East 27th Street Houses


East 27th Street Houses
2012, 2013, 2014

The anonymous urban houses built in Galveston between the 1870s and the 1900s on long narrow lots served as a model for this speculative housing project in Sunset Heights. The resulting four houses, built on 25-foot wide lots, are 19-feet wide and take advantage of a rear alley for car access thus leaving the front of the houses with porches open to the street. In their lack of decorative detail these new houses echo the “less is enough” ethos of the modest bungalows from the 1920s and 1930s that now surround them, but that are rapidly being demolished in place of larger houses elaborated with a variety of historic styles.  This was a design-build project.

Photos and drawings: Ben Koush