Monday, March 14, 2011

A Ken Tate Home -- in Houston

Architectural Digest Placed Him
on Its Top 100 List:
Architect Ken Tate
(photo from AD)

The owner of this Houston home introduced me -- a number of years ago -- to Mr. Tate's work....

Mr. Tate designed the home above for the owners who invited me to come visit after a magazine I worked with photographed their Galveston Island get-away for publication. What a jewel! It's one of my favorites. The photos below give you a little peek behind the large front doors and the upstairs shuttered area. Enjoy the details, the materials, the overall style....These are from my files.

The main door of the house itself is to the right.


From His Web Site:
Ken Tate Architect -- portfolio photos

About Him

"I always consider the setting,” says architect Ken Tate, “whether it is a hilltop in the horse country or a suburban neighborhood. The house must be in perfect harmony with its surroundings.” Tate, who received his degree from Auburn University in Alabama, is associated with the New Classicist movement, but he experimented with a variety of styles before founding his own firm in 1984. “Since I am a pluralist, I am inspired by very diverse subject matter,” he says. The Pantheon, the Guggenheim and New Orleans’s French Quarter are among the places that stimulate his creativity. Tate enjoys incorporating unexpected elements into his designs, such as a “French dovecote or a classical barn, which the clients might not have thought of.” Many of his best ideas, he says, are born organically. “Solutions based in intuition can be far better and more innately pleasing than those arrived at through intellectual grappling." (from his Web site)

The Story in Architectural Digest.

The Other Top 100 -- named by Architectural Digest.

3 Responses to “A Ken Tate Home -- in Houston”

Olivia said...

Lovely place! You have been so lucky to see so many great ones!

I am a huge fan of his work. Its so authentic and always done in the best of taste....a real treat to see another one of his masterpieces!

Very interesting post about Mr. Tate. Love his style.

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