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PaperCity Houston March 2022

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(Continued) GIANT, MARFA (1956): Part of the epic, sprawling, gorgeous film about oil families from rugged West Texas was filmed outside Marfa during June and July 1955. The cast — including Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean — moved to Marfa to film, and the façade of the Victorian mansion followed by train to the fictional 500,000-acre Reata ranch and was lashed to telephone poles to hold it upright in its two-dimensional splendor. The skeleton of the façade can still be seen along I-90. GREENWAY PARKS, DALLAS (1925): This neighborhood was built in the English-commons tradition of clustering houses around a series of broad, open private parkways. Architecture styles include 1920s cottages, postwar modern Bauhaus, 1950s ranch, Georgian, and a mix of European designs. HARMONIUM COTTAGES, Houston (circa 1900s): A preservation victory. The city's most diminutive historic district, Brunner-Harmonium, is a collection of early-20th-century cottages set amidst unrestrained gardens and owned by artist Salle Werner-Vaughn, a painter and collector whose aesthetic is edged in enchantment. 100 TEXAS DESIGN ICONS THE GRACE MUSEUM, Abilene (1992): This gem in Abilene, nestled into the renovated 1909 Grace Hotel, houses a collection of paintings, fine art prints, sculpture, and photographs with a focus on American art with Texas connections. When the city began gentrifying its downtown, which had withered away in the 1980s, the Abilene Preservation League created the museum and retained the services of historic restoration architect Rick Weatherl. HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE, Dallas (1931): Spanish Colonial- style National Historic Landmark in Highland Park designed by architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek. It's the first self- contained shopping center in the United States. COURTESY MPTV LISA PETROLE TOM JENKINS / COURTESY JAMES MAGEE ANNIE LEIBOVITZ PHOTO COURTESY ANT FARM GERALD D. HINES, Houston (1925 – 2020): The visionary developer has created landmark buildings around the world, including Houston's Pennzoil Place, One Shell Plaza, The Galleria, Bank of America Center, and Williams Tower with its Gerald D. Hines WaterWall Park. HOUSE OF THE CENTURY, Angleton (1972): A radical, rock 'n' roll interpretation of a lake house by San Francisco design collective Ant Farm (Chip Lord, Doug Michels, architect Richard Jost), commissioned by Houston patroness Marilyn Oshman (savior of the Orange Show) the house resides on a swampy outpost near Angleton. Fifty years later, the biomorphic facade remains intact, and awaits restoration. THE HILL, Cornudas (1981): A swath of desert 75 miles east of El Paso, is an improbable location for an art installation, but James Magee's decades-in-the-making site The Hill testifies to one man's pursuit of an idea that cannot be defined by words. Four buildings connected by causeways are enigmatic and seen by few in the art world, with the exception of a handful who sit on the artist's Cornudas Mountain Foundation. 46

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