate ironwork. Each unit is unique, with some apartments featuring split-level floor plans. Ornate light fixtures and Taos-style fireplaces contribute to the flats’ distinctive appearance. Even the small pass-through cabinets where milk and ice were delivered are still in place.
The rehabilitation of this one-of-a-kind building earned its owners a Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston in 1993. The courtyard and three apartments will be open to visitors during the Good Brick Tour.
Traditional and timeless gifts for the grad are everything Jon Hart, including the monogrammable collection of well-padded computer cases ($91), makeup bags ($70-$101) and shave kits ($64-$91) in sturdy canvas and a rainbow of colors. Hot stamps for monograms are available on site at several Houston retail locations, including:
Bering’s, 6102 Westheimer Road, 713-785-6400; and 3900 Bissonnet St., 713-665-0500; www.berings.com
JBL CHARGE 3 SPEAKERS
Tell the grad to have fun, too, with the JBL Charge 3 wireless, waterproof and portable Bluetooth speaker. The Charge 3 takes the party everywhere, poolside or in the rain, and its high-capacity battery provides 20 hours of play. A built-in noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone gives you crystal clear calls with the press of a button.
Available through www.jbl.com
KETTLE POPCORN MAKER
Perfect for your grad’s dorm room, the electric popcorn maker by Holstein Housewares plugs in any outlet and with just a bit of oil, gently heats the popcorn right before your eyes. The clear plastic lid serves as a bowl when your kernels are done. A damp, non-abrasive cloth is all you need to wipe down the stainless steel kettle for the next round of popping.
Available through Best Buy, Sears, Walmart and numerous other locations
KATE SPADE AGENDA
$228, with a $10 fee for monogramming
For Mom or the grad, Kate Spade’s Cobble Hill agenda features black, pebbled leather with matching trim, book-stripe print on poly-twill lining and 14-karat gold-plated hardware. This luxe leather agenda has everything to keep the recipient organized, including a zippered exterior pocket.
Several locations, www.katespade.com
Beautiful hand-beaded butterfly barrettes or hair clips from Guatemala make truly thoughtful gifts. They’ll love these unique creations decorating their hair. Dimensions: About 3.5 inches wide by 5 inches long. Talk about statement jewelry!
Available at Casa Ramirez FOLK ART Gallery, 241 W. 19th St., 713-880-2420
About $11-$30, depending on style and size
Raise a flag to let Mom know she rules — and make it a pretty one, too, like this one from Money Makers. The fancy butterfly flag, about 28 by 44 inches, will add the final touch to her spring landscaping decor.
Available at Money Makers Flags, 1517 Blalock Road, 713-461-1153, www.moneymakersflags.com