LOCAL Houston | The City Guide July 2017 - Page 54

FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE MAN OF THE HOUSE JOHN STAUB’S HOUSTON LEGACY By Tim Moloney FOR MORE THAN FOUR DECADES, NO HOUSTON ARCHITECT LEFT A BIGGER AND MORE ENDURING STAMP ON HOUSTON’S FINEST NEIGHBORHOODS THAN JOHN F. STAUB. TODAY, STAUB HOMES ARE STILL COVETED; YOU CAN FIND THEM AMONG THE LEAFY STREETS OF BROADACRES, SHADYSIDE, RIVER OAKS AND MEMORIAL. THOUGH THEY VARY IN STYLE AND SIZE, THEY’RE INTIMATE, LIVABLE AND TIMELESSLY ELEGANT. Born in Tennessee in 1892, Staub received a master’s degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1916. He landed in Houston in 1919 to run the local office of New York architect Harrie Lindeberg, a successful designer of country houses for rich New Yorkers. Lindeberg had gotten commissions to design four houses in the exclusive walled- and-gated neighborhood of Shadyside near Rice University. When his work with Lindeberg was complete, Staub and his wife Madeleine decided to stay in Houston. Oil was booming, the Houston Ship Channel was open, and money was pouring into the city. It was the perfect storm for a residential starchitect. A who’s who of prominent Houston families lined up for his services: Wiess, Farish, Blaffer, Cullen, Baker, Carter and, per- haps most important of all, Hogg. Not only did Staub FW6v&R&VBFFVBFFRW6WVbfR'G2W7Fcbf"֗72vr#b'WBRv&VBvFW"'&FW'2֖RBv2FWFWfVVB&fW"2FW6vpBV7BGvW6W2V"FW&R&WGG&V&&R66FW&rBv2FR֖FFRbFRw&VBFW&W76&R&VBWFW&#F'&6v&FW"V'b'v&FW#6W'FW7bFRW6WVbfR'G2W7FS@2Vǒp&R&VBWFW& Vǒr2SP