Dallas Midcentury Modern

5848 Colhurst Street, Dallas, Texas
Architect William Benson Designed Home in Preston Hollow

5848 Colhurst Street, Dallas, Texas

Dallas 50’s Modern Style Home for Sale – Sold by Douglas Newby

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.

Architect William Benson was joined by the Dallas’ top modern interior designer Louise Kahn and celebrated landscape architect Richard Myrick. The result is a home that defines a modern era that continues to inspire and engage. The spaces are both commodious and efficient. The selection of materials further defines spaces, creates a simultaneously serene and exhilarating environment, and provides warmth and vibrancy.

The cork floors are timeless and elegant and very 1950s. A judicious use of interior brick walls along with the white walls accentuates the floating walls of African Korina wood cabinets, book shelves and vertical panels. The 20 mm glazed Italian glass tile was individually set, creating a dynamic finish for the fireplace hearth and hood. These tiles appear as the authentic inspiration for the fashionable ceramic tile being introduced today in all the best design centers.

The heavy gauged glazed metal framed sliding glass doors with an internal locking system allow one to look out onto a garden, courtyard or terrace from every room.

Over ten years ago the Dallas Chapter AIA explored the city to find the best examples of modern homes built in the 1950s. This home was one of the seven homes chosen for Dallas’ first tour of midcentury modern homes titled 50s Cool so as not to confuse people with generic 1950s houses, as this was before the growing popularity and understanding of midcentury modern homes.

The owners have meticulously maintained this modern home which is evident from its exquisite condition. Even the fabric on the original modern furniture shows no signs of wear.

This modern residence has 2,720 square feet, four carports, two bedrooms, a library, formal and informal rooms, high ceilings and a great feeling of space. Since the home is on .47 acres there is plenty of room to add additional bedrooms on both ends of the home as originally contemplated as a possibility by William Benson, AIA. This contemporary home enjoys a canopy of tall mature trees and perfectly placed ornamental trees that punctuate the landscape design of Richard Myrick.

If you like modern architecture, you will love this midcentury modern home that reflects the best of the 20th century and remains current today.