Eight fab modern dwellings open their doors Saturday with architects leading the tour

By Sarah T. Cusack 

8310 Will Jordan Way by studioMET. Photo by Michael Hunter


1819 Southmore Boulevard  by Intexture Architects. Courtesy photo


11 Gage Court by Merge Architects. Courtesy photo


6003 Floyd Street by Scott Ballard. Courtesy photo


5313 Chenevert Street by Dreamscape Modern. Courtesy photo


1529 Indiana Street by MaRS Culture.


5146 Braesheather Drive by Pena-Miguelez. Courtesy photo


1605 Welch by Allegro Modern. Courtesy photo


Modern Architecture + Design Society (MA+DS, formerly Modern Home Tours) is hosting the sixth annual tour of modern homes on Saturday, September 24. This year's Modern dwellings

 include eight homes that are peppered around Memorial Drive, Montrose, the Museum District and Bellaire. Throughout the tour, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the homes' architects, including MaRS Culture, Intexure ArchitectsMERGE Architects, and Dreamscape Modern.

The name change happened over the summer to reflect a slightly upgraded version of the organization, described by a press release as "a new multimedia property that aims to create a vibrant, global community of modern architecture and design enthusiasts through multiple platforms that inspire engagement with the people, places and things that define the 'modern' movement,"

Showcasing "modern residential architecture" remains the fundamental mission, Veep Ken Shallcross said on a phone call from New York, but MA+DS will make its online presence more interactive, with the exhibition of modern architecture homes that could not be on the regular tour. MA+DS organizes tours in Calgary, Vancouver, Austin, Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

Staffing at the Houston tour is being provided by Lawndale Art Center, which, for the fifth year in a row, is the tour's non-profit beneficiary. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the tour; children under 12 are free when they accompany their parents. Details on the tour route, parking, traffic, and etiquette are provided via email when you purchase tickets, which you can do at mads.media (and yes, ".media" is now an acceptable ending for a URL ... modern, indeed).