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Whitney Biennial 2019

My fascination with the Whitney Biennial began when the Whitney Museum selected @JamesSurls for the Biennial. This was long before my first trip to New York. The 2019 Whitney Biennial was the edgiest, most elegant, and calm Biennial that I have seen in many years. Over the next few days I will be posting my impressions of some of the work, that the Whitney has selected to give a snapshot of current American art. I have found that the work in this Biennial is conspicuously current but much of it revisits mediums and approaches from the past—found objects, textiles, weavings, pottery, photographs, and pen and ink architectural façade drawings. The exhibition also includes two of the most current political toxic topics—gender self-identification and a suggestion of life/choice conversation, which the artist contributes to in a fascinating, subtle, elegant, and provocative way. This post will also include art from some of the other artists in the exhibition including Calvin Marcus, Joe Minter, Milano Chow, Augustina Woodgate, John Edmonds, Jennifer Packer, Janiva Ellis. *Whitney Biennial 2019
#WhitneyMuseum #WhitneyBiennial #WhitneyBiennial2019 #Design #Architecture #Painting #Museum #Art #Artist #Weaving #Textiles #FoundObjects #Photography #Modern #Contemporary #RearviewMirror #Exhibition #BiennialExhibition #BiennialArtists #NewYork

Dallas Inflection

New York projects the idea of black as the tone of fashion and uniform of the city. Blue suits and brown leather shoes for hedge fund managers and lawyers also come to mind. Especially before Memorial Day. But these are just the base notes for the New York kaleidoscope of costumes and color. When in New York I find myself dressing sometimes in a more formal way, sometimes a more casual way, and sometimes in the same way as I do in Dallas. One of the many great things about New York is that every inflection adds to the visual texture and personality of the city. I have found that regardless of what I am wearing, that when I bump into celebrities they are always polite. *Dallas Inflection
#Manhattan #UpperEastSide #City #CityNeighborhood #Fashion #StreetAttire #Dallas #Restaurant #StreetLife #Design #Costume #StreetFashion #Tourist @lagouluenewyork #lagoulue

Erector Set City

Last year MoMA displayed an artist’s vision of a 30th century city. The few skinny tall buildings piercing the cityscape struck me more than the colorful playful shapes. I was struck this year by the NYC tall skinny buildings with cranes on top being erected. They already changed the skyline. Only they appear above the Central Park trees. (Slide images.) From the Met rooftop we can see how these skinny structures relate to the NYC skyline imbedded into our consciousness. The skyscape begins to look like an ornately decorated cake with a few skinny birthday candles placed randomly on top. One more thing comes to mind. In the 1990s when artist Kengelez did the model 30th Century City, our Leadership Dallas class on the first day was divided into small groups for an exercise. We were given a tube of tinkertoys and five minutes to build the tallest structure without it falling down. Our group, a future judge, banker, and architecturally significant agent, took a judicial approach creating a solid aesthetically pleasing structure, not the tallest. I chuckle at groups that took opposite approaches on the spectrum. The developer, investor and entrepreneur without conversation started sticking vertical pieces on top of the other straight up! In 30 seconds it would topple and they would start over. Another group was equally hilarious when the starting whistle blew. An Asst City Mgr, Deputy Supt DISD, and Asst Police Chief opened the instructions and read the caution notes on the tinkertoy tube. More conversation, more reading, and when the final whistle blew, just like the developer group, the tinkertoy pieces were scattered on the table with no structure. Not saying these pencil-thin New York tall skinny structures are going to fall over but may tap into instincts of developers. I am saying bureaucrats are silly cautious. Decades ago Dallas looked like a toy city with buildings as tall as New York and Chicago, but only a small cluster. Soon maybe all cities will have New York’s birthday candle architectural skyscape. *Erector Set City
#CentralPark #NYC #Skyline #TallSkinnyBuildings #MetropolitanRoof #Architect #Architecture #City #ToyCity #ErectorSet #erectorsetcity

