Architecturally Significant Homes

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-Douglas Newby

Award-winning Realtor Douglas Newby knows the Architecturally Significant Homes and understands the nuance of the real estate market

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.

Dallas Has Been Waiting 45 Years For This Hal Thomson Designed Highland Park Home to Come on the Market

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.

Hal Thomson Historic Highland Park Home – $4,400,000 For Sale

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.

David Williams Designed Home

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 the Texas Modern Style inspired 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.”

Douglas Newby Sold Architect Mark Lemmon’s Own Home – An Architecturally Significant Historic Home Preserved with Deed Restrictions

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

Top 100 Architecturally Significant Homes

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.

The home at 4321 Overhill might be the architecturally significant home that best represents Old Highland Park. Built by one of the developers of Highland Park, this home was designed by architect John Allen Boyle.

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

The early homes in Old Highland Park set the architectural tone for the Highland Park homes designed and built over the next 100 years. Architects Otto Lang and Frank Witchell designed this home at 3901 Gillon Avenue in 1914.

Douglas Newby Sold Architect Mark Lemmon’s Own Home – An Architecturally Significant Historic Home Preserved with Deed Restrictions

Normandy Cottage by Architect Mark Lemmon

Highland Park, Texas, National Historic Landmark

Many consider this Highland Park home designed by Mark Lemmon to be the most historically significant home in Highland Park and maybe Dallas and North Texas. Richard R. Brettell, the former director of the Dallas Museum of Art and founder of the Dallas Architecture Forum, co-authored with Willis Cecil Winters, FAIA, and former Dallas Parks Director, the book, Crafting Traditions—The Architecture of Mark Lemmon. Edmund P. Pillsbury, the former director of the Kimbell Art Museum and the Meadows Museum, wrote the introduction to this book on Mark Lemmon.

Dallas Modern Home – Sold by Douglas Newby

5543 Drane Drive, Dallas, Texas

Max Levy Architect Designed Modern Home in Greenway Parks
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Max Levy, FAIA, designed this home to embrace nature. He did this by designing the home to fully enjoy the five large live oak trees on the property and to reflect the greenways and the sense of nature in the neighborhood.

Highland Park Residence

Landscape architect David Hocker and architect Kevin Alter collaborated on the modern Highland Park Residence in Highland Park.

Architect Kevin Alter designed this architecturally significant modern home in Highland Park in 2018.

3905 Beverly Drive, Dallas, Texas

3905 Beverly Drive, Highland Park, Dallas, Texas

White Rock Lake Estate Homes Draws Buyers From Across Dallas

Estate Home on 3 Acres

Architect Howard R. Meyer is one of the most celebrated modern architects in Dallas. In 1939/1940 he designed the Georgian home at 4321 West Lawther Drive located at White Rock Lake.

Crespi Hicks Estate – Finest Estate Home in America

Photographs of Crespi/Hicks Estate in Preston Hollow

Crespi Experience – Crespi Insights

There are faux estate homes, builder homes, spec homes, development homes, but proper estate homes are much different. The finest estate homes elevate the cultural consciousness.

Inspiring Cultural Consciousness

While generic homes tire me, significant homes inspire me. I have found one home that is truly profound – the Crespi / Hicks estate.

Edward Durell Stone – Park Lane and MeadowbrookRussell Buchanan, AIA – Renovation Architect, 2007

Architecturally Significant

The renovation of this internationally important residence, including reclaiming the pool and floating dining room island, was completed in 2007. Comparable to Edward Durell Stone’s international projects, this 1957 Park Lane project was his most important and favorite residential work.

Modern Home Inspired by Texas Ranch Houses

David Williams, Architect

In 1932, David Williams built his last private home which also was his first home to become widely recognized and applauded. Elbert Williams, Mayor of University Park and no relation to David Williams, was a perfect client for the culmination of David Williams’ private residential practice.

