About Us

Rio Grande Valley Modern

Nydia O. Tapia – Gonzales and Logan Dovalina, Thank you for visiting RGVMod

Our goal is to connect municipalities, architects, and designers and builders with homeowners who appreciate modern architecture to foster the appreciation and preservation of these historical of the Rio Grande Valley’s modern architectural heritage. We believe restoration and remodeling projects should not begin without proper research, conversation, and outreach.

We want to start the conversation and remove all taboos and fears about remodeling these historically significant and pretty cool houses, and why not, even build new ones inspired by the modern era.

 Nydia’s  Harlingen modern home designed by John G. York in 1949 (as shown in this gallery) is what inspired her and husband Lupe Gonzales to share their passion for modern architecture. We invite you to be a part of this effort.

Nydia is pictured here at the Bauhaus Archive. The Bauhaus Archive is a state archive and Museum of Design located in Berlin. It collects art pieces, items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School, and puts them on public display.


Logan Dovalina is a historic preservationist from the Rio Grande Valley. Originally from Mission, TX, he grew up in Shary Heights, a post-war neighborhood. Since 2020, he has researched its early development to nominate it to the National Register of Historic Places. From this research, he is looking forward to co-authoring Una Vida Moderna: Self Discovery and Architecture in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands with Stephen Fox and Nydia Tapia-Gonzales. He was a Preservation Scholar with the Texas Historical Commission digitizing the Texas Oral History Collection. Outside of historic preservation, he is an avid choral singer, a Texas Master Naturalist, and a private pilot in training. He holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
from the University of North Texas.


Stephen Fox is an architectural historian and a lecturer at the Rice School of Architecture.  He is also a lecturer at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston and a Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas.


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