Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Wylie Vale architecture collection, 1950-1951 MS 625

creator Vale, Wylie, 1916-2013
Title: Wylie Vale architecture collection
Dates: 1950-1951
Identification: MS 625
Quantity: 4 Linear Feet1 box / 1 map drawer
Language: English
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Wylie Walker Vale, Sr., noted local and Texas architect, was born in Marceline, Missouri on July 22, 1916. His youth was spent in St. Louis, MO, after which his family moved to Houston where Wylie graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1934 and Rice Institute in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He married in 1939 the former Alliene Crittenden Guinn and in 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1943 from teh U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at the University of Notre Dame. Wylie returned to Houston after World War II and helped organize Piney Point Village. After working for the leading Houston architects such as Harvin Moore, Hermon Lloyd, Frank Zumwalt and Travis Broesche, he established his own firm of Wylie W. Vale & Associates. He was known for his unique approach he called "Contemporary Country," designed over 400 residences, 100 schools, 50 churches, commercial, collegiate and institutional projects throughout the country, and had a significant impact on the neighborhods of River Oaks, Memorial and Tanglewood. His new partnership in the 1960s became one of the largest architectural firms in Texas and designed many notable projects. Wylie designed his last house at the age of 86. He died in Austin, TX at the age of 96 on Jan. 24, 2013.

Scope and Contents

Architectural drawings and related records for residential architecture projects by Wylie Vale, Jr.


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center. Contact woodson@rice.edu for assistance.

Index Terms

architectural drawings (visual works)
receipts (financial records)
letters (correspondence)
Architecture -- Texas -- Houston -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Benjamin Hill on Feb. 19, 2015.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Box Folder
1 1 Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Harley Dodd, Houston, TX 1950
2 Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Jess E. Finch, Houston, TX
3 Residence for Mr. & Mrs. R.M. McDannald, Houston, TX
4 Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Joel A. Newsome, Houston, TX
5 Residence for Dr. & Mrs. Carlos A. Slaughter, Sugarland, TX 1950
6 Residence for Mr. & Mrs. W.K. Wood, Houston, TX
7 Unidentified residence: plumbing and gas fitting, plumbing fixtures, special items
8 Unidentified residence: electrical work, plastering, masonry, carpentry, floors, millwork, sheet metal, plumbing and gas fitting, plumbing fixtures, special items
9 Unidentified residence: hardware, millwork, electrical work, tile and mosaic, sheet metal, painting and decorating, plumbing and gas fitting, plumbing fixtures, special items
10 Unidentified residence: sections, details

Building pamphlets, receipts

Box Folder
1 11 Receipt for wood job, Katy, TX -Rouse Lumber & Bldg. Co. 1951-05-10
11 Kohler plumbing fixtures roughing-in measurements for Slaughter job (2 pamphlets)
11 New principle for heating, Panelray

Architectural drawings

155 Residence for M/M Harley Dold: floor & foundation plans, sections, beam schedules, elevations, door schedules, details, plot plan 1950-08
Residence for Dr. & Mrs. Carlos A. Slaughter: floor & foundation plans, elevations, sections, details, plot plan, schematic wiring 1950-04-28
Residence for M/M Jess E. Finch: floor plans, elevations, plot plans, sections
Residence for Chester Jordan: floor & foundation plans, beam schedule, elevations, sections 1951-04
Residence for M/M W.W. Zingery: floor & foundation plans, elevations, details, sections, plot plan, air conditioning plan 1951-02
Installation details for frigid fount; Rouse Lumber & Bldg. Co., Houston, TX