Henry B. Thomson Designed House

Historically and architecturally significant home by architect Hal Thomson found in Highland Park at 3925 Potomac Avenue.

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.

Lang and Witchell Designed Architecturally Significant Home

3901 Gillon Avenue, Highland Park, Dallas

The early homes in Old Highland Park set the architectural tone for the Highland Park homes designed and built over the next 100 years. Architects Otto Lang and Frank Witchell designed this home at 3901 Gillon Avenue in 1914.

Glen Abbey Modern Home

Bedroom With Open View in Ogelsby Greene Designed Home

Architect Graham Greene of Oglesby•Greene Architects, recipient of the Dallas Chapter AIA 2010 Firm of the Year Award, designed this award-winning home. This home at 40 Braewood Place also received the 2010 AIA Interior Architecture Design Award.

John Allen Boyle Designed Estate Home

Old Highland Park architecturally and historically significant home.

The home at 4321 Overhill might be the architecturally significant home that best represents Old Highland Park. Built by one of the developers of Highland Park, this home was designed by architect John Allen Boyle.

Dallas Midcentury Modern

Dallas 50’s Modern Style Home for Sale

The original owners of the last standing, architect designed, pristine condition, midcentury modern home in Preston Hollow have asked me to offer this architecturally significant home for sale. In 1957 the stylish and sophisticated owners assembled an incredibly talented team to design a midcentury modern home.

Lionel Morrison Attached Single-Family Homes Recognized on 50th Anniversary of Dallas Chapter of AIA

Modern Attached Single-Family in Northern Heights by Katy Trail

Architect Lionel Morrison energized the interest in modern homes with his series of modern single-family attached homes on Springbrook. Dallas has always had many of the best modern homes in the country. This modern home and the ones around it began the current wave of interest in modern architecture sweeping Dallas.

Architect Bob James Designed Home

Saint Michael’s Drive

Bob James designed this AIA award-winning home to blend into the neighborhood and provide dramatic views by the surrounding creek and woods. With 3,450 square feet, it is both stylish and practical sited on one-half acre overlooking Royal Branch Creek and a public wilderness park behind it.

David Williams Designed Home

This large 0.675 acre estate lot showcases the David Williams designed home at 6292 Mercedes Avenue in Wilshire Heights neighborhood of Dallas.

Sold by Douglas Newby

This architecturally significant home designed by architect David Williams in 1927 is one of the most important homes designed by the father of the Texas Modern style as it is the first home David Williams specifically designed departing from the prevalent spanish colonial style and delving into the elements of Texas indigenous homes. Click on the See More link to find additional photographs and information on why this home is one of the most architecturally significant homes in Dallas.

White Rock Lake Estate Home For Sale

Estate Property on 3.95 Acres

On approximately four acres, the most beautiful elevated point of White Rock Lake with 356 feet of frontage, you will find this 1936 renovated estate home.

The Crespi Estate

Crespi Estate
The Epitome of Preston Hollow Real Estate

Maurice Fatio trained in Switzerland and began his practice in New York. In the 1920s he was voted the most important architect in New York. His largest body of work is in Palm Beach and in Long Island where he built estate homes for society patrons and business tycoons.

Scott Lyons Designed Architecturally Significant Texas Modern Estate Home

Highland Park Modern Home

On the fascia of the Lexington House, he introduces cobalt blue ceramic tile imported from Asia for this stone Texas Modern home he designed in 1958. Torn Down 2011.

Frank Welch Designed Home

This home overlooking White Rock Lake, was designed by Frank Welch in 1997 for John and Barbara Bradfield. It draws directly from O’Neil Ford and David Williams. The balconies evolved directly from O’Neil Ford’s Trinity University in San Antonio.

Preston Hollow Architect Designed Home

Haggerty / Hanley Home

This complex house on a difficult site of trees and stone ledges is known for its simple lines, serene views and beautiful craftsmanship. O’Neil Ford, at his best, designed this home with Texas materials, hand carving and the continuation of a folk quality that permeates his homes.

