In 1959, John S. Chase, Texas’s first licensed Black architect, laid claim to one of the state’s most radical houses

Editor’s note: The following text is excerpted from John S. Chase — The Chase Residence (Tower Books, 2020) by architect and University of Texas professor David Heymann and historian and Rice University lecturer Stephen Fox. Richly illustrated with archival materials and new drawings, the book is the first devoted to Chase, who was the first Black licensed architect in Texas. The study is divided into two parts, with Heymann examining the personal, social, and architectural significance of Chase’s own Houston house and Fox describing Chase’s architectural career. 

This excerpt draws on Heymann’s analysis, and highlights the first incarnation of the Chase Residence (Chase substantially

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