In 1957, famed San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford deftly designed this house on the sloping sylvan landscape, sited to provide the feeling of a country home in the city.
The site boasts two heritage live oaks, tested to be over 350 years old, which stand as the “lion’s gate” pediment framing the second-floor master suite. The restoration erased previous renovations imposed by the four prior owners and opened the space to celebrate 360-degree views of the environment. Steel frame windows were introduced and extended up to the roof to provide views of the tree canopies and bathe the ceiling in natural light. Grand Canyon Flagstone floors step down into public spaces and flow out to the exterior patios and terraces creating a lava flow effect — reinforcing the linkage with outdoors. The three double wythe brick walls that define the public spaces and direct the views to the wooded site returned as prominent elements of the parti diagram restoring the spirit and vibrance of the classic mid-century O’Neil Ford design.
- Truax Construction
- Dror Baldinger FAIA
- San Antonio, Texas
- Completed October 2020