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David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Phillips-Banks House

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1959, John S. Chase. 2211 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 1964, John S. Chase. 2310 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

These two modern buildings are by Houston architect Chase, the first African American to graduate (in 1952) from what was then the University of Texas Department of Architecture. A few blocks south at 1191 Navasota Street is Chase's Colored Teachers State Association of Texas Building of 1952. Chase designed these properties early in his career for African American clients or organizations, becoming one of the most important young architects to break the color barrier as the first licensed in Texas and the first recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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