Jim Wiley, Dallas Architect

Past Dallas and Texas Architect

Jim Wiley was the lead designer for Bud Oglesby. As Howard Meyer began designing softer houses influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jim Wiley, in 1956, designed the Kelley house at 4808 Drexel true to the influence of Walter Gropius and his Bauhaus movement, Eliot Noyse and his approach to furniture and housing and the industrial idiom. This home was designed after the war when there was a movement to build houses in assembly line manner, yet maintain a degree of individuality and personal style. Jim Wiley mentioned Carl Koch, who at MIT introduced pre-fab houses to the mass market, worked in conjunction with Westinghouse and other appliance manufacturers.

Example of Homes Architect Jim Wiley Designed

Texas Modern in Highland Park

Architect Jim Wiley Designed Home

4808 Drexel Drive, Dallas, Texas

Kelley Residence – Torn Down

Kelley Residence

Sited on a peninsula, a footbridge leads you over the creek to the house defined by the meandering creek on three sides. Jim Wiley of the Oglesby Group designed this 2,000 square foot home for Mr. and Mrs. Bartram Kelley in 1956 to accommodate their love of music.

An all coordinated construction industry was the goal. Sub-Zero refrigerators are a successful outcome of this movement. Manufactured homes and trailer parks are a less successful outcome.

-Jim Wiley