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Houston's Only Googie Apartment Building Hits the Market

The building above—a six-unit Houston apartment building asking $710K—was introduced to a national audience in 1952, when the now-defunct House and Home magazine ran a piece entitled "Googie Architecture." That was the first time that phrase had ever been used, notes Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Gray, who describes the anything-goes, rule-breaking style simply: one that mixed "the Space Age with the Stone Age." Designed by architectural engineer Arthur Moss in 1950, the Penguin Arms, she argues, "looks like something that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for George Jetson." There seems to be some healthy debate as to what will actually happen to the place now that it's for sale; commenters on local real estate blog Swamplot are torn between loving it—"OK mod lovers, this is your ONE BIG CHANCE"—and believe it's just a ratty ol' teardown. Writes one woman who lived there in 1988 ("Even back then the building was in much need of repair"): "I hope someone will restore it. It’s a Houston landmark."

· Penguin Arms, Houston's Only Googie Apartment Building, Now For Sale [Swamplot]
· 2902 Revere Street, Houston, Texas [HAR]
· Anything-goes architecture (the good kind) [Houston Chronicle]