Top 100 Architecturally Significant Historic Homes in the Park Cities - Town of Highland Park and City of University Park
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. Many of these homes on the Preservation Park Cities list I have featured on Architecturally Significant Homes, the architecture page, architects page and neighborhoods page of DougNewby.com.
Knowledge of architecturally significant historic homes sharpens our eye, helps preserve homes, and allows a home buyer a better opportunity to judge the inventory of homes for sale at any given time.
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.
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.
Scott Lyons designed this international style house with a touch of regionalism. Scott Lyons was a modernist who used indigenous material and created graceful spaces. The guest house home and the house in the country take the Texas indigenous theme a step further. The intersecting gabled sections create a courtyard so often used in Texas houses. While soft tan brick is employed, the home is crisper and more elegant than many regional homes. 4701 Drexel has been generously made available to Dallas and remains one of the city's favorite homes.
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. He was familiar with his work and he imposed no monetary restraints. Furthermore, David Williams moved in with the Elbert Williams family for several months so he could observe and interact with them to delineate their needs. Williams was determined to reflect the needs, desires, and personality of the family in the 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. John Allen Boyle only designed a few homes in Dallas and, remarkably, they are all architecturally significant homes and landmarks in Dallas. This architecturally significant home at 4321 Overhill is John Allen Boyle’s most important and impactful 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. Central Texas idioms are explored by artists and craftsmen, perpetuating the exuberance of the Texas imagination.