austin architecture: Harwell Hamilton Harris' Cranfill Apartments (1959)

Harwell Hamilton Harris, a student of Richard Neutra's who worked on the Lovell Health House, served as the head of the architecture department at The University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, he designed a couple places including the Cranfill Apartments in 1959.

We were able to tour the Cranfill Apartments several years ago and see two units, and they are quite special. I'm not a fan of tunnel apartments (windows on one side and, if you are lucky, on the opposite), but Harris expertly addressed the challenge by creating a two-story east-facing window wall that glazes upon a garden.

This perfectly-decorated unit, lovingly photographed by Patrick Wong for TVOA, is stunning (and available for $495K!).

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