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Casa del Sol

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1961, Taniguchi and Croft. 215 E. Madison Ave.

This building exemplifies the experimentation in thin shell concrete construction that took place throughout the Valley in the mid-twentieth century. Originally enveloped by a curtain wall that is today obscured with stucco, the circular structure—a softer, gentler version of other geometric concrete designs by Taniguchi—is outstanding for its two-inch-thick roof that lithely drapes over its supporting framework of radial beams. As it extends slightly over the beam ends, the roof canopy offers yet another break to further evidence its plasticity.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Casa del Sol", [Harlingen, 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, 300-301.

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