Preservation Houston Honors Architectural and Cultural Legacy

James Craig Furnishings participates in Preservation Houston Villa de LuxeHouston sometimes gets a bad rap for not restoring and celebrating its history. That’s why we are so excited to be pitching in for the Villa de Luxe Designer Showcase sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design™ magazine the first three weekends of February – that’s this weekend!

The event, at One Longfellow Lane, will kick-off Friday with Villa de Luxe Opening Night Soiree at the Speakeasy [tickets $250], unveiling the transformation of a stunning 1920s-era Venetian Revival-style estate in Shadyside, one of Houston’s oldest and most exclusive neighborhoods. Award-winning interior designers and Preservation Houston board members Jane-Page Crump and Bill Stubbs are co-chairs for the entire event. We were lucky enough to work with Jane-Page Design Group and provide a sectional for one of the rooms. Of course, we’ll also be at the Opening Night Soiree and hope to see you, too!Villa de Luxe will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, February 2, 9 and 16 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday February 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $30 at the door and $25 in advance available at this link.

Shadyside is a private place neighborhood, adjacent to Rice University and developed by Joseph S. Cullinan the founder of The Texas Company (Texaco). The Showhouse, at One Longfellow Lane, was built in 1926 for businessman and native Houstonian Frederick A. Heitmann, owner of Houston’s oldest hardware store, founded by his father in the 1860s. Heitmann was a prominent civic leader and proponent for Houston’s ship  channel and new (1924) art museum. Renowned architect William Ward Watkin designed the home. Watkin was Rice University’s first professor of Architecture and was head of the department for 40 years. In addition to the F.A. Heitmann estate, Watkin is associated with the design of such historical landmarks as Trinity Church, the Houston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts. The house and grounds of this historic mansion will be re-imagined by twenty of the city’s leading interior designers and architects. All participating designers’ work will complement the home’s historic features; particularly the finely detailed woodwork and paneling that are hallmarks of Watkins’s buildings. A different designer will be responsible for each of the mansion’s twenty rooms.

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