Metropolitan Interpretation of Dior

The recent exhibition of Jonas Wood at the Dallas Museum of Arts, Dior at the Dallas Museum of Arts, and now this Dior dress and Salvador Dali painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has me thinking about art, fashion, architecture, and how these aesthetic disciplines have the same notes and relate to each other. (Slide through to see previous posts.) I do not associate artist Salvador Dali with this painting of a woman in a pink taffeta Dior dress, nor do I think of Christian Dior when I see this dress. However, I love how the frills of the dress dissolve into strong architectural lines and simplicity. The vibrant color becomes subtle as it is further subdued by the consistency of a complimentary sash. In Jonas Wood’s painting of his boyhood kitchen, the defining architectural lines emerge from a lush botanical motif of the surfaces. The art patron standing in front of the painting is wearing the same botanical motif; however, the straight lines of her midcalf open jacket define the modernity of this apparel. The Van Gogh landscape painting almost becomes the pattern of the Christian Dior dress next to it just as a natural dense landscape almost becomes a solid with variations of shades. This dress does the same. These pairings of #DressForPainting, design, art, architecture, and fashion all come from the same place. *Metropolitan Interpretation of Dior
#MetropolitanMuseumofArt @metmuseum #Museum #Art #Artist #Design #Designer @Dior #ChristianDior #SalvadorDali #Architecture #Fashion #DallasMuseumOfArt #VanGogh #Landscape #Botanicals #JonasWood @DallasMuseumArt

Bathroom Jewelry

Dallas bathrooms became infamous in the 1980’s and their notoriety continued into the 1990’s. These huge bathrooms were considered contemporary expressions of Texas bigness and over-the-top opulence. It wasn’t until the recent Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art that I realized Karl Lagerfeld designing for Chloe may have even had a better idea. Rather than just one opportunity to have their opulent Dallas bathroom photographed and published in a showy shelter magazine, one could have worn the Karl Lagerfeld-designed showerhead necklace and matching earrings (scroll to see image) to display a decadent opulence, inspired, I am sure, by the Dallas bathroom. The oversized 80’s and 90’s houses are now often torn down but this 1983-84 Karl Lagerfeld necklace can be prominently worn or displayed forever. It is true that some extraordinary outfits can only be worn once as they are easily remembered. I am sure the strategy for this necklace was to wear it first for a series of small dinners hosted in the owners’ personal homes in different locations and then regional parties, before the necklace and earrings were unveiled on either coast and internationally. Handled right, this jewelry could have become quite practical. Camp is, “Ideas, held in a special playful way.” Susan Sontag, 1964. *Bathroom Jewelry
#NewYork #Texas #Dallas #Fashion #Design @metmuseum #MetropolitanMuseumofArt #MetCamp #KarlLagerfeld @Chloe #Chloe #CampNotesOnFashion #Camp #Showerhead #ShowerHandle #Jewels #Necklace #Earrings

Heidi Tribute

Cultural Slumming! This was the headline for the House of Moschino Jeremy Scott-designed dress exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum’s Camp: Notes on Fashion. How appropriate that Heidi Dillon wore, Drink Moschino Cape from this series, a few years ago to the DMA Art Ball. Heidi, more than anyone else I know in Dallas, has always embraced camp and elevated it to high fashion. Heidi loves fashion and has fun with fashion. The Metropolitan chose this quote by David Halperin for the piece: Camp—demonstrates an exhilaration in identifying with the lowest of the low. Heidi can elevate the lowest cultural ritual to a cultured Chi-Chi expression. Cultural slumming would define one of my favorite hijinks in which Heidi was an enthusiastic participant. Many years ago, the Dillons and I were invited to the very elegant opening of the Chanel store in Highland Park Village. Heidi’s response was to enhance the decadence of this elegant evening with what some would consider a low form of cultural ritual—tailgating. Across from the Chanel store in a Ralph Lauren parking space, the open trunk of the Bentley revealed blocks of the finest foie gras in exquisite serving pieces. This was my first time tailgating for any event, but it was a delightful and joyful experience as we drifted back and forth from the Chanel store to the tailgate. Heidi has the ability to identify with the lowest of the low and enjoy life with the highest of the high. If you slide through images, you can see some other fabulous costumes by Jeremy Scott shown at the Metropolitan Museum. Earlier this year, Heidi Dillon hosted Jeremy Scott at her house for dinner. I am sure he came away from the evening with further inspiration. *Heidi Tribute
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Sam Gummelt Re-emerges

