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Over 25 years ago, the AIA Dallas Chapter selected this Hal Thomson designed home pictured here at 4908 Lakeside in Highland Park as a Dallas 50 Significant Home for their 50th Anniversary. For 75 years before that, this Highland Park home had been considered the iconic home on Lakeside. The question should not be — when are people going to stop tearing down historic homes? – but when are proactive steps going to be taken to save historic and architecturally significant homes? Officially, for 25 years, we all have known that this Hal Thomson designed Highland Park home was historically and architecturally significant and needed to be preserved. Have any preservation steps been taken to show how the home could be renovated or expanded, maintaining its architectural facade and integrity while making the home more economically compatible with the value of the lot? In my recent DouglasNewby.com blog series, Five Preservation Steps to Save Homes, I discussed in Preservation Steps Three and Four how architects, interior designers, contractors, and appraisers can create a vision and validate the value of a renovated home of this elegance and importance to make it easier to save. It is hard to stop a home from being torn down when bulldozers are in place. Historic and architecturally significant homes can be saved if proactive preservation steps are taken. When are we going to start saving homes? *Start Saving Homes

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