Harlingen Mod is a new affiliate of RGVMod. Its mission is to educate and promote the preservation of midcentury modern architecture and design. To inspire the recognition and conservation of this cultural legacy in Harlingen, Texas.
Harlingen was where the two most celebrated mid-twentieth-century modern architects of the Lower Río Grande—John G. York and Alan Y. Taniguchi—made their home—and their marks.
York and Taniguchi personified Harlingen’s commitment to cutting-edge modern design. Between them, they exported the exciting new style of Harlingen modern architecture to other Valley communities.
York and Taniguchi did not work in isolation. John York’s partner from 1948 to 1954, Walter C. Bowman, carried the torch of Harlingen modern design into the 1960s with his next set of partners, E. Lester Swanson and James W. Hiester. Together they founded the firm that exists today as SHW, one of the largest architectural firms in Texas.
Charles B. Croft collaborated first with York, then became Taniguchi’s partner, producing startling designs executed in reinforced concrete.
Tommy T. Carruth and Robert W. Cline teamed up with their architecture instructor, Edward J. Romieniec, to start a practice that produced such landmarks as the Seville Motor Hotel.
William B. Lambeth worked at various times with Bowman, York, and Taniguchi.
These were the architects responsible for the Harlingen “school” of mid-century modern architecture: imaginative, inventive, and innovative architecture that put Harlingen on the map of national architectural consciousness.
The Mod Society
The Mod Society is a group of creative individuals with a passion for preserving mid-20th-century architecture and advocates for education on the importance of modern design principles and historic preservation.