Gary Cunningham Designed Architecturally Significant Industrial Building

Gary Cunningham and Sharon Odom are responsible for the renovation design of the Dallas Power and Light Utility Station by the Katy Trail. No whole building and industrial space has been as extensively recreated for residential use as is this 1929 building.

Clifford D. Hutsell Designed Architecturally Significant Spanish Colonial House

Clifford D. Hutsell designed this Lakewood home for himself in 1930. At a cost of $10,000, this was one of the most expensive new residences in Lakewood and the same cost as many of the mansions that had been built on Swiss 20 years earlier.

Downtown Dallas Architecturally Significant Building

Harold Prinz Designed Architecturally Significant Estate Home

Cliff Welch Designed Modern Home

Rick Robertson – Beverly Drive, Highland Park

The many compliments of this new home indicate that it has struck a chord with Dallas. This Romanesque styled home is built out of Texas fossilized limestone. We see many new homes in Dallas that are romanticized revivals of Georgian, Tudor or Italian homes. The exterior of these homes are often very polished with bulging cast stone trim and oversized windows.

Fooshee and Cheek Design

This Spanish Eclectic Grand Mission style home is one of many that Marion Fooshee and James Cheek designed on Beverly Drive in Highland Park. This home they built for the Sterrettes in 1921 was widely successful.

David Braden Design

Oak Cliff Modern Home on Colorado, 1950

David Braden designed this home in Oak Cliff at 665 West Colorado in 1950. This home is just a cube with square-hipped roof but built on a severe slope by a creek and in a flood plain. It visually becomes a floating cube sheathed in redwood and brick, blending into the forest in the background.

I.M. Pei Protege, Architect George Woo Designed

George Woo, FAIA, protégé of I.M. Pei, selected this three acre site 19 miles south of Dallas to design this postmodern home. With 3,012 square feet, it is sited on the side of a hill to allow a view over the cedar trees to Joe Pool Lake seven miles away.

Antoine Predock Design

This Dallas modern home was designed by architect, Antoine Predock who incorporated the client’s passion for collecting modern art and bird-watching into the concept of the home. While the Austin Stone front facade is perceived heavy, the interior opens up to reveal large open spaces created by 20 foot ceilings and windows, steel bridges shaded by a canopy of trees that connect the buildings and various points in the home and, surrounding the vaulted walkways, the ground transformed into a habitat filled in with lush vegetation to attract the birds.

Mark Lemmon Designed Architecturally Significant Chapel

Frank Welch Designed Modern Home

Turtle Creek Park Inspiration

This inspired modern home designed by architect Frank Welch expresses the best in a modern home. You will find it on an extraordinary site, in a fabulous neighborhood (Turtle Creek Park), and in a vibrant city (Dallas).

Highland Park Architecturally Significant Home by Architect Herbert M. Greene

4511 Highland Drive, Dallas, Highland Park, Texas

Iconic architect Herbert M. Greene designed this architecturally significant home for his family. Some of my favorite homes are homes that prominent architects designed for themselves and their family. These homes showcase architectural significance and also the personality and care of the architect. What makes it even more significant and special is that it has remained in the family for three generations.

Wilson McClure Designed Architecturally Significant Residence

Wilson McClure was a prominent architect. Most of the windows were replaced to reflect the oversized panes of the dining room bay window and side great room window. The volume in the house is good, but the finishes were bad. Bruce Bernbaum and Emily Summers redesigned the house with 1940s furniture, custom designed wrought-iron railings and fireplaces with space and materials derivative of the period.

