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Linda Pace House

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1996, Lake/Flato Architects. 8 Elm Ct.

The most important residential work in San Antonio by this prominent firm, the Pace House makes superb use of monumental limestone blocks for its walls, capped off by steel roofing. David Lake and Ted Flato met while working for O'Neil Ford, and the character of this house clearly demonstrates their allegiance to his regional style and the use of local materials. In the manner of a Mexican colonial house, the plan wraps a series of one-room-deep units around an open courtyard. The design is subdued and naturalistic in powerful contrast to the overblown stuccoed “McMansions” filling in around Elm Court, designed as throwbacks to the Spanish colonial style of the 1920s and 1930s. The Pace fortune derives from the popular Tex-Mex picante sauce.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Linda Pace House", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 185-185.

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