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Lumber, oil, and ranching tycoon James Marion West (1871-1941) and his wife, Jessie Dudley (1871-1953), hired eminent Houston architect Joseph Finger to design this 17,000-square foot house as headquarters for their 30,000-acre ranch. Built in 1929-30, it is an excellent example of the Italian renaissance revival style. It features exceptional ironwork by Berger & Son, classical pediments and arched windows. Subsequent owners include Humble Oil and Rice University.

For several years it served as the home of the Lunar Science Institute -- Click for link

Lumber, oil, and ranching tycoon James Marion West (1871-1941) and his wife, Jessie Dudley (1871-1953), hired eminent Houston architect Joseph Finger to design this 17,000-square foot house as headquarters for their 30,000-acre ranch. Built in 1929-30, it is an excellent example of the Italian renaissance revival style. It features exceptional ironwork by Berger & Son, classical pediments and arched windows. Subsequent owners include Humble Oil and Rice University.

For several years it served as the home of the Lunar Science Institute -- Click for link

These towers run along a pipeline right-of-way at the back gate of the Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas

These towers run along a pipeline right-of-way at the back gate of the Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas

These towers run along a pipeline right-of-way at the back gate of the Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas

These towers run along a pipeline right-of-way at the back gate of the Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas

Thanks for the kind words.

How did a chap from Canada happen on a picture from the Santa Fe, Texas area.

I like this picture. I would have subdued the light on the upper right like I've shown here http://goo.gl/I8Gam

I may have taken it a little too far, but you get the idea.

The Bishop's Palace in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Texas. The American Institute of Architects lists the home as one of the 100 most significant buildings in the United States, and the Library of Congress has classified it as one of the fourteen most representative Victorian structures in the nation.

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