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.