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On The Cover

Where Old and New Meet

Photos by Kyle Humphries, Murphy Mears Architects

The residences at 714 and 716 Sabine Street – projects by Murphy Mears Architects – create an enclave in Houston's Old Sixth Ward.

A relocated and renovated 1870s Gothic Revival home is located along the street front, and a modest new modern home resides in back. The homes, organized as communal master planned living, can be used as separate residences.

The Gothic Revival was purchased at auction and in vast disrepair. It was carefully renovated to its original appearance, based on an old photo.

The new modern one-story residence is configured around a new tree-lined autocourt and a rear lawn shaded by a 200-year-old Live Oak.

While the homes were originally conceived 140 years apart from one another, they now coexist to create an environment that honors the scale and the history of this historic neighborhood in the shadow of downtown.

This home is part of the Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Architecture Tour: afterwards, April 11-12.

RDA Tour Homes

April 11 & 12, 2015

• 734 Tulane Street, Shade Development*

• 317 Sampson Street, Janusz Design *

• 2102 Francis Street, Brett Zamore Design

• 1217 Robin Street, Rodrigo Tovar

• 1515 Woodhead Street, pb elemental design*

• 1507 Chestnut Street, kinneymorrow architecture *

• 714/716 Sabine Street, Gottlieb Eisele, and Murphy Mears

• 205 North St. Charles Street, CONTENT

*Tickets sold at these homes