Category: Homes

Midcentury Modern Homes in Harlingen, Texas

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 […]

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 […]