The Rice Design Alliance's Twentieth annual architecture tour will look at six
examples of ranch style houses in Houston. This year's tour,
, will take place on April 26 and 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 pm.
Preceding the tour, Atlanta architect and ranch house resident Amy Aronson will
give a lecture on the American ranch style house and renovation of this house
type. Aronson recently completed
creating the Ranch,
which is to
be published this year.
The lecture, free to the public, will be held April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Sewall
Hall Room 301.
The American Ranch House entered into the era of modern architecture, when
millions of ranch houses were constructed by home builders throughout the
United States after World War II. While the image of the American house has
changed drastically over the past fifty years, the ranch house continues to
endure in both its original form and in redesigned versions reflecting what is
expected in a home today.
This year signifies the American Ranch House's 50-year mark, making it newly
eligible for designation on the National Register of Historical Places.
The Rice Design Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
advancement of architecture, urban design and the built environment in the
Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite:
Architecture and Design Review of Houston
and active programs to initiate
RDA has held architecture tours every year since 1975 to acquaint Houstonians
with the best examples of architecture, interior design and landscape design in
This program is made possible by support from Creative Flooring Resources, the
Corporate Members of the RDA and the City of Houston through the Cultural Arts
This item appeared in the News section of the April 4, 1997 issue.