Some of the best homes in Dallas are designed by architects who predominantly built important commercial structures, schools or sacred spaces. This is certainly the case with architect C.W. Bulger. He designed churches, schools, the first skyscraper in Dallas and architecturally significant homes. National award-winning real estate Broker Douglas Newby has selected for you examples of homes designed by architect C.W. Bulger.
Thoughts on the Contributions of Architect C.W. Bulger & Son
Architect C.W. Bulger moved from Galveston to Dallas in 1905 and joined other great architects in creating the modern era of Dallas architecture. C.W. Bulger’s classically designed churches were a departure from the Gothic churches being built and attracted the attention of the Baptist church which had him design the Gaston Avenue Baptist Church on Gaston Avenue and Haskell Avenue in 1905, which is now Criswell College.
C. W. Bulger and his son, Clarence C. Bulger, specialized in and designed over 75 churches in Texas and many more in 20 states. When Clarence graduated from the University of Chicago in 1903 he joined his father and moved from Galveston to Dallas. They designed in 1907 the Praetorian Building, the first skyscraper in Texas. In 1902, C. W. Bulger designed Gaston Avenue Baptist Church, now Criswell College and later Crockett School. C.W. Bulger and Clarence Bulger designed architecturally significant homes in many of my favorite neighborhoods. C.W. Bulger & Son designed one of the finest homes on Swiss Avenue at 5105 Swiss Avenue. This father and son architectural team also designed homes on Lakeside Drive in 1910, in Lakewood in 1923 and in Northern Hills in 1949. They worked in an eclectic style that succeeded in every decade.
When C.W. Bulger died in 1922, his honorary pallbearers were an all-star cast of business leaders and great Dallas architects.Business leaders included J.H. Cullum and leading architects C.A. Barnett, E.F. Davis, Roscoe Dewitt, C.D. Hill, W.C. Love, J. Edward Overbeck, C.H.Griesenbeck, Hal Thomson, Otto Lang, FrankWitchell, F.J.Woerner, D.F. Coburn, Herbert M. Greene, MarionFoosheeand James Cheek.When I think of the great early 20thcentury homes in Dallas, these are the architects I think of—all friends and colleagues of the talented architect C.W. Bulger.