J. Gilbert Philen House

Brownsville, TX
Year Built – 1951
Architects – Page, Southerland & Page
For those for whom John York’s designs were too far out, the Contemporary California ranch house offered an alternative. The Brownsville customs broker J. Gilbert Philen commissioned the Austin architects Page, Southerland & Page to design a sprawling one-story limestone and mahogany-faced house for his family in 1951 on a small estate in Río Viejo, the Brownsville counterpart of Laurel Park.