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Preservation Triumph

I just sold one of the most important architecturally significant and historically significant homes in Highland Park, Dallas, and North Texas. This Mark Lemmon architect-designed home will be saved, preserved, and further renovated, accentuating the historic architecture and significance. This preservation success can be attributed primarily to preservationist and community leader Anthony McClure who developed a strategy to perpetuate the preservation of his home and land around it for over 20 years. Preservation starts with the homeowner of an architecturally significant home. The buyer is the next most important participant of a historic and architecturally significant home. The buyer is from a several generation Dallas family, is passionate about Dallas history, and is a graduate of SMU across the street from this Highland Park home. The third component of this preservation triumph is the architectural deed restrictions placed on the property that I helped with as the listing agent. This is an incredibly important Highland Park home that Mark Lemmon designed for his own family. The late Ted Pillsbury, the former director of the Kimbell Art Museum and Meadows Museum, wrote in the forward of the book on Mark Lemmon, authored by Rick Brettell and Willis Winters, that Mark Lemmon was the most important historicist architect of the 20th century in Dallas. This small Normandy style cottage was also extremely vulnerable because it was on two large platted lots combined that made over .4 acres. Small houses on large lots are seldom saved. In addition to the architectural deed restrictions placed on the home, deed restrictions were placed on the lots so that neither of the lots could be sold separately. This extra land allows full views of both the front facade and the side facade with the Normandy style bay wall window. Read more on home and preservation process https://douglasnewby.com/2021/11/highland-park-preservation-success/.
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