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.
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
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