Early Texas Modern Style Architecture

Pioneer Texas homes are the inspiration for Texas Modern homes. Acknowledging the environment, employing artisans, and rejecting eclectic ornamentation resulted in this indigenous architecture.

3514 Rock Creek Drive, Dallas, Texas

O’Neil Ford and Arch Swank were brilliant when it came to selecting sites for the homes they designed. Here, O’Neil Ford and Arch Swank selected the top of the hill in Turtle Creek Park, alongside Rock Creek.

4735 Chapel Hill Road, Dallas, Texas

White Rock Lake Texas Modern Home

Wilson McClure designed many beautiful homes in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Many of these had a Georgian influence, but this home on Chapel Hill, built in 1940, is pure Texas Modern.

3819 McFarlin Boulevard, Dallas, Texas

Charles Dilbeck was a prolific architect, much loved and currently featured at the Meadows Museum’s architecture exhibit Crafting Traditions. This four-bedroom Dilbeck home across the street from Williams Park was designed in 1934 next to another architectural masterpiece, the home designed by David Williams for the mayor of University Park in 1932.

4408 Saint Johns Drive, Dallas, Texas

An East Texas/Louisiana influence is seen on the facade, but this home makes a further leap into Texas Modernism. The continuous beams from the living room to the arched verandas, the courtyards and the balconies reflect the style of Texas homes that grew as families expanded.

4715 Watauga Road, Dallas, Texas

The Jerry Bywaters Studio faithfully conveyed the early Texas homes that David Williams and O’Neil Ford so faithfully sketched as an inspiration for the Texas modern architecture. This Texas landmark remained intact and unaltered for 75 years before it was town down to make room for a new home.

3201 Wendover Road, Dallas, Texas

Lakewood Texas Modern Home

Arch Swank and O’Neil Ford designed this architecturally significant home in 1939 for the Brombergs who lived in the home for 60 years. You can see references of earlier David Williams and O’Neil Ford homes in the carvings, railings, doors, ceilings and screened-in porches with fireplaces. Originally, the home was built on several acres.

3805 McFarlin Boulevard, Dallas, Texas

David Williams, Architect

In 1932, David Williams built his last private home which also was his first home to become widely recognized and applauded. Elbert Williams, Mayor of University Park and no relation to David Williams, was a perfect client for the culmination of David Williams’ private residential practice.

4050 Cochran Chapel Road, Dallas, Texas

The seven metal roof caps create a dramatic line interrupted by several chimneys. This Texas Modern home was also influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom David George apprenticed. Ted Larson was the renovation architect of this one-room deep house overlooking a deep ravine and creek.