Turtle Creek Corridor Architecturally Significant Residence

East Dallas Architecturally Significant Residence

Thomson & Fooshee Designed Architecturally Significant Neo-Classical House

4908 Lakeside Drive, Torn Down

This Hal Thomson architect designed Highland Park neoclassical home at 4908 Lakeside Drive had been a Dallas and Highland Park favorite home for over 100 years. In 1997, the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter selected 4908 Lakeside Drive as one of the Dallas 50 Significant Homes to help celebrate their 50th Anniversary. This home is architecturally and historically significant because it was designed by the most revered and respected early 20th century Dallas architect, Henry B. Thomson, and the home exemplified the architecture of Old Highland Park.

Turtle Creek Corridor Architecturally Significant Shingle Real Estate

University Park Architecturally Significant Residence

East Dallas Architecturally Significant Building

Downtown Dallas Architecturally Significant Residence

John Allen Boyle Designed Architecturally Significant Mediterranean Moroccan Style Residence

Architect John Allen Boyle, who also designed the Shepherd King Mansion, designed this Mediterranean home with elaborate tile and stone detailing. The terraced gardens down to the creek are reminiscent of the best stone tile work of colonial Mexico.

University Park Real Estate

This is considered the best home of the famous Dilbeck houses known as the four sisters that occupy the four corners of Shenandoah and Douglas in University Park. Here you see the oversized fireplace, rough hewn woodwork and beamed ceilings.

John Scudder Adkins – Turtle Creek – Volk Estates

Beautiful Residence Designed by John Scudder Adkins

In 1929 Colonel Alvin and Mrs. Lucy Ball Owsley built one of the most important homes in Dallas. They retained John Scudder Adkins of Cincinnati, Ohio, to design this neo-classical home with French influences in the architectural spirit of McKim, Mead and White.

O’Neil Ford Designed Architecturally Significant Early Texas Modern Residence

The Jerry Bywaters Studio faithfully conveyed the early Texas homes that David Williams and O’Neil Ford so faithfully sketched as an inspiration for the Texas modern architecture. This Texas landmark remained intact and unaltered for 75 years before it was town down to make room for a new home.

Old Highland Park Historically Significant Home

Beverly Drive

The home at 4101 Beverly designed in 1912 expresses the exuberant grandeur of Beaux-Arts mansions. 4101 Beverly is still the centerpiece of Highland Park, across from the Country Club on Beverly and Preston. Italianate influence is seen in the colonnaded second story porch and entry and the flat roof lined with balustrades.

Edwardian Estate Home

Preston Hollow 5.3 Acres – Sold by Douglas Newby

Here is a proper estate property. A splendid approach curves along a creek up to a magnificent home articulated in stone and brick, surrounded by wide manicured lawns and a wooded perimeter.

Lionel Morrison Designed Architecturally Significant Modern Residence

University Park Architecturally Significant Historic Home

The Caruths built one of the first housing developments in Dallas, in the area that is now the West End. About the same time that neighborhood became Frogtown, the Caruths built their main residence on Swiss Avenue and their plantation home on Caruth Hill.

Hal Thomson Design

Swiss Avenue Historic Home

This home was designed by Hal Thomson in 1914 for George Greer, the president of Magnolia Petroleum Company, which later became Mobil Oil. Truly eclectic, the home is not true to a design of the eighteenth century, but includes Georgian details and a nod toward Italian Renaissance.

Modern Home Designed by Architect Richard Meier

Howard Rachofsky encouraged and allowed Richard Meier to explore and experiment in this 10,000 square foot home on Preston Road. The seemingly simple, effortlessly floating stark facade belies its massive and intricate structure that gives it its grace.

Robert Johnson Perry Bridge House

Boyd & Heidrich – Landscape Architects

John Watson – Lighting

One of my favorite houses in one of my favorite neighborhoods is this Robert Johnson Perry designed home in Mayflower Estates. Emilie and Phillip Schepps originally owned a home across the creek on three acres which allowed them to carve out a creek ledge on the corner of the lot and build a home. This small piece of land on a dramatic ledge enjoys the views of the creek and the several adjoining acres of landscaped flood plain.

