John W. McKelvey House

Year Built – 1949 Architect: Cocke, Bowman & York McKelvey Residence, Harlingen TX: John York was one of the most prominent mid-century architects in the Valley.  His work displayed a will and thoughtfulness that was unparalleled among his peers.  As can be expected, the years had not been kind to 1909 South Parkwood.  While the […]

House of Mo-Rose Packing Shed in Nearby Rancho Viejo


House of Mo-Rose Packing Shed, Rancho Viejo, 1961, Taniguchi & Croft Alan Taniguchi and his partner Charles Croft were especially identified with the use of thin-shell technology in the Valley. Their House of Mo-Rose citrus packing shed of 1961 was roofed by an economical system of cast-in-place concrete hyperbolic paraboloid vaults. Harlingen Mod is celebrating […]

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New Owner of Taniguchi – Designed Home Knew the Architect Personally

This article by Nydia Tapia-Gonzales was published by in March of 2014. Jack King was no stranger to Alan Y. Taniguchi’s architecture when he bought a house in Harlingen’s Laurel Park, for Jack studied under Taniguchi at the University of Texas back in 1967. “It was only for one semester, but I still remember […]

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William A. Black House

Lake Drive – 1953, Alan Y. Taniguchi This is an early house by Taniguchi. Built in the Matz-Leggett Addition, an elite but scenically nondescript subdivision north of downtown Harlingen, it is nonetheless an astounding work. The house is built on a lot where Lake Drive makes a bend. In response to the curve of the […]

Swanson Home

In 1958, Architect E. Lester Swanson designed and built this home in Harlingen for his family. in addition to the house’s modernistic design, the family has an interesting history of its own. His wife Betty, who is no longer living, was the sister of the Brownsville historian, Ruby Armstrong Wooldridge. They were the great-granddaughters of […]

The Top Ten Myths About Historic Preservation

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by Ken Bernstein It often surprises me how many misunderstandings abound concerning historic preservation – with some people closing their minds to preservation based on inaccurate information, and others clinging to unrealistic expectations about the impacts or benefits of preservation tools. As a starting point in clearing up these misconceptions, I offer up a “ […]