Tom Moore obtained his architectural degree in 1936, the year one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most renowned houses, Fallingwater, was built in rural Pennsylvania. Moore was influenced by this building primarily for its innovative, if imperfect, use of reinforced concrete in horizontal and cantilever construction.  Intrigued by the engineering and architectural work of Luigi Nervi, Alvar Aalto, and le Corbusier, implementing concepts of wide-span structural concrete would become integral in much of Moore’s architecture for the next thirty years.

In 1937 Moore was hired as draftsman and designer with the Denver firm Frewen & Morris, where his first professional job was in planning and design of the new Boulder High School on Arapahoe Ave.  At this time he also began his private practice with projects for two personal friends — a mountain home for James Quigg Newton and a Denver residence for Dr. Karl Arndt.

 

The Newton Summer House, Grant Colorado – 1937

The Newton House shortly after completion, visible on rock outcropping before it was obscured by aspens.

Tom’s first independent work, 1937, was for James Quigg Newton. It was a rather conventional design for a large summer home near Guanella Pass in the mountains west of Denver. For this project, he also designed built-in cabinetry and free-standing furniture for specific interior locations.

Arndt Residence at E. Exposition Ave, Denver – 1938

The Arndt Residence in 2012

Moore’s second project, 1938, was the Karl Arndt residence on East Exposition Ave. in Denver. This design was purely International Style, one of several modern structures that appeared in Denver between 1935 and World War II, and which, along with the works of Caspar Hegner, Victor Hornbein, and Burnham Hoyt, would influence the construction of houses and apartment & office buildings in Denver for decades.