Alexander Mansion

Ross Avenue was a street with house after house of individual splendor. On the edge of town, each mansion was built with the proper amount of land and magnificence to make it its own destination point. Early pictures show croquet being played on the lawns and exquisitely dressed ladies sipping lemonade on the front porches. This era combined opulence and craftsmanship as does the Alexander Mansion now owned by the Dallas Woman’s Forum.

Glenn Allen Galaway Designed Home

Texas Modern in Highland Park

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.

Harwell Hamilton Harris Designed Home

Preston Hollow Mid Century Modern Home

Harwell Hamilton Harris is one of the most important architects to have ever designed a home in Dallas. His work appears from the East to the West Coast, but he is most closely associated with the California mid-century modernist movement.

University Park Home on .25 Acres

Charles Dilbeck was a prolific architect, much loved and currently featured at the Meadows Museum’s architecture exhibit Crafting Traditions. This four-bedroom Dilbeck home across the street from Williams Park was designed in 1934 next to another architectural masterpiece, the home designed by David Williams for the mayor of University Park in 1932.

Preston Hollow Historic Home

A most remarkable project is the gallery and guest house in Preston Hollow designed by Bill Booziotis. Bill has designed major museums and important houses, but this is definitely his best work. In collaboration with Andrée Putman, Bill has created a space that is at once a museum and a residence, intimate and voluminous, and one with diffused light and a subtle play of light.

Edward Larrabee Barnes Design

Edward Larrabee Barnes was selected to design the Dallas Museum of Art. Ralph and Nelba Greenley, who were very involved in the Dallas Museum of Art project, retained Edward Larrabee Barnes to design their home at 4608 Meadowood.

Arch Swank and O’Neil Ford

Lakewood Texas Modern Home

Arch Swank and O’Neil Ford designed this architecturally significant home in 1939 for the Brombergs who lived in the home for 60 years. You can see references of earlier David Williams and O’Neil Ford homes in the carvings, railings, doors, ceilings and screened-in porches with fireplaces. Originally, the home was built on several acres.

Midcentury Modern Home in Highland North Neighborhood

Arch Swank, one of the most accomplished modern architects in the 1950s, designed this architecturally significant modern home in 1957 in Highland North neighborhood located west of Midway Road.The architect was adept at siting the modern homes he designed on the most attractive land.

Max Levy Designed Architecturally Significant Modern Real Estate

A Bent Tree lot was found overlooking the Preston Trails greenbelt. This home takes its cue from the modernism cubes of the Frank Welch home designed in the 1970s when this suburban neighborhood was first developed.

Swiss Avenue Historic Home

This is how the Munger Brothers first touted their new development that had replaced a 300 acre cotton field on the eastern edge of the city limits. A City Beautiful inspired grid of 20 blocks made up the first addition.

Modern Home For Sale on 1.53 Acres

Architect Scott Lyons enhanced a magical setting with a Texas Modern home that is thrust into nature with close and distant views in three directions of trees, gardens, a wide spring-fed creek and pond, and a twelve-acre private garden that is meticulously groomed and blooming.

Charles D. Hill Designed Architecturally Significant Mount Vernon Residence

4800 Preston Road was designed in 1910 and remained a landmark for 90 years. Not only was it one of the first homes built in Highland Park, but it was magnificent from either Preston Road or Lakeside Drive.

Stretto House

This home on Rockbrook was designed in 1993 by Steven Holl. Thin curved roof planes shelter open and closed spaces. Four sharply detailed concrete masses correspond to the dams on the creek. The effect is a structure firmly anchored and simultaneously in flight.

David George Designed Architecturally Significant Early Texas Modern Estate Home

The seven metal roof caps create a dramatic line interrupted by several chimneys. This Texas Modern home was also influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom David George apprenticed. Ted Larson was the renovation architect of this one-room deep house overlooking a deep ravine and creek.

