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Win a Copy of “John S. Chase—The Chase Residence”

John S. Chase, the first African American licensed architect in Texas, designed one of Houston’s finest modernist houses.

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Contest Ends July 31, 2021

The low-slung brick home that architect John Saunders Chase completed for his own family in 1959 was Houston’s first modernist house with a true interior courtyard, a form with which other progressive architects were only starting to experiment. It was equally radical that he built it at all.

When Chase graduated from University of Texas School of Architecture in 1952—the first African American to do so—no Houston architecture firm would hire him. Chase petitioned the state for special permission to take the licensing exam, becoming the first African American registered as an architect in Texas. By 1959, he ran his own thriving firm and had established a position of remarkable influence in Houston’s social, political and economic life. The Chase residence, in both its original version and after a fundamental alteration undertaken in 1968, is a testament to Chase’s accomplishments.

Published by University of Texas Press, the beautifully illustrated John S. Chase—The Chase Residence examines how the architecture of this seminal but little-known house frames the life lived within it. It places the house in the larger context of Chase’s architectural career and his times. The book is also intended for readers broadly interested in the relationship between American architecture and society.

Contest Rules

• You must be a member of a Texas electric cooperative to enter.

• The deadline for entries is July 31, 2021.

• No purchase necessary.

• Online entries only. One entry per person (multiple entries will be disqualified).

• Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and a legal U.S. resident.

• Current employees of Texas Electric Cooperatives and their immediate families are not eligible.

• One winning entry will be drawn August 3, 2021. We will notify the winner by August 6, 2021. If we cannot contact the winner by 5 p.m. on August 10, 2021, another entry will be drawn.

• Prizes are not transferable.

• The winner is solely responsible for any taxes incurred.

• The winner’s name and likeness may be used in promotional materials related to the contest.

• By entering the contest, contestants agree to the above rules and regulations.