The invitations have been sent. The flowers are ordered, the final headcount turned into the caterers. Everything is ready for the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance dinner at the River Oaks Country Club (1600 River Oaks Blvd) at 7pm on February 1, 2008. If you have your ticket ($300 per person), you can walk right in, take your seat, and get ready for an evening of great architectural preservation.
One of the historic homes up for the Good Brick award is located at 1704 Kipling St. in Winlow Place, originally built 1930.
However, the man who is up for the award will not be at the gala. Ken Rice was sentenced to 27 months in prison for securities fraud related to the Enron collapse.
Architect Donna Kacmar describes the 1704 Kipling St. renovation on her website:
The house had stood vacant for over 20 years when the new owner invested in the area. The shiplap interior wall siding was removed and milled and then used to replace the oak flooring on the first floor that had been destroyed by termites. Some of the cabinet pieces were fabricated from the old door jambs. The existing doors and door hardware was refinished. New windows, new building systems, all new finishes, and new landscaping complete the transformation of the duplex into a single family residence with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and three living spaces that respects its past and its place in the neighborhood.
And the pictures do show a pretty little duplex: