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motel across the street from the Continental Club on South Congress. After raising funds, she tapped San Antonio architecture firm Lake|Flato — whose own star was ascendant — to transform the motor court into a unique blend of Texas minimalism and her own meticulous design aesthetic. Lambert has gone on to other equally exciting projects such as El Cosmico in Marfa, but she redefined modern hospitality, beginning with Hotel San José. HANNAH KOEHLER E A R L I E H U D N A L L J R . ' S FLIPPING BOY (1983): Urban change and income inequality are subjects of this image by Smithsonian-collected Houston photographer Hudnall — Art League Houston's 2022 recipient of Lifetime Achievement honors. The photograph juxtaposes one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, Fourth Ward's Freedmen's Town (established post Civil War) with gleaming downtown office complexes. SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM INDIAN LODGE, Fort Davis (1939, expansion 1967): Sited within Davis Mountains State Park, the inn resembles a multilevel pueblo village, designed by architects J. B. Roberts, Olin Smith, Arthur Fehr, William C. Caldwell, and landscape architect Roy S. Ferguson. It was built by workers supplied by the Civilian Conservation Corps during FDR's New Deal. Its hand- hewn pine beams were harvested from nearby forests, and tens of thousands of 40-pound adobe blocks were made on-site. Original interiors and furnishings are still intact. Part of the Texas State Parks system, the lodge is a popular stay when hiking or attending a Star Party at the nearby University of Texas McDonald Observatory. ISABELLA COURT, Houston (1929, restored 1993): Isabella Court, designed by W.D. Bordeaux, was the crowning building of a former 15-block suburban "Spanish Village" southeast of downtown Houston. Now a mixed-use retail and apartment building organized around an open courtyard, it's considered one of Houston's most authentic and stylish addresses with its original spaces and fittings intact, thanks to the stewardship of Trudy Hutchings and architect Robert A. Herolz. JACK TAR MOTOR HOTEL , Galveston (1940; 1954 addition): W.L. Moody III built the original hotel at Galveston's prime intersection along Seawall Boulevard and Broadway. A subsequent owner hired Galveston architect/Harvard- trained modernist Thomas M. Price to design an extravagant expansion. Its centerpiece was an exceptionally large free-form pool surrounded by a multi-level terrace that opened onto dense foliage — a manicured Eden complete with waterfall. Connections with the Balinese Room brought in guests such as Frank Sinatra and George Burns. Changes in ownership, hurricanes, and the shuttering of the Balinese Room in 1957 by the Texas Rangers all contributed to the demise of this once star-studded place to see and be seen. COURTESY GUY CARWILE KYLE BUNTING RUGS, Austin (2022): What raw material is more quintessentially Texan than hair on hide? Kyle Bunting Rugs has redefined the way we view this material usually associated with cowboys and dusty ranches. Ranging from subtle textural variations to magnificently bold patterns, the intricate patchwork c a r p e t s a n d w a l l c o v e r i n g s transform cowhide into an elegant design element. In the Stateside heritage collection, the designs are inspired by traditional American quilts. GRACE JONES, Salado (1921-2008): Grace Jones' trajectory shot from small- town Texas to volunteer WWII pilot to a successful runway and television career in New York City to world-traveling power couple with her husband, legendary ace fighter pilot Lt. Col. Jack Jones, and back to a small town (this time, Salado). In 1962, Grace Jones improbably opened a fashion boutique stocking such labels as Christian Lacroix, Valentino, Geoffrey Beene, and Balenciaga, with women traveling hundreds of miles to this tiny Texas town with a population less than 1,000. Hotel San José Jack Tar Motor Hotel (Continued) 75 TEXAS DESIGN ICONS 50

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