From Jesse Jones and William Marsh Rice to George Mitchell and Peter C. Marzio, Houston has a mystique as a magnet for self-made men. Hailing from Hartford, Conn., Herbert Wells follows this pattern of entrepreneurial Houstonians. But rather than going by way of big business, he invented himself as the decades-long preferred interior designer to the city's upper echelon.
Following an extended illness, Wells passed away on Dec. 23, 2010 at the age of 86. CultureMap spoke with his longtime business associate, Jerry Jeanmard, and sifted through the firm's files to get a better idea of what make his work so special.
Shown at right, a home interior on River Oaks' Piping Rock Lane, conceived by Wells.