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Contemporary Arts Museum

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1972, Gunnar Birkerts and Associates and Charles Tapley Associates. 5216 Montrose Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Michigan architect Birkerts designed this parallelogram-planned building to deflect the curve of Mies's Brown Pavilion across the street ( HN7). The museum's sharply pointed Montrose corner and its reflective, stainless steel–panel wall system give Houston's second-oldest art museum a distinctive identity in a precinct otherwise dominated by the Museum of Fine Arts and its appendages.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Contemporary Arts Museum", [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, 343-343.

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