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Landmarks of Longview tour in Bramlette Place this weekend

By Sherry Koonce
Sept. 20, 2012 at 11 p.m.

A community of garden homes nestled among tall East Texas pines will be showcased this weekend during the annual Landmarks of Longview architectural tour.

Scheduled Saturday and Sunday as a fundraiser to benefit the the Gregg County Historical Museum, this year's event features six modern-style homes in Longview's Bramlette Place Addition, off of McCann Road.

The tour kicks off Friday night with a private reception honoring this year's Preservation Award recipient, Margaret Gerig Martin.

"She is an amazing woman who has done so of things for Gregg County. She is being honored for her generosity and spirit," said Neina Kennedy, Gregg County Historical Museum director.

This year's home tour of Bramlette Place is held in Martin's honor.

When architects Jim Buie and Robert Allen designed the unique homes in the 1970s, the homes - built on land purchased from Joseph Bramlette - were the first of their kind in Longview.

"One of our goals was to retain the integrity of the site and keep as many trees as we can. Fortunately, they are still there," Buie said.

With the desire to not only save, but highlight lush vegetation, the homes were built on a zero lotline, and featured winding driveways, flat roofs and soaring windows to provide a sense of oneness with the surroundings.

"It was the first such development in East Texas, and was a bold thing for East Texas," Kennedy said.

This weekend's tour marks the 13th year that examples of area architecture have been opened for public viewing.

"People have really enjoyed the tours throughout the years," Kennedy said. "Bramlette Place is in neighborhood where people can walk from home to home, and visit with others along the way, Kennedy said.

Bramlette Place homeowners showcasing their residences are: Anne Hanrahan, No. 4; Lisa Wylie, No. 5; Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Lawrence, No. 9; Mr. and Mrs. Gene McWhorter, No. 23; Mr. and Mrs. LeGrande Northcutt, No. 24; and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barron, No. 34.

Bramlette Place architects, Buie and Allen, will be in the Club House where refreshments will be served and music provided by pianist Nancy McWhorter.

Those attending can park at Rader Funeral Home, 1617 Judson Road, and take the shuttle to Bramlette Place.



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