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Holt House

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1983, Batey and Mack and John Wright. 4734 Ocean Dr.

This house introduced Postmodern, in no uncertain terms, to the architecture of this scenic drive. Unrevealing from the outside, the one-story residence, cloaked in Italian travertine and rose-colored Mexican stone, is organized around a central axis carried through a progression of modular spaces that start at an entrance court, move through the interior, and terminate at the rear of the site, where sets of paired columns line a walkway that terraces down to the sea. With a commanding presence over its bayshore setting, the house, unrestricted by modernist parameters, is free to evoke the image of an ancient Pompeian villa.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Holt House", [Corpus Christi, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 248-248.

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