James Pratt and Hal Box

This home was designed by James Pratt and Hal Box in 1959 for Edward and Mary Jane Wilson. Mary Jane Wilson had grown up in a Lang and Witchell designed home on Swiss Avenue.

Goodwin and Tatum Design

Turtle Creek Park Colonial Revival

Goodwin and Tatum designed this Colonial Revival home for Henry W. Strasberger, the founder of one of Dallas’ oldest law firms, and his wife, who was an architectural student at the time. It has always been one of Dallas’ favorite homes.

DeGolyer Estate

Shutt & Scott Architects

The DeGolyer House is a Beverly Hills interpretation of a hacienda incorporating a sprawling design of many arches, courtyards and a red tile roof. DeGolyer himself called it a Beverly Hills architect’s idea of what a Texas oilman thinks a Texas hacienda should look like.

John Staub Designed Architecturally Significant Residence

Far North Dallas Architecturally Significant Estate Home

Anton Korn Design

Highland Park Historic Home

This New England inspired Georgian style estate home is reminiscent of the finest early estate homes in Dallas. Classic lines, period moldings and graceful proportions of the formal rooms define an architecturally elegant home.

Anton Korn Design

This Beverly home was designed in 1924 by Anton Korn. The oak timbers were replaned from the grand Oriental Hotel when it was torn down.

David R. Williams Designed Architecturally Significant House

Wilson McClure Design

White Rock Lake Texas Modern Home

Wilson McClure designed many beautiful homes in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Many of these had a Georgian influence, but this home on Chapel Hill, built in 1940, is pure Texas Modern.

David R. Williams Designed Architecturally Significant Early Texas Modern Residence

An East Texas/Louisiana influence is seen on the facade, but this home makes a further leap into Texas Modernism. The continuous beams from the living room to the arched verandas, the courtyards and the balconies reflect the style of Texas homes that grew as families expanded.

Lionel Morrison Design

In 1987, Lionel Morrison designed a modern single-family attached townhome in Northern Heights. Other important architects followed, including Frank Welch, Graham Greene, Ron Wommack and others, both in Northern Heights and throughout the Turtle Creek Corridor.

Lionel Morrison Design

Lionel Morrison is the starkest of the regional modernists. Reduction, not exuberance, is his goal. This 1994 home, while very elegant and precise, can be seen as a shed with a dogtrot and compound wall to accommodate the stairs, or as a simple rectangle with a two story glass appendage allowing the staircase to be an integral part of the design.

Lionel Morrison – Modern Home

This modern townhouse was the architectural project that Dallas AIA Chapter selected as one of the Dallas 50 Significant Homes for their 50th Anniversary. The prestigious selected committee recognized Lionel Morrison’s use of space and natural light to create a delightful and sophisticated modern residence in a re-emerging neighborhood close to downtown.

Downtown Dallas Architecturally Significant Concrete Residence

Wilson Fuqua Design

Highland Park Mediterranean Style Home

This Mediterranean style home designed in 1919 along Hackberry Creek in Highland Park, is significant both architecturally for its renovation and for who has lived in the home over the years. Architect Wilson Fuqua did the renovation and expanded the home in one of the most beautiful and effective ways to enjoy the creek and lush gardens.

Howard Meyer Design

Greenway Parks Modern Home

In 1951, Howard Meyer designed this International Modern style home for Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lipshy. It was beautifully restored by Carolyn and James Clark in 1981. Art and architectural historian Rick Brettell calls this “the finest International Modernist house in Texas.”

Frank Lloyd Wright Design

In 1950, Frank Lloyd Wright began his only residential project in Dallas. This home, designed for John Gillin, was completed after three years of construction in 1958, Wright’s last home constructed before his death.

Architect Herbert M. Greene Designed Building

The Dallas Bar Association, led by Robert Hyer Thomas, reclaimed the Belo Mansion, built in 1900. The owner sold it for less than half its value. The attorneys’ dues tripled, but it provided them a landmark building, a downtown presence, and preserved one of the early Ross Avenue mansions for Dallas.

