AD Stenger was an Austin Texas architect who started building houses in the 1940s and continued all the way up to his last house in 1999 just a few years before his death. He had a really unique and recognizable style, and focused on a couple of prominent areas such as Barton Hills and Westlake & some in Pemberton Heights. I was smitten with the first Stenger house I ever walked in at my friends house on Airole Way in Barton Hills about 12 years ago. After that I started noticing them, and loving them more.
Some of the features that make his houses stand out are walls of windows that helped let in natural light, clerestory windows that followed the low peaked roof lines, stained concrete floors which are so popular now days and most noticablely the way he brought the stonework from the outside, inside, mostly to a fireplace and an interior entry way wall. These stones were quarried from the actual building sites.
I felt so lucky when I had the opportunity to list a Stenger house this April but it went under contract in just 4 days, so I didn’t get to do my big old Stenger excited gushy post back then. Here is the virtual tour of that house as it looked when I listed it:
It needed some work, had not been updated in a while, the color was definitely not mid-century modern style. I really really hoped that whoever bought it was going to remodel with a similar love for Stenger & MCM design (yes, we mid-century modern nerds call it MCM) and not gut and butcher.
Just the other day when looking through one of my favorite websites for MCM houses in austin – ModernAustin.com I stumbled on a posting and link to a blog by the buyers of my Dexter listing! They are chronicling their re-model and YES, they are enthusiasts!! Check out what they have done with the house so far: Dexter House . I really hope to get a visit when they are finished.
Despite the thrill I had in listing & marketing an AD Stenger home, by far the biggest thrill was becoming friends with and hanging out with the people that lived in it, the legendary Pinetop Perkins & his beloved care giver Barry…but that’s another post
Meanwhile here is some info about AD Stenger from his daughter’s website – it includes some good photos: http://www.hsafe.org/texas/
Here are some photos on flickr from a UT exhibit about AD Stenger (lot’s of info about him!!) http://www.flickr.com/photos/waepoint/sets/72157605338706333/