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2110 River Oaks Boulevard

Renowned Houston architect John Staub was famous for architectural diversity. His stunning homes ranged from medieval chateaux to classic Georgian and Greek Revival structures with a twist Staub liked to call “Latin Colonial.” This home, completed in 1933, is rendered in the Tudor/Jacobean transition style and exhibits Staub’s signature understatement and control. According to Howard Barnstone in his book, The Architecture of John F. Staub, this house was inspired by Montacute House, a manor Staub had seen in Kent in 1929. As with many of his houses with the luxury of expansive grounds, Staub reversed the front and rear elevations to insure private arrivals, and lengthened the approach with a curving sweep of drive around the north elevation.

A two-story addition was completed by noted architect P. M. Frost in the 1970s which greatly expanded the interior space while retaining the home’s iconic, street-side facade. The magnificent front door was relocated to the new front beneath a portico and brick columns.

Inside, the more recent and vintage structures join seamlessly and stretch from the magnificent reception room near the entrance, paneled in French Rococo boiserie, through a wide gallery lined with full-view windows into the main house. A magnificent, quintessential Staub curving staircase winds to the second level from a stair hall floored in black and white marble tile. The formal living room offers polished hardwood floors, floor- to-ceiling windows, acanthus leaf bracket molding, and a marble fireplace from Jackson & Co., New York. A quiet morning room with rich paneling adjoins the living room. The enormous dining room is clad in glorious vintage Zuber wall covering depicting a vignette of early American landscapes.

A charming, light-filled breakfast room adjoins both kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has been reconfigured and updated with a central island, paneled SubZero, commercial-grade Russell Range, and stainless steel Thermadore double ovens and warming drawer.

On the second level, the master suite overlooks the rear (street-side) lawn and gardens and features hardwood floors, a spacious updated bath with custom-designed tile, a glass-enclosure shower, and jetted tub. The room-sized, light-filled walk-in closet customized by Programme Martin is surrounded by three walls of casement windows. Polished hardwood floors unite three secondary bedrooms, two with en suite baths and a third with private access to a hall bath. A gallery with full-view windows leads to the large family/media room lined with built-in bookshelves and media cabinets, and a ceiling projector and drop-down movie screen. The family room and next door game room access a wide slate balcony which spans the front (rear) elevation of the house. Both are served by an adjoining full bath.

The grounds 1.642 acres (per HCAD) feature a brick-edged drive and parking court, a fountain pool, and brick and pebble paths. Parterre gardens, sheltered by mature trees, surround a central croquet lawn.

This Houston home is currently for sale and is listed with MTP.
This was previously posted on another blog, this home may no longer be for sale; please inquire.