Sam Gummelt was a national sensation in the late 1960s. He was a major influence on artists like Dan Rizzie and David Bates in the 1970s. He was great friends with artist David McManaway, Bill Komodore, and many other celebrated artists of that generation. He shared a birthday with artist Barbara Bell and, most of all, I think of Sam Gummelt as a Tremont Artist, not because he lived on Tremont Street in Munger Place, but because of the hours and days he spent on Tremont sharing stories, ideas and inspiration with other artists. Sam Gummelt was also one of the favorite artists of the late architect Frank Welch who vigorously collected him. Sam Gummelt has shown his work over the decades in important galleries and been collected by sophisticated patrons, but like David McManaway his production never equaled his talent or the demand for his paintings. I am very excited that the Barry Whistler Gallery is showing Sam Gummelt’s work in an exhibition that opens Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00. Slide through to see photographs of Paul Black co-curated by Allison V. Smith and the 1814 Magazine along with the paintings of Sam Gummelt makes this a very exciting opening. *Sam Gummelt Re-emerges
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Allison V. Smith Curation

Photography, like other art, is about composition, context, point of view, and how it affects the viewer. Photography has another dimension—capturing a moment in time that can never be replicated. Whether it is a dramatic event that disappears completely, or a nuance of an orchestrated scene, the slightest variation changes the mood and alters the message. Allison V. Smith adds another dimension to this exhibit of Carol photography by Paul Black between 1968 and 1972 which she co-curated with 1814 Magazine. Allison Smith has an instinct to capture the precise emotion of the moment with the click of her camera. It might be a deep emotion surfacing or the changing nuance of a landscape. Capturing or provoking emotion is what Allison V. Smith does. This show exhibits moments that captivated Allison. These black and white photographs of modest and mundane scenes are sexy and compelling. They draw one in, provoke, and make one long for more. You will see what Diane Arbus saw in Paul Black early in his career when she selected his portrait as the best of show—purity and precision, perfect photographs, prescience of his later career processing photography at his Photographique lab in Dallas. His black and white photographs are as pure as the natural and honest approach of the era. His beautiful wife, Carol, and setting conveys a Pennsylvania simplicity that transforms into fashion, domesticity that transforms into glamour. Unadorned and unselfconscious, these photographs explore the intimacy of the home and the evolution and moods of Carol—an artist, a wife, a mother. You will enjoy seeing these photographs at the opening of the exhibition Carol on June 1 at the Barry Whistler Gallery. *Allison V. Smith Curation
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Texture Creates Shapes

What a treat to have in Dallas two museums on Flora Street, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, increasingly complimenting and impacting each other. Both grow as a result. What an unexpected surprise to have two exhibitions to explore how textiles create shapes. The Dior exhibition of the DMA shows the architecture and evolution of dresses through the evolution of designers and decades. As you slide through, you will see images of designers’ work seen at the DMA, exploring materials that are tightly tailored or loosely flowing. Artist Sheila Hicks’ work is an exploration of fibers, texture, and shapes. Her inspiration for her art might even come from the feel of texture in her hand. Just as fashion designers do, she explores century-old techniques and natural fibers, and recent synthetic fibers, and technology with much different effects. I recommend if you have not seen either exhibit yet, go to the Sheila Hicks exhibition at the Nasher Museum first. You will leave with a whole new understanding of textiles, textures, drape, form, shape, and the broad and delicate strokes of design and construction. *Texture Creates Shapes
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Continuous Joy

