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RDA to focus on the American Ranch House
The Rice Design Alliance's Twentieth annual architecture tour will look at six examples of ranch style houses in Houston. This year's tour, Rancheros Deluxe , 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 Re- 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: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston and active programs to initiate physical improvements.

RDA has held architecture tours every year since 1975 to acquaint Houstonians with the best examples of architecture, interior design and landscape design in the city.

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 Council.

This item appeared in the News section of the April 4, 1997 issue.

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