The Kamrath House in Houston

Houston, TX
Year Built – 1951
Architects – MacKie and Kamrath

We had the amazing opportunity to tour this beautiful home on the banks of Buffalo Bayou in the River Oaks subdivision of Houston during DOCOMOMO‘s annual symposium. The house was designed by architect MacKie and Kamrath in 1951.

From the Houston Mod website we found out that Karl Kamrath (1911-1988) designed this house for himself and his familly along the South bank of Buffalo Bayou in the River Oaks subdivision of Houston.

This house, as was the case with many Kamrath designs, is significantly influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Kamrath first met Wright in 1949 and maintained a steady correspondence with him. Kamrath acted as host for Wright during Wright`s visits to Houston. Notable aspects include cantilevered terraces, mitered glass windows, integrated and indirect lighting, the use of St. Joe brick masonry in the interior and exterior and the trademark Kamrath 4 foot wide entry door with art glass panels. Houston Mod

Although we have to admit we were a bit dissapointed that the house was not furnished in the modern style, we have to say the eclectic decor does not in any way dwindle the incredible architecture, nor the home’s impressive landscapes. All of the architectural features have been meticulously preserved throughout the home. For more photos of the home’s facade by Ben Hill and interior 1959 shots click here.