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Kempner House Architectural Plans

Identifier: MSS 1393

Content Description

Transparencies and contact prints of architectural plans to Kempner House


  • 1946; 1949-1950

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Kempner House Architectural Plans must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Issac Herbert Kempner, Jr was born October 1, 1906 in Galveston, Texas. The son and namesake of the Imperial Sugar Company’s founder, I.H. Kempner, Jr. eventually became the company’s president. He received a degree from Harvard University and served in the United States Navy. Kempner married Mary Carroll in 1930. During the New Deal era, Kempner and W.H. “Bill” Louviere created a comfortable air-conditioned packaging room for Imperial Sugar Company staff. They also improved worker’s living conditions in company-built housing and provided affordable mortgages on newly built homes, regardless of race. Kempner died of lung cancer on October 20, 1953.

In the late 1940s, I.H. and Mary Carroll Kempner hired architect Edward Durrell Stone to design their home at 3688 Willowick in River Oaks. Houstonian Thomas E. Greacen II was the associated architect. This house stayed in the Kempner family until 1997 when it was sold to the Sprague family. The house was demolished in 2000.


.375 Linear Feet (1 negative box)

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This collection is also listed in HMRC’s Architectural Archives Database as Key 10239.

Series 1 Prints Series 2 Negatives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by I.H.Kempner and James C. Kempner on September 27, 2001.

Related Materials

OH 0088 Harris L. Kempner; OH 0088 Harris L. Kempner; OH 612 and OH 613 I. H. Kempner

Processing Information

Processed by Samantha Bruer
Kempner House Architectural Plans
Samantha Bruer
August 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002