River HillsIf 3849 Riverhills View Drive in the River Hills addition looks strangely familiar, it’s because this architectural gem appeared in our coverage of last years’ annual Fort Worth AIA tour.

Well known for an extensive portfolio of high-profile commercial and civic commissions, including the gates and addition to Will Rogers Arena, Caruth Hall at SMU, and the Beth El Congregation, this house is a rare residential project by the firm of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford.


Shady OaksDuring the holiday season, it may have escaped notice that a choice townhouse in one of Fort Worth’s most enduringly popular developments has come on the market.

Shady Oaks Townhouses, tucked behind walls, shaded by large live oaks, and backing up to the golf course of the same name, were constructed in 1970. They were designed by architect Albert S. Komatsu, whose varied  portfolio of work includes the emblematic entrance to the Japanese Gardens and the notorious Stonegate Mansion built for Cullen Davis. The architecture firm founded in 1959 continues to this day.Japanese GardensIt is an old axiom that good design has lasting appeal, still, it is difficult to believe that this fresh-looking, modern project is almost 50 years old. At 4,759 square feet, the three-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bath townhouse at 600 Roaring Springs Road, is also the largest unit in the complex.


virginia and seth

Do you know why white stucco was so important to architects for new homes after World War II?  What negative effect did the Federal Housing Administration have on the design of homes?  What was one of the inspirations for the ranch home?  How did owners of a Victorian home show they had a certain amount of wealth?

All these topics and many more were discussed when renowned Dallas author Virginia Savage McAlester visited with the real estate agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  McAlester is the author of A Field Guide to American Houses, the preeminent book for anyone and everyone who wants to know about styles of homes.


Louis Lambert

It’s difficult to know where to begin with Louis Lambert — Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, cookbook author, restaurateur, builder, designer, tinkerer. Then there are the collaborations with his sister Liz, owner of the uber-chic Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia on South Congress in Austin and Hotel Havana in San Antonio.

I suppose the Louis Lambert story begins with Texas roots that span generations. And the influences are as large and varied as Texas itself, from the big skies of  West Texas to the salty marshes of Port Arthur. (more…)

Norman D. Ward Architect won one of three top awards from the Fort Worth AIA for the Huynh Residence. The southeast-­‐facing entry courtyard is enclosed on three sides with two stone veneer bedroom pavilions and an entry wall sheathed in a cypress rain screen. Photo: Fort Worth AIA

Norman D. Ward Architect won one of three top awards from the Fort Worth AIA for the Huynh Residence. The southeast-­facing entry courtyard is enclosed on three sides with two stone veneer bedroom pavilions and an entry wall sheathed in a cypress rain screen. Photo: Fort Worth AIA

North Texas’ top architects gathered recently at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth as the American Institute of Architects’ local chapter gave nine prestigious design awards. Projects included a college, a nonprofit theater, and private homes.

Top Honor Awards went to architects Greg Ibañez, Tommy Stewart, and Norman Ward.

Four Merit Awards were given out, three of which went to VLK Architects, and one to Greg Ibañez.

Two Studio Awards went to Bart Shaw Architect and Marta Rozanich of Konstrukcio Studio.

This year’s jury was led by Randy Brown of Randy Brown Architects in Omaha, Neb. with Emily Little of Clayton & Little in Austin and Bill Aylor of Lake Flato Architects in San Antonio. The three looked at 31 entries, and were free to give as many awards as they deemed merited.


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by Eric Prokesh

Sitting on one of the highest points of desirable Westover Hills, is an alluring three bedroom, four and a half bath,  mid century modern beauty that evokes Sinatra era Palm Springs Swank.

Oh, and the rock.

2004 Canterbury Drive fountain



Need something to do tonight? Take advantage of AIA Fort Worth’s free Design Talk at University of Texas at Arlington’s Fort Worth Center featuring Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster.

Mark-Lamster-051513Lamster, who is also a professor at UTA, will discuss “the challenges of urban planning and development in Dallas specifically and Texas and the United States more broadly, looking especially at preservation, justice, and sustainability,” in tonight’s lecture. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

I am sure there will be plenty of words said about the recent spate of teardowns in downtown Dallas and the preservation community’s response to the razing of historic buildings. Lamster has frequently decried Dallas’ car culture and has taken many jabs at the Arts District luxury highrise Museum Tower. That’s all to say that you shouldn’t forget your popcorn tonight.

You can find out more about this evening’s event, as well as other free Design Talk lectures hosted by AIA Fort Worth, on the organization’s website. Better yet, sign up for their newsletter.



If you have a spare hour tonight, head over to the UTA Fort Worth Center at 7 p.m. for a free talk by historian Quentin McGown on how Frank Lloyd Wright has influenced North Texas architecture. McGown, who has written books about the built history of Fort Worth, will examine the Wrightian hallmarks you can still find throughout Fort Worth and how this style continues to influence architecture today.

AIA Fort Worth is hosting this presentation as part of their “Design Talk” series.

We asked McGown, a sixth-generation Texan, a few quick questions about his research. Jump to find out more.