Charles Moore Designed Architecturally Significant Modern Home

Kessler Park Architecturally Significant Italian Renaissance House

This Italian Renaissance home is prominently set in Kessler Park as the first home built in this expensive development created in 1925.

Culture Gulch

Old Highland Park Architecturally Significant Dutch Colonial Real Estate

Built in 1913 for Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Baird, Highland Park Methodist Church was founded here as it received a Park Cities historical marker in 1990. This Dutch Colonial home with a gambrel roof and an eclectic mix of styles work well together.

Charles D. Hill Designed Architecturally Significant Residence

3318 Beverly Drive, Highland Park, Texas

Oglesby Group Designed Architecturally Significant Home

Cole Smith Designed Architecturally Significant French Eclectic Estate Home

Often we not only lose good houses to new construction, but we lose a beautiful site as a lot is scraped and flattened to accommodate the new house. This French style home differs from many new mansions imposed on Dallas because it respects the site.

Fooshee & Cheek Designed Architecturally Significant Building

Greene, La Roche & Dahl Designed Architecturally Significant Home

Turtle Creek Corridor Architecturally Significant Modern Eclectic Home

This insignificant older home was adapted by an artist and designer and his wife. Japanese water gardens and teahouse surprise the visitor. An extended patch of wild flowers slope up to the shed and wall art.

Glenn Allen Galaway Designed Architecturally Significant House

Cliff Welch Designed Renovation of Midcentury Modern Home

This home in Lake Park Estates is one of the most important midcentury modern homes in Dallas. It was designed by architect Glenn Allen Galaway for his own residence and was renovated by architect Cliff Welch, FAIA, also for his own residence. 

Henry B. Thomson Designed Architecturally Significant French Eclectic Estate Home

5500 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas, is the patron house of the Preservation Dallas 50th Anniversary Home Tour.

Many consider the Aldredge House, a French Eclectic style home with Renaissance detailing, the high mark of eclectic architecture by Hal Thomson. The home is owned by the Dallas County Medical Auxiliary. 5500 Swiss was designed by Hal Thomson in 1917.

Mark Lemmon Designed Architecturally Significant Church

Architecturally Significant Victorian Homes on Wilson Block

Victorian House on Wilson Block

The style of this architecturally distinctive home is Queen Anne, complete with the wood trim, stenciling, murals, and wall coverings from the Victorian period. The house is constructed with a pier and beam foundation, 2 x 6 exterior walls, and has eighty feet of Victorian detailed porches wrapping around the front, side and back of the home.

Max Levy Designed Architecturally Significant Texas Modern Residence

Frank Welch Designed Architecturally Significant Estate Home

Architect Gary Cunningham Designed Home

5400 Surrey Circle was designed in 1996 by Gary Cunningham and Sharon Odom. Beautifully placed on the lot, the interior accentuates the feel of the wooded exterior. Architect Daphne Perry was commissioned to do the custom tapestries.

Frank Welch Designed Architecturally Significant Residence

University Park Architecturally Significant Home

Historic Park Cities Home in University Park

Philip Johnson Designed Architecturally Significant Building

Howard R. Meyer Designed Architecturally Significant Highrise

Howard Meyer designed this modern mid-century highrise.
The Turtle Creek highrise was the first luxury apartment building in Dallas. It is sheathed in a bris soleil and remains current today.

Joe McCall Designed Architecturally Significant Home

White Rock Lake Architecturally Significant Mount Vernon Estate Home

Downtown Dallas Architecturally Significant Original Residence

The Millermore House is the oldest remaining house in Dallas and best represents the collection of houses in Old City Park. It was originally built with a one-story porch by pioneer settler William B. Miller who received a 640 acre Texas land grant.

