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9400 Rockbrook Drive, Dallas, Texas

Preston Hollow Modern Home

In 1950, Frank Lloyd Wright began his only residential project in Dallas. This home, designed for John Gillin, was completed after three years of construction in 1958, Wright's last home...  See More

This style is born not by rigid modernists but by artists who incorporated materials and space to accommodate their lifestyle.

7035 Lakewood Boulevard, Dallas, Texas

Clifford D. Hutsell designed this Lakewood home for himself in 1930. At a cost of $10,000, this was one of the most expensive new residences in Lakewood and the same...  See More

4304 Arcady Avenue, Dallas, Texas

In 1992, Wilson Fuqua carefully delineated the front door and the stacked architectural elements above to create a composition that stands alone, blends in, and contributes to the Spanish Colonial...  See More

This style is born not by rigid modernists but by artists who incorporated materials and space to accommodate their lifestyle.

3511 Overbrook Drive, Dallas, Texas

This insignificant older home was adapted by an artist and designer and his wife. Japanese water gardens and teahouse surprise the visitor. An extended patch of wild flowers slope up...  See More

The use of half timbering in the construction of the home designed by Richard Drummond Davis identifies it as English, similar to a Tudor style home, while the massive quality of the home designed by Cole Smith presents more Elizabethan character with the use of symmetry, heavy stone, and verticality to draw ones' eye up; all prominent design features used in this era.

Rockbrook is a street of cutting edge masterpieces designed over 50 years by architects such as Howard Meyer, Howard Hamilton Harris, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Steven Holl and Bud Oglesby. It is also a street that epitomizes the architectural taste of Dallas.

4606 Park Lane, Dallas, Texas

In the mid 1980s, the Maguires commissioned architect Jack Hemphill to design this stately mansion on the corner of Rockbrook and Overton Shelmire designed the addition. Rather than be hidden...  See More

Wilson Block, Dallas, Texas

The style of this architecturally distinctive home is Queen Anne, complete with the wood trim, stenciling, murals, and wall coverings from the Victorian period. The house is constructed with a...  See More

5427 Morningside Avenue, Dallas, Texas

5427 Morningside captures the charm of the several hundred Tudor cottages on the M Streets, now a conservation district. These brick homes with irregular stone ornamental inlays have a screened...  See More

The stacked duplex is a popular Dallas architectural convention. Often, these duplexes have similar elements of Tudor cottages or Spanish Eclectic homes. A series of these homes are found in several East Dallas and Lakewood neighborhoods, along with Highland Park, University Park and Oak Lawn. These duplex residences give each family a full floor, high ceilings, many windows and a front balcony porch or balcony to enjoy.

Popular in the 1920 and 1930s, stacked duplexes are peculiar to Dallas in both their abundance and predilection for Spanish and Tudor elements. While most cities have side-by-side two story duplexes or row houses, Dallas has stacked duplexes that have only one visible front door to be consistent with the surrounding single-family homes. On the narrow street of LaVista, these duplexes repeat themselves. On Normandy there is a series of similar duplexes with variations of the facade. On Binkley the duplexes have been converted to single-family residences.

The first Prairie style home Frank Lloyd Wright designed was in River Forest, Illinois, in 1893. This Winslow house is much closer in mass and style than the later Prairie style homes for which Frank Lloyd Wright is better known. A front door and side lights, horizontal bands of trim separating floors and wide roof overhangs are found in the Prairie style interpretations that swept across the Midwest and certainly in Dallas between 1905 and 1920.

The Prairie box or American Four Square is often just that. A basic symmetrical home with a gabled or hipped roof. The front porch is generally the full width of the house with square, not tapered, columns often supported by horizontal half columns. The soffits are flat and closed and the exterior siding has a horizontal course line if it is brick or wood teardrop siding if it is a frame to give a horizontal shadow line. Wide double horizontal bands of trim are found on both the first and second floor. Many of the homes have gabled dormers. From this basic pattern Palladian dormers will give it a Mission look or classical columns will give the home a neoclassical flavor. Sullivanseque trim or geometrical patterned windows can give a home a more refined Prairie style appearance.

These homes remain, however, simple designs with double passageways and large double-hung windows, providing an open floor plan and plenty of light. While they were built for only a short period, they are very accommodating to a contemporary lifestyle.

3601 Crescent Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Old Highland Park would not be old without old houses. The largest collections of remaining Prairie influenced houses in Highland Park is found on the 3600 block of Crescent. As...  See More

5303 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas

This is how the Munger Brothers first touted their new development that had replaced a 300 acre cotton field on the eastern edge of the city limits. A City Beautiful...  See More

No other setting in Dallas would be as perfect for this Normandy Stone farmhouse. It is placed on top of a hill with no driveway or walkway interrupting the lawn that comes down to the small dead end street in a neighborhood you can only approach over the historic stone bridge that is framed by creeks and built on stone.

These fanciful houses are influenced by architectural elements of farmhouses across France. Some are ornate and embellished, others are simple and rustic.

3211 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas

Highland Park Historic Landmark

Mark Lemmon designed 3211 Mockingbird in 1924. Mark Lemmon's wife, Maybelle Reynolds Lemmon explained that "During World War I, he was in charge of 250 men in a transport division....  See More

Several homes in Dallas were designed to replicate Mount Vernon. The Hunt Mansion survives; Governor Clements home has been torn down.

4800 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas

4800 Preston Road was designed in 1910 and remained a landmark for 90 years. Not only was it one of the first homes built in Highland Park, but it was...  See More

4009 West Lawther Drive, Dallas, Texas

Since the 1920s until today, Dallas residents and visitors have driven around White Rock Lake and marveled at this imposing home looking over the lake. Built by H.L. Hunt at...  See More

4321 Overhill Drive, Dallas, Texas

4321 Overhill, built by Hugh Prather in 1923 has a stunning arched stained glass window framed by two Spanish Colonial carved columns and extended capitals. The largest stained glass window...  See More

4524 Rawlins Street, Dallas, Texas

This home represents one of the finest restorations in the neighborhood. Quality materials and engineering provide the structural quality. The original owner traveled with architect Ralph Bryan throughout East Texas and...  See More

4938 Junius Street, Dallas, Texas

CD Hill designed this home in 1909 for his family. In Munger Place, all the homes start with a Prairie-style theme and become designed or embellished in various styles including...  See More

5439 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Swiss Avenue Historic Home

This home was designed by Hal Thomson in 1914 for George Greer, the president of Magnolia Petroleum Company, which later became Mobil Oil. Truly eclectic, the home is not true...  See More

1177 Lausanne Avenue, Dallas, Texas

This Italian Renaissance home is prominently set in Kessler Park as the first home built in this expensive development created in 1925.  See More

French Eclectic homes designed primarily between 1915 and 1945 had steeply pitched roofs and flared eaves and the homes had some decorative half timbering, but not excessively used as in the Tudor homes. Often they had a tower with a conical roof. They varied widely in styles derived from different parts of France but they lacked the classical direction of the French eclectic homes built in the second half of the twentieth century.

4416 Lakeside Drive, Dallas, Texas

Often we not only lose good houses to new construction, but we lose a beautiful site as a lot is scraped and flattened to accommodate the new house. This French...  See More

5500 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Many consider the Aldredge House, a French Eclectic style home with Renaissance detailing, the high mark of eclectic architecture by Hal Thomson. The home is owned by the Dallas County...  See More

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