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Tour F: Anne Bass Residence - **SOLD OUT** - 26 waitlisted


2.00 HSW
2.00 LUH


Thursday, November 7, 2013
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Class Code: 7

Room / Location

Grand Lobby / Convention Center First Floor


Early: $50.00 Advanced: $50.00 Full: $50.00

Sponsored By

Dennehy Architects - Title Sponsor


This tour is sold out. There are currently 11 registrants waiting on the waitlist for any vacated seats.

Project: Anne Bass Residence

Architect: Paul Rudolph

Design Team: Preston M. Geren & Associates (Associate Architect); Bob Adcock (General Contractor); Robert Zion, Zion & Breen Associates, Russell Page (Landscape Consultants)

Tour Guide: Mark Gunderson, AIA, W. Mark Gunderson, Architect

In 1970, Anne and husband Sid Bass, who were both 28 years old at the time, commissioned renowned architect Paul Rudolph of New York City to design a private residence on a sloping wooded site in west Fort Worth. Both knew of his body of work through the Yale lectures of Vincent Scully and various built projects.

The resulting masterwork, with its grounds designed by Anne Bass with consultants Robert Zion and Russell Page, was completed in 1974. The architect confided to a friend in later years that it was his ‘best’ house, which coincides with the comments of most visitors. The house is rarely published – most recently in Lisa Germany’s Great Houses of Texas — and is rarely visited, except by small, private groups.

The “pinwheel” plan and basic house form allude to both Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe as Rudolph’s “spatial thrusts” extend into the carefully maintained landscape. The structure is essentially a three-story house with a private dance studio on top, as the owner has a passion and extensive involvement in the world of ballet.

If the Kimbell Art Museum is the qualitative ‘first’ stop for an architect coming to Fort Worth, this residence is the clear second. Tour guide W. Mark Gunderson, AIA, is intimately familiar with the house and its construction details, and has had the privilege of showing the house and grounds to hundreds of visitors from around the world.

This tour is highly restricted: no photography of any kind is allowed.



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