Top: Candid Rogers
Middle: Rogers working with students
Bottom: Award-winning renovated home
Texas Society of Architects honors Candid Rogers
By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist
(Nov. 15, 2007)--The Texas Society of Architects (TSA) recently presented a design award to UTSA architecture lecturer Candid Rogers, AIA, during their annual convention in Austin. The award was for his renovated home and studio, which revitalized an 1870s-era stonework home in one of San Antonio's oldest neighborhoods.
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Located south of downtown, Lavaca is one of the area's oldest neighborhoods with an estimated 600 homes, many of which have remained in the same families for generations. Roger's home is believed to date to 1873 and the historic two-room limestone structure has served as an anchor for the redevelopment of the property.
Rogers refurbished the basement into a working studio, added a wing for a kitchen and bathroom, and a wing for a master bedroom, master bath, guest bedroom and porch.
Jurors noted Rogers' attention to architecture theory and techniques. He stripped away the original plaster façade, which covered classic limestone walls. Rather than copy the original structure, the house's wings and detached garage are clearly additions, utilizing cedar and galvanized metal, which TSA juror Peter Bohlin said provided a "contemporary frame" for the classical home.
Rogers' home was recognized in 2006 by the Lavaca Neighborhood Association with a Movers and Shakers Award. According to neighborhood association president Joan Carbabin , while several homes in the Lavaca neighborhood were being renovated, Rogers' project represented one of the most dramatic improvements to a neglected property.
Rogers' work also was honored with a merit award from the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects.