12923 Butterfly

The Architecture of Memorial Bend

William Norman Floyd
Year Built:1956
Original Owner:W.A. Mullane
Notable Past Residents:N/A
Publication:Houston Chronicle, April 22, 1956
Comments:This is one of the more unusual houses in Memorial Bend and the inspiration for our neighborhood's logo. A similar home (turned on its side but difficult to see as it is behind a fence) may exist on Mignon. There are less than half a dozen butterfly-roof houses in Memorial Bend.
Architectural Comments:Floyd was big on privacy and the headline in the Chronicle article about this house pointed that out. This L-shaped house features a carport next to what was originally the entrance for a hobby room. The corner of the L wraps around a courtyard behind the louvered fence. The entry area, found on the right side of the house, also has a small U-shaped courtyard.

The brick has recently been painted white but the natural gray color can still be seen on the column supporting the carport. A wing wall transitions from the brick facade to siding that leads to the home's side entrance.

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