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Habitat for Humanity Demonstration Houses

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1999, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and Anthony E. Frederick and Scott Waugh. 2901 A and B Gillespie St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Drexel Turner enlisted the support of the Menil Collection, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston, and the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, the most vigorous of Houston's community development corporations in the 1990s, to demonstrate that affordable housing of the type built by Habitat for Humanity did not have to consist of depressing little boxes. Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates donated the design for a 20 × 40–foot, two-story, gable-roofed house with front porch that is a miracle of spatial economy with three bedrooms and 1,450 square feet that is compact on the outside and surprisingly spacious inside.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Habitat for Humanity Demonstration Houses", [Houston, 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, 364-365.

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