Good Bricks

Saving history: Historic preservation finally gets its day in Houston with city-changing projects honored

Saving history: Historic preservation finally gets its day in Houston

Good Brick Awards 2015 Castillo Community Center
Harris County, Leonel J. Castillo Community Center. Photo courtesy of © G. Lyon Photography
Good Brick Awards 2015 Phoebe Tudor
Phoebe Tudor, 2015 President’s Award recipient. Photo by © Karen Sachar
Good Brick Awards 2015 Carl and Karine Hollimon Victorian cottage in Old Sixth Ward Historic District
Carl and Karine Hollimon, Victorian cottage in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District. Photo by © Luis Ayala
Good Brick Awards 2015 Eva and Brenda Hughes Art Deco Loggins-Hughes Building on Washington Avenue
Eva Hughes and Brenda Hughes, Art Deco Loggins-Hughes Building on Washington Avenue. Photo by © Jim Parsons
Good Brick Awards 2015 Ellie and Christian Busker 1920s bungalow in Sunset Heights Annex
Ellie and Christian Busker, 1920s bungalow in Sunset Heights Annex. Photo by © Tad Krampitz
Good Brick Awards 2015 Stephen Howe and Alicia Blaszak Tudor Revival style Boulevard Oaks Historic District
Stephen Howe and Alicia Blaszak, Tudor Revival-style house in the Boulevard Oaks Historic District. Photo courtesy of © Carl Mayfield Photography
Good Brick Awards 2015 Skelly Whitlock and Michael Skelly Victorian cottage in East End
Michael Skelly and Anne Whitlock, Victorian cottage and the rescue of six historic houses in the East End. Photo by © John C. Lindy
Good Brick Awards 2015 Nature Discovery Center historic Henshaw House in Bellaire
Nature Discovery Center Houston, historic Henshaw House in Bellaire. Photo courtesy of © Carl Mayfield Photography
Good Brick Awards 2015 JW Marriott
Pearl Hospitality, JW Marriott Houston Downtown in the historic Carter Building. Photo courtesy of © JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Good Brick Awards 2015 James Gast book The Astrodome Building an American Spectacle
James Gast, The Astrodome: Building An American Spectacle. Photo courtesy of © Aspinwall Press
Good Brick Awards 2015 Houston Community College
Houston Community College, San Jacinto High School in Midtown. Photo by © Mike McCormick
Good Brick Awards 2015 Cristo Rey
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School, Mount Carmel High School. Photo by © John C. Lindy
Good Brick Awards 2015 Heritage Society Fourth Ward Cotttage in Sam Houston Park
The Heritage Society, Fourth Ward cottage in Sam Houston Park. Photo by © Emily Ardoin
Good Brick Awards 2015 Glen Rosenbaum mid-century modern in Meyerland
Glen Rosenbaum, Mid-Century Modern house in Meyerland. Photo courtesy of © Hester + Hardaway
Good Brick Awards 2015 Castillo Community Center
Good Brick Awards 2015 Phoebe Tudor
Good Brick Awards 2015 Carl and Karine Hollimon Victorian cottage in Old Sixth Ward Historic District
Good Brick Awards 2015 Eva and Brenda Hughes Art Deco Loggins-Hughes Building on Washington Avenue
Good Brick Awards 2015 Ellie and Christian Busker 1920s bungalow in Sunset Heights Annex
Good Brick Awards 2015 Stephen Howe and Alicia Blaszak Tudor Revival style Boulevard Oaks Historic District
Good Brick Awards 2015 Skelly Whitlock and Michael Skelly Victorian cottage in East End
Good Brick Awards 2015 Nature Discovery Center historic Henshaw House in Bellaire
Good Brick Awards 2015 JW Marriott
Good Brick Awards 2015 James Gast book The Astrodome Building an American Spectacle
Good Brick Awards 2015 Houston Community College
Good Brick Awards 2015 Cristo Rey
Good Brick Awards 2015 Heritage Society Fourth Ward Cotttage in Sam Houston Park
Good Brick Awards 2015 Glen Rosenbaum mid-century modern in Meyerland

It's that "good" time of year again, when Preservation Houston reveals the winners of the Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. This year's 13 recipients run the gamut for renovations/remodels with special praise to a noted Houston socialite, fundraiser and community activist.

Preservation Houston presents the honors on Feb. 20 at River Oaks Country Club and will recognize Phoebe Tudor with the 2015 President's Award "for her outstanding personal and professional contributions to historic preservation in Houston," according to a statement from the organization.

“Every great city needs community leaders who are dedicated to the cause of historic preservation, and Houston is fortunate to have such a hard-working champion in Phoebe Tudor,” Stephanie Ann Jones, Preservation Houston executive director, says “So much of what’s been accomplished in Houston has been under Phoebe’s guidance and leadership.

"Trained as an architectural historian, Tudor was instrumental in the restoration of the landmark Julia Ideson Building, chaired the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission and is leading the Friends of the Astrodome effort — and these represent only a few of her many accomplishments in the name of historic preservation."

The 13 people and organizations with projects chosen to receive Good Brick Awards this year are:

  • Michael Skelly and Anne Whitlock, the H-E-B Award for the renovation of a Victorian cottage and the rescue of six historic houses in the East End.
  • The Heritage Society, the Martha Peterson Award for restoration and reinterpretation of the Fourth Ward Cottage in Sam Houston Park.
  • Glen Rosenbaum for rehabilitation of his mid-century modern house in Meyerland.
  • Pearl Hospitality for development of the JW Marriott Houston Downtown in the historic Carter Building.
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School for renovation of the former Mount Carmel High School.
  • Harris County for renovation of the former Robert E. Lee Elementary School as the Leonel J. Castillo Community Center on the near Northside.
  • Houston Community College for restoration of the former San Jacinto High School in Midtown.
  • Nature Discovery Center Houston for rehabilitation of the historic Henshaw House in Bellaire.
  • Stephen Howe and Alicia Blaszak for renovation and sympathetic addition to their Tudor Revival-style house in the Boulevard Oaks Historic District.
  • Eva Hughes and Brenda Hughes for rehabilitation of the Art Deco Loggins-Hughes Building on Washington Avenue.
  • Ellie and Christian Busker for renovation of a 1920s bungalow in the Sunset Heights Annex.
  • Carl and Karine Hollimon for renovation and sympathetic addition to their Victorian cottage in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District.
  • James Gast for his book, The Astrodome: Building An American Spectacle.

“For the past 36 years, the Good Brick Awards have been one of the best ways we have for increasing public awareness of historic preservation in Houston and encouraging additional projects,” Preservation Houston president Jane-Page Crump says. “As Houston’s preservation movement has matured, the Good Brick Awards have grown in scope and prestige.”

Reservations for the Cornerstone Dinner are available at 713-510-3990 or at PreservationHouston.org. Proceeds from the event benefit the programs and projects of Preservation Houston.

The public is invited to visit several Gold Brick Award-winning structures during Preservation Houston's annual Good Brick Tour, this year set for May 2 and 3. Tickets for admission to every property on the tour are $25 through April 30 and $30 beginning May 1 and may be purchased online Tickets also will be sold for $10 per location at all tour stops on the days of the tour.