Rick Robertson – Beverly Drive, Highland Park

Home in Second Section of Old Highland Park

4001 Beverly Drive, Dallas, Texas

Architecturally Significant Home

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. This Beverly home, designed by Rick Robertson, originally from Dallas, revives a style, but it is the 1920s and 1930s homes found in Beverly Hills or the Italian styles expressed in Palm Beach. Around the corner from Highland Park Village, designed by Wilbur Cook of Beverly Hills in the 1930s, a person quickly makes the subliminal connection that this house belongs here. The smaller apertures of the doors and windows reflect the original architectural period. The tile and cruder finish softens the grandeur of the home built of Palm Beach proportions. This home reflects the intended mood and look and feel of Beverly Drive when it was first developed.

Richardson Robertson III of Los Angeles specializes in designing eclectic homes inspired by the Mediterranean homes built in Beverly Hills in the 1920s. This home on Beverly across from the country club has Spanish Colonial Revival and Spanish Eclectic features including the square tower, balconies and ornamentation around the front door. Even though the home is over 10,000 square feet, since it is designed in the Mediterranean style of Beverly Hills, it provokes the memory of the time period Fooshee and Cheek were first making their mark here, 70 years earlier.