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Wylie Vale architecture collection

Identifier: MS 0625
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

Architectural drawings and related records for residential architecture projects by Wylie Vale, Jr.


  • 1950 - 1951

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center. Contact for assistance.

Biographical / Historical

Wylie Walker Vale, Sr., noted local and Texas architect, was born in Marceline, Missouri on July 22, 1916. His youth was spent in St. Louis, MO, after which his family moved to Houston where Wylie graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1934 and Rice Institute in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He married in 1939 the former Alliene Crittenden Guinn and in 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1943 from teh U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at the University of Notre Dame. Wylie returned to Houston after World War II and helped organize Piney Point Village. After working for the leading Houston architects such as Harvin Moore, Hermon Lloyd, Frank Zumwalt and Travis Broesche, he established his own firm of Wylie W. Vale & Associates. He was known for his unique approach he called "Contemporary Country," designed over 400 residences, 100 schools, 50 churches, commercial, collegiate and institutional projects throughout the country, and had a significant impact on the neighborhods of River Oaks, Memorial and Tanglewood. His new partnership in the 1960s became one of the largest architectural firms in Texas and designed many notable projects. Wylie designed his last house at the age of 86. He died in Austin, TX at the age of 96 on Jan. 24, 2013.


4 Linear Feet (1 box / 1 map drawer)

Language of Materials



Architectural drawings and related records for residential architecture projects by Wylie Vale, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Benjamin Hill on Feb. 19, 2015.
Guide to the Wylie Vale architecture collection, 1950-1951
Lee Pecht
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA