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Heywood and Agnese Carter Nelms House

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1929, Frank J. Forster; 2009 rehabilitation and gardens, Curtis and Windham. 3391 Sleepy-hollow Ct.

Occupying a flat lot in River Oaks, this country house is one of the largest that New York City architect Forster designed. The house is in the romantic French provincial style for which Forster was best known. What makes it especially interesting is to see how rigorously he adapted the historical model to its unlikely site on the steamy Gulf Coastal Plain. The house is extremely long, and extremely thin. Forster organized interior spaces around a two-story-high, truss-roofed great hall. A timbered garage, stable, and kennel, a children's playhouse, and an octagonal pigeonnier at the back gate on San Felipe Road completed the estate improvements. Forster faced all the buildings with a mixed blend of clinker brick, laid up in subtly undulating courses and whitewashed. The rear wall along San Felipe Road, with its undulating courses of clinker brick, was added in 1979 by Houston architects Langwith, Wilson and King. Rehabilitation, additions, and a garden design of 2010 are by Curtis and Windham.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Heywood and Agnese Carter Nelms 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, 354-354.

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