An eighth-generation Texan and native Houstonian, JD Bartell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design with a minor in Architecture. With his first love in historical preservation, he immediately established a reputation for restorations and remodels, working on 40+ projects: including 10 house moves and restorations, the building guidelines for the Old Sixth Ward Historic District (Houston’s first, and a model for many), national publications, and two Good Brick Awards from the (GHPA) Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. In 2016 JD Bartell became the first Chair for the City of Houston Historic Preservation Appeals Board. Recognized for a depth and breadth of knowledge about how to integrate historical architectural perspectives into the development of a growing city, JD was appointed to two full terms of the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission and left his third term when he was appointed to the Houston Planning Commission.
This precise detailing of historically accurate architecture led to numerous large new projects in Houston neighborhoods with strict aesthetic guidelines, for clients who wanted houses that referenced many visions, from high-style French and Tudor to definitive Victorian and Arts and Crafts. The mastery of the necessary intricacies of these specific exterior styles extends to the interiors, where JD has created custom details in cabinetry, mouldings, and light fixtures, and has worked with area craftsmen to create Period-referencing interiors that reflect a keen understanding of the way people actually live in houses today.