Downtown Dallas Architecturally Significant House

East Dallas Architecturally Significant Tudor Cottage Home

5427 Morningside captures the charm of the several hundred Tudor cottages on the M Streets, now a conservation district. These brick homes with irregular stone ornamental inlays have a screened porch on one side, stained glass on the other, and a front door in the middle, close to the chimney with the intricate brickwork and tile cap.

University Park Architecturally Significant Duplex

Charles S. Dilbeck Designed Architecturally Significant Estate Home

This is one of the largest homes that Dilbeck originally designed. The other large homes for the most part have been torn down as they were built on several acres lots that have now been replaced by huge estate houses.

Philip Johnson Designed Architecturally Significant Modern Estate Home

George Dahl Designed Architecturally Significant Building

Bluffview Area Architecturally Significant Estate Home

Charles S. Dilbeck Designed Architecturally Significant Residence

Preston Hollow Architecturally Significant Eclectic 1980s Estate Home

In the mid 1980s, the Maguires commissioned architect Jack Hemphill to design this stately mansion on the corner of Rockbrook and Overton Shelmire designed the addition. Rather than be hidden behind gates, or joined into a city lot, this home is very well proportioned with its setting and can be enjoyed by the public.

Rob Allen & Jim Buie Designed Architecturally Significant Modern Residence

4037 Druid is public in scale, and architecturally exciting in a very traditional suburban neighborhood. A modern house is often looked at as stern, rather than as a warm accessible home in which to live.

Preston Hollow Prestigious Estate Home

East Dallas Architecturally Significant Home

East Dallas Architecturally Significant House

East Dallas Architecturally Significant Residence

East Dallas Architecturally Significant Real Estate

Lionel Morrison-Designed Home in Preston Hollow

This modern home is the second collaboration between a celebrated furniture designer and Lionel Morrison, an award-winning architect. The progression of materials and technology in this contemporary home make a floor plan similar to the first home even more graceful, sleek, and serene.

Home in Heart of Greenway Parks

5373 Wenonah Drive, Dallas, Texas – Torn Down

Largest Lot – .951 Acres – Sold by Douglas Newby

Personification of Greenway Parks

This architecturally significant home best expresses the charm, architecture, and desirability of Greenway Parks. Its architectural pedigree is strong. The home was originally designed by Fooshee & Cheek, the architects of Highland Park Village. The renovation was designed by Allen Kirsch, celebrated for his work on some of the best homes in Dallas. The parks of Greenway Parks and boulevard parks surround the home, accentuating its front porch charm.

Greenway Parks Conservation District

Greenway Parks is a collection of homes designed and built in many sizes and styles. A conservation district ensures that the scale and design of the homes in Greenway Parks remain true to the neighborhood and its aesthetic success. On nearly one acre, a Preston Hollow estate size lot, this 1951 colonial style home sits graciously on the site and reflects the friendly neighborhood atmosphere of Greenway Parks. Found in the middle of the neighborhood, it is removed from the traffic found on the neighborhood’s bordering roads that make Greenway Parks so convenient to the private schools in one direction and downtown Dallas in the other. Also, Highland Park Village is just walking distance away.

Swiss Avenue Home Designed by C.W. Bulger & Son

5105 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Prominent Italian Renaissance Style Home on Swiss – Sold by Douglas Newby

This Italian Renaissance style home designed by C.W. Bulger & Son has long been a favorite home on Swiss Avenue and in Dallas. The home at 5105 Swiss Avenue is on a block of the Swiss Avenue boulevard that is made up of some of the most important architecturally significant homes on the street. Elaborate vast gardens create an environment you would never guess is only two miles from the Dallas Arts District in downtown Dallas.

Over the years many people consistently identified this architecturally significant home as their favorite on the street. The Swiss Avenue boulevard is the only street in Dallas people will stroll down or drive down, looking at the houses as if they were walking through an art gallery. Each home is architecturally distinctive and creates an unsurpassed 20th century body of work.

Highland Park Home

This architecturally significant home was designed in the sarasota modern style by architect Don Chapell in 1981.

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

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.