Margaret McDermott Home?
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McDermott home at 4701 Drexel is the most historically significant home in Highland Park. Many say it will be torn down. Here are some of the reasons one might assume it will be preserved. 1) There have been several years to find a buyer interested in preserving the home with the proceeds going to UTD. 2) I have sold two Scott Lyons homes in the last several years in the same price range as Mrs. McDermott’s home. Both of these Scott Lyons homes have been renovated. 3) This is the most important Scott Lyons home. It is the right size, has the right ceiling heights, enormous walls of glass, and the contemporary spaces people desire. 4) There is a history of Dallas art patrons involved with the DMA that have preserved homes including past DMA presidents. These DMA presidents include John and Jennifer Eagle who renovated their Edward Durell Stone architect-designed period home; Tim Hanley renovated his O’Neil Ford designed architecturally significant home; Catherine and Will Rose renovated their Edward Larrabee Barnes architect-designed home. There are other Dallas art patrons and those with a sophisticated eye for architecture who would love to renovate and live in this Scott Lyons designed home. There are also an increasing number of buyers moving to Dallas that have a keen interest in purchasing an architect-designed period modern home. 5) There has been no concern expressed about the future of this home by Preservation Park Cities or Preservation Dallas. This suggests that the preservation community has been told that there are already plans in the works for this architecturally significant home to be renovated by a buyer that intends to live in it. 6) Margaret McDermott loved this home, as did the thousands of her friends and visitors. She was a great friend of architecture and promoted the preservation of homes designed by her architect friends and other significant architects. Above all, it would be unfathomable for this fabulous home to be torn down. *Margaret McDermott Home?
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