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Houston Builders Collection

Identifier: MSS 0393

Scope and Contents

This collection contains promotional materials and floor plans from various companies and subdivisions from the Houston suburbs.


  • 1981-1984

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Houston Builders Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

This collection is a reflection of the wealth of new developments and home owners Houston saw in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Houston’s housing market boomed in the very early part of the decade and expanded the city’s suburban sprawl. The building companies represented in the collection built and sold many homes, but often received little profit due to mortgage deals and financing breaks offered to entice buyers. Their response was to build more but smaller houses to lure consumers away from the city’s tight rental market. In 1982 alone, Houston led the nation with 30,000 new homes sold. However, with the onset of the oil bust starting in 1983, many of these homes went into foreclosure or sat vacant without buyers due to the area's interconnectedness with the fate of the oil and gas industry.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Arranged in alphabetical order by folder title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jonathon and Suzanne Mark in 1990.
Houston Builders Collection
Samantha Bruer
April 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


(832) 393-1662

The African American Library at the Gregory School
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002
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