Architecture of space and light

HARLINGEN — The russet Saltillo tile spread through the home, from the kitchen to the dining room that seemed to flow into the living room.

Exposed brick rose from floor to ceiling, and windows along one wall seemed to deny the relevance of any separation. Instead, they invited the afternoon sunlight into the living room, where architects and architect enthusiasts toured the home.

“I love the way the house transcends down and unifies the open spaces,” said Michelle Honl, who teaches architecture in the Harlingen school district.

“I just love the open flow of the entire structure,” she said.

The group’s primary interest was mid-century modern architecture. Nydia Tapia-Gonzales, one of the tour leaders, said mid-century modernism was a movement that took place from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. It’s characterized by large windows and flat roofs. Two of the architects who built many of the Rio Grande Valley’s mid-century modernist homes were John York and Alan Taniguchi.

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