celebrate fehr & granger's legacy with two special open houses this fall

Mid Tex Mod is excited to host two open houses in celebration of Fehr & Granger, Architects - Austin Modernists, an exhibit presented by the Austin History Center (AHC) in conjunction with AIA Austin. This selection of midcentury photographs of the firm’s midcentury works draws from the AHC’s collection and will be on display at the Austin Center for Architecture (801 West 12th Street) from August 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017. Festivities kick off with the exhibit opening on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This event by the AHC and AIA Austin is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. See AIA Austin’s website for details.

Mid Tex Mod will host the following open houses, inspired by the exhibition, at Fehr & Granger-designed homes. Each event will feature a brief discussion with the homeowners and their preservation architects. 

Refreshments provided, and RSVPs to info@midtexmod.org are required.

As always, donations in support of Mid Tex Mod’s mission are greatly appreciated!

darnall house - THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY!

date: thursday, september 7

time: 6pm to 8pm
FREE! rsvp required


We wish we could fit everyone but we're at capacity. Thank you for respecting the homeowner's wishes to keep this event small and manageable for their family.

If you already RSVP-ed to our info@ account, thank you! You'll receive a confirmation email with the event address within the week.

If you didn't RSVP, you can still join us at our Granger House event below.

The Dr. Charles and Gertrude Darnall House is one of Fehr & Granger’s earliest works, and one of the earliest built International Style residential designs in Austin. This newly-designated City of Austin Landmark has been lovingly rehabbed by its current owenrs with architect Derek Barcinski of Atlantis Architects. The owners purchased the home from the Darnall family in 2014 and have meticulously preserved its extensive original hardware and built-ins from 1941.

Darnall House, 1941 (Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, AR-2009-014-001, Photograph by St Thomas NY)

granger house and the perchIMG 2081

date: tuesday, september 19 
location: 805 West 16th Street 
time: 6pm to 8pm 
FREE! rsvp required

Charles Granger designed his own home in Austin’s Judges Hill neighborhood in two phases. The Perch, a tiny International Style garage apartment, was completed in 1938 after Granger’s return to Austin following a stint working for Richard Neutra in Los Angeles. The larger Granger House followed in 1951, with a masterful design which marks the evolution of the architect’s style. Its current owerns, working with Jay Farrell Architect, have been stewards of this architectural treasure for nearly 20 years. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a City of Austin Landmark.

Photo: Granger House in 2017.

RSVP to info@midtexmod.org by Friday, September 15.

about fehr & granger

Arthur Fehr (1904–1969) and Charles Granger (1913-1966) were pioneers in Central Texas Modernism. Both Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, their award-winning work garnered national attention and helped put Austin, still small city dominated by state politics and the University of Texas, on the map for modern design at midcentury. Fehr & Granger’s nearly thirty-year partnership was broken only temporarily by World War II, and then finally by Granger’s untimely death in 1966. The firm designed every building type, from the now-demolished Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (1958) to the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School campus (mid-1950s). Architectural Record and Progressive Architecture regularly featured their works, reinforcing the firm’s influence as well as its place in Austin’s architectural legacy.