This Houston home on the market was designed by a trailblazing Texas architect

Architect John S. Chase designed the home as his personal residence back in 1953.

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3512 Oakdale Street, Houston, TX 77004

Whatever the reason you’re here, whether you’re honest-to-goodness house hunting, you’re an old-school architecture fanatic, you’re searching for new images to tack to your dream home vision board, or you just need something to gawk at to pass the time cooped up indoors, enjoy a virtual tour of this rad Houston pad on the market.


By the numbers: 3512 Oakdale Street, Houston, TX 77004| $875,000 | 5,099 square feet | 1953 (year built) | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 1 pool | 2 garages


Fellow Zillow-surfers, say hello to 3512 Oakdale Street, a four-bedroom abode nestled in Houston’s Riverside Terrace neighborhood, an area enclave north of the Texas Medical Center and located near Texas Southern University.

Famed architect John S. Chase designed the home as his personal residence. In June 1950, Chase became the first African American to enroll at a major university in the South and later became the first licensed African American architect in the state of Texas, according to the National Organization of Minority Architects -- an organization which Chase later co-founded. Chase was also the first African American to be admitted to the Texas Society of Architects and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Notable projects designed by Chase’s architecture firm include the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Washington Technical Institute, Links, Inc., National Headquarters, Delta Sigma Theta National Headquarters, the Harris County Astrodome Renovation, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Humanities at Texas Southern University.

As for the comparatively modest structure at 3512 Oakdale Street, its sleek exterior is distinctly mid-century modern, repping a flat roof and clerestory windows.

The home was originally designed as a one-story structure with a central atrium but was later expanded to include a second floor with a wall of windows, an additional bedroom and office as Chase’s family grew.

Notable features include oversized windows, a cantilevered staircase and an in-ground fountain.

“Owned and occupied by the Chase family for more than 60 years, this sale represents a rare opportunity to own a piece of architectural history that has been the subject of numerous books, publications and film and profiled by the likes of Texas Monthly & the Rice Design Alliance,” the listing reads.

Whether or not you have nearly one million to spare, you can still enjoy this rad Houston pad, courtesy of the internet.

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About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.