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Balinskas House

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1992, Natalye Appel. 5421 Dickson St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Using zinc- and aluminum-coated steel panels for both walls and roof, this one-story house is visually solid on its concrete masonry–enclosed street front. Yet it is open inside, where it looks out to a south-facing rear garden. The house is organized as two parallel bars that slide past each other, with the entrance at the point of overlap. The clients' love of Mexico is evident in the dense planting between the street and in the gate to the entrance courtyard. Natalye Appel and Associates is also responsible for the houses at 5502 Lacy Avenue (2002) and at 5201 Gibson Street (1994).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Balinskas House", [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, 368-368.

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