Harlingen Celebrates its Midcentury Modern Architecture with a Tour

HARLINGEN, TEXAS (OCT. 7, 2019) – Harlingen Mod’s mission is to showcase and promote our city’s midcentury modern architecture and design.

Recently, Harlingen Mod became an RGVMod affiliate that aims to celebrate the architects of the Lower Rio Grande. Architects like John G. York and Alan Y. Taniguchi, made their marks designing various buildings and homes throughout Harlingen.

This Saturday, Oct. 12, Harlingen Mod will join a Docomomo US tour. Harlingen made the line-up of national tours presented by Docomomo US. The non-profit that is dedicated to enriching communities and culture through the understanding of modern architecture and design.

Some of the buildings on the tour include the Palmer House, Lester Swanson House, Crockett Elementary, McKelvey House, and Laurel Park.

What is midcentury modern architecture? It’s an architectural aesthetic that was popular in the 1940s through the 1960s and the style was about embracing the future – think the era of astronauts landing on the moon, “The Jetsons,” and the country’s obsession with science fiction at the time.

To this day, midcentury modern architects and designers are still household names: Herman Miller, Knoll, Inc., and Frank Lloyd Wright. Regionally, RGVMod works to foster the conversation and the preservation of many of the Valley’s midcentury buildings that include commercial and private buildings.

To be part of the tour, email rgvmod@gmail.com for ticket information. Participants must be at the Texas Travel Information Center by 12:45 p.m. Tour is $20 and $18 for Docomomo members. The tour includes a social at 4 p.m. at Laurel Park. Follow the Harlingen MOD Facebook page for updates.