LOCAL Houston | The City Guide July 2017 - Page 4

THE OPENING SHOT LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to the Home and Design Issue of LOCAL Houston magazine. It’s a really good one, if I do say so myself. This issue particularly resonates with me because my two favorite things are 1) staying home and 2) driving around looking at things. So, on the rare occasions that I can rally myself to leave my house on the weekends, I usually spend an after- noon exploring (often with Gail Rubin) new (to me) neighborhoods, abandoned lots, independent businesses…even industrial plants. There’s always something new. Houston is always building. It will be an even greater city once it gets finished. Ok, so back to this issue. How much do you know about John Staub, arguably Houston’s most famous residential architect? He designed everything from Bayou Bend and Rienzi (both now parts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) to the grand houses gracing North and South Boulevards. His story is on page 54. Then there’s Dillon Kyle, who represents the new guard of architects. In a very eloquent Q & A, he states the case for Houston, among other things. Maybe my favorite part of the magazine this month is Christy Sanderson’s illustration of Downtown’s tunnel system, an engineering and design marvel that connects workers and visitors with offices, shopping and services…all underground. As always, we’ve got all the food writing you can digest, art news and views, fantastic FatFinds fashion and community happenings. All local, all original and, as of this writing, all done for another month! The August Art Issue starts tomorrow. But for now, please enjoy this one. Tim Moloney editor-in-chief BEHIND THE COVER Houston is always building. And it starts with making plans. For a city with no zoning, anything is possible and all ideas can be considered. Every month, we get excited about what's on the drawing board for Houston. This month, in the Home and Design Issue, we celebrate where we've been and where we're going. This Old House. The 1823 Old Place, an early Houson residence, now located at Sam Houston Park Courtesy of The Heritage Society. 10:00am, May 4, 2017 4 L O C AL | july 17 july 17 | L O C A L 5