Mark Lamster: Back to the Future: Revisiting the House of the Century

Recorded Tuesday, September 13, 2022

House of the Century, near Houston, Texas

When it was built near Angleton in the early 1970s, the House of the Century was a vision of the future. Avant-garde San Francisco collective Ant Farm gave the curvy concrete structure a Plexiglas entrance tunnel, porthole windows, padded walls and transparent plumbing.

The nearby Brazos River flooded the property in 1985, ruining the home’s interiors, and today the House of the Century is a vine-covered shell. Should the house be restored or left to rot, moved or replicated?

On September 13, 2022, preservation Houston and author, architecture critic and professor Mark Lamster explored the story of the House of the Century and how this unique building might be saved. A Q&A with Lamster followed the presentation.

A special guest, Richard Jost, one of the original builders of the House of the Century, joined the call.

Presented in association with the Preservation Houston/Pier & Beam and Houston Mod.


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