John F. Staub

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John Fanz Staub (September 12, 1892 – April 13, 1981) was a residential architect who designed numerous traditionally-styled homes and mansions, mostly in Houston, Texas, from the 1920s to 1960s.[1]

Early life[edit]

John F. Staub was born on September 12, 1892 in Tennessee. He earned a master's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1916.


Staub became an architect. He was noted for his ability to combine selected elements from historical styles into unique creations that expressed the architect's own sensibilities and the demands of his commissions.[citation needed] His houses are prized for their attention to detail and the thoughtful consideration placed to site location.[citation needed] Staub's homes are generally large, though most eschew ostentation and instead reveal the architect's preference for understated elegance. Staub designed many homes in the prestigious Houston neighborhood of River Oaks. His most famous work is Bayou Bend, a mansion built in 1927 for oil heiress Ima Hogg. Miss Hogg donated the estate and its collection of antique decorative arts to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1966.


Staub died on April 13, 1981.


  1. ^ Barnstone, Howard. "Staub, John Fanz". The Texas Handbook Online, published by the Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 3, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010.

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