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Top 100 Architecturally Significant Homes List

Dallas has the Best Collection of 20th and 21st Century Homes in the United States

Living in an architecturally significant home may not always cost more but it always feels better. We want to help you find and purchase a home of good design, one that is aesthetically pleasing, architecturally important, and has enduring value. To further acquaint you with homes of distinction, styles that are expressive, and homes that enhance your investment, we have created a section of architecturally significant homes, architect designed properties, and architecturally important Dallas estate homes by internationally and regionally recognized architects.

Featured Architecturally Significant Historic Home

Henry B. Thomson Designed House

Architect Hal Thomson, for this architecturally significant historic home, used tall columns and pickets to create an illusion of a more intimate, smaller home at 3925 Potomac Avenue in this Highland Park neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.
When one comes closer to the home, one can see how tall the columns and pickets are that Hal Thomson used to create the illusion of a smaller and intimate home. This is in contrast to the large prominent homes Hal Thomson designed on Swiss Avenue in Dallas and Armstrong Parkway in Highland Park.

How does a home become one of the favorite homes in Highland Park? In the case of 3925 Potomac, it has happened over a span of 100 years. From the time architect Hal Thomson designed this home for his family, it has been admired by those in Highland Park and across Dallas.

Architect David Williams is Godfather of Texas Modern Homes

6292 Mercedes Avenue, Dallas, Texas

This architect David Williams designed home is a good example of Dallas historic homes you will find on the list of top 100 Architecturally Significant historic homes. Architect David Williams originated theTexas Modern Styleinspired by Texas and Louisiana indigenous homes. The home at 6292 Mercedes Avenue in Dallas that he designed for Ray McDowell in 1927 is where David Williams jumped off from the blatant Spanish Colonial eclecticism prevalent in the 1920s and designed a more “Texas Colonial” style home reflecting the indigenous qualities of East Texas and Louisiana. As architectural historian Jay C. Henry wrote in his fabulous book, Architecture in Texas 1895-1945, David Williams’ work was further inspired by the colonists led by Stephen Fuller Austin in 1821. David Williams said, “Their comfort demanded a little beauty and a great deal of taste. There is not in any one of these houses built in the Southwest before 1850 an instance of imitation of foreign styles, of sham, of striving for effect, of any use of unnatural, unnecessary ornament or of material not structural and fit for its purpose….Their style is modern, for it satisfies all the requirements of modern design and construction.”

Highland Park Historically Significant Home Designed by Architect Mark Lemmon

Normandy Cottage by Architect Mark Lemmon

This architecturally significant historic home is a good lens to look at the other architecturally significant historic homes in the Park Cities, Highland Park, University Park, and Dallas. Some architecturally significant historic homes are substantial in size designed by important architects on several acre estate lots. Other architecturally significant homes might be smaller Midcentury Modern homes designed by talented architects. I have chosen to feature this Normandy style cottage on the Architecturally Significant Home section because it was designed by Mark Lemmon who many have called the most important 20th century historicist architect in Dallas. This early cottage style might have influenced the architectural style of popular neighborhoods nearby. Mark Lemmon designed this home for himself and his family which gives this home added importance. In addition, its importance is accentuated by being across the street from architecturally significant buildings and churches he designed on the SMU campus. It also provides an important historical context to Mark Lemmon as an architect, to SMU as a university, and to Dallas as a city.

Video of Crespi Hicks Estate Property

View of a Hallway in the Crespi Hicks Estate Home Showcasing Beautiful Chandeliers

When you review architecturally significant homes, I invite you to look at them as I do, through the lens of the Crespi/Hicks estate, designed by Maurice Fatio, the original architect in 1939, and Peter Marino, the 21st century renovation architect. This architecturally significant home found in Preston Hollow resonates with modern and eclectic architects because of its proportions, purity, site and grace. It reflects many of the best characteristics of the other homes in this section. A home is your greatest design decision so please contact Douglas Newbyat 214.522.1000 to discuss Douglas Newby & Associates helping you evaluate the special assets and importance of your home.

The 50 Significant Homes project identifying the most architecturally significant homes in Dallas, I consider the year's most important project. Thank you for coordinating this effort.

- Deedie Rose
Past President of Board of Trustees, Dallas Museum of Art

Architecturally Significant Modern Home

Max Levy Designed Architecturally Significant Home Follows Tradition of Texas Modern Architects

Architecturally significant modern homes in Dallas are often influenced by architecturally significant historic modern homes that preceded them. I invite you to use this Max Levy architect-designed modern home in the Greenway Parks neighborhood as a lens to look at the other 20th century and 21st century modern homes in Dallas. Max Levy, FAIA, has won more Dallas and Texas residential AIA awards than any other living architect, and he has been influenced by his friend, the late, great architect Frank Welch, FAIA, known for his Texas Modern design, from his work with Texas Modernist O’Neil Ford, FAIA. You can see Max Levy’s Texas Modern influence from the warmth of the white oak floors, cabinetry, and vaulted ceilings—a simpler version of the stick ceilings designed by O’Neil Ford and Frank Welch. Architect Bud Oglesby, FAIA, also greatly influenced Max Levy, which you can see from the marvelous entertainment gallery as you enter the house and which visually connects you to the gardens and every interior room.

Architect John Allen Boyle Designed Architecturally Significant Historic Highland Park Home

Old Highland Park architecturally and historically significant home.

Every home architect John Allen Boyle designed was special. Each one was architecturally significant with its historic magnificence resonating with home buyers and home admirers today. This Old Highland Park home at 4321 Overhill Drive personifies why John Allen Boyle is so revered. The Mediterranean style with Moorish flourishes is distinctive and distinguished. Placed on over an acre of land this estate home is beautifully sited on a quiet protected street with a view of Turtle Creek from its rear garden.

Lang and Witchell Designed Architecturally Significant Home

3901 Gillon Avenue, Highland Park, Dallas

Preservation Park Cities Top 100

My emphasis as a Realtor has always been architecturally significant and historic homes in Highland Park, University Park, and Dallas. Preservation Park Cities has created their top 100 list of architecturally significant historic homes, but has only announced a few of these. Many of these homes on the Preservation Park Cities list I have featured on Architecturally Significant Homes List under Preservation Park Cities Top 100, or on the architecture page, architects page and neighborhoods page of DougNewby.com.

Anton Korn Architecturally Significant Home

"Homes of Lasting Significance"

October 16, 2004 Preservation Dallas Tour:

There is an opportunity to see seven of the Dallas, 50 Significant Homes established by the Dallas Chapter of the American Association of Architects to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1996. Click here to continue

Dallas, America's Twentieth Century City- Architecturally Significant Homes

Dallas has the most significant collection of twentieth century homes in the world with architectural styles and movements represented from every decade.

- Douglas Newby

Architecturally Significant Homes

Residential Real Estate Construction, Planning, Consultation

Architecturally Significant Homes has been instrumental and involved in building architect-designed homes since 1981. Most recently in 2021, Architecturally Significant Homes has helped organize and consulted on the most important architecturally significant home being designed in Highland Park. Douglas Newby of Architecturally Significant Homes is an excellent resource, as he has consulted and drawn up residential development plans from locations like Chapel Hill at White Rock Lake to the Crespi Estates in the Mayflower Estates neighborhood in the Preston Hollow area. The Crespi Estates development plan was created by Architecturally Significant Homes in which 22 acres were to be divided into five multi-acre estate lots to accommodate architect-designed estate homes. One of the services provided by Douglas Newby at Architecturally Significant Homes is to determine the best residential site for the building of a new home and helping create a plan that will enhance a home that people will enjoy.

A close relationship with vendors that provide components that help create architecturally significant homes like Heath Tile, Waterworks and Ludowici Tile helps create homes clients will love living in. Architecturally Significant Homes emphasizes all the components and steps to create an architecturally significant home. It is more than just the architecture. It is a home that relates to the site and neighborhood, the surrounding homes, the city, the region, the client, and the atmosphere of the neighborhood.

Clients who select Realtor Douglas Newby understand they are contributing to the fabric of the community.