Soft mounds of enticing textured color immediately brings a smile. A floating glass wall does not divide this installation but extends the mood and visual delight as one can see the sculpture through the glass and tumbling around the glass. This Sheila Hicks piece invites an intimacy that extends to every other more detailed pieces in this solo Sheils Hicks exhibition at the Nasher in Dallas. *Continuous Joy
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May 23, 2019, 8:39 am

This Shelia Hicks constellation pulls one in to explore vignettes and patterns of design and texture. On closer examination, there is minute detail that comes into focus. These threaded revelations encompass greater mystery within each of these spherical objects. A simple pattern of color and similar shapes becomes increasingly complex as it dissolves into mystery. Artist Sheila Hicks can make the primitive profound.
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Margaret McDermott Home?

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?
#MargaretMcDermott #MargaretMcDermottHome #ScottLyons #Preservation #PeriodModern #HighlandPark #ArchitecturallySignificant #Dallas #Architecture #Architect #HistoricPreservation

Scott Lyons Blossoms

Architect Scott Lyons originally set up a mobile office in what is now the garden where he designed and oversaw the construction of this architecturally significant home in Mayflower Estates. When the large O’Neil Ford designed home of the Pensons on Armstrong in Highland Park was torn down and even a 14,000 square foot home only 20 years old was torn down in Mayflower Estates, I love Walter and Audrey Stewart’s vision, who groomed their Scott Lyons-designed home and garden. Their efforts were followed by another couple, cultural patrons, who elaborately renovated their Scott Lyons-designed home next door. The average size and price of these two Scott Lyons homes was approximately that of Margaret McDermott’s home at 4701 Drexel in Highland Park. When talented buyers recognize the architectural significance and quality of a Scott Lyons home, the enduring appeal of Scott Lyons architecture is confirmed. Having sold these two homes designed by Scott Lyons, I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of other potential purchasers who loved the warmth and modernity of the Scott Lyons Texas Modern design. Scott Lyons, who for a time worked in the office of O’Neil Ford, shared his affinity for continuous walls of soft, oversized, Mexican brick, quarter-sawn white oak and enormous walls of windows capturing the views of creeks or gardens. This enthusiasm for Scott Lyons-designed homes and the ability to make them current works well for the future of the late Margaret McDermott’s home in Highland Park. It would be disingenuous to claim there is no market for a Scott Lyons-designed home on expensive land as an excuse for selling the home to a buyer who will tear the house down. This home definitively demonstrates that a Scott Lyons home of the same size and on the same priced land as Margaret McDermott’s home can be sold to a buyer who will renovate it. *Scott Lyons Blossoms
#MargaretMcDermott #HighlandPark #Mayflower Estates #ScottLyonsArchitect #Architecture #Preservation #HistoricPreservation #ArchitecturallySignificant #DallasNeighborhood #ContinuousWalls #Dallas #TexasModern #MayflowerEstates #Design #EstateHome #Modern #Window #SoftMexicanBrick

Preston Hollow Edge

Sharing an edge with proper Preston Hollow is Mayflower Estates. Arbitrary boundaries can make a monumental difference in perceived prices and values of land and neighborhoods. Walnut Hill twenty years ago was one of these neighborhood edges, with the land in Preston Hollow south of Walnut Hill costing twice as much as land in Mayflower Estates, north of Walnut Hill. Now, Mayflower Estates is on the right side of this Preston Hollow edge with even more valuable land. Rather than fences, here White Rock Creek might delineate boundaries and privacy. Boundaries are blurred with extended views of several-acre estates with their lakes, creeks, and gardens. Whether a home is in a town, a city, or in an estate neighborhood, people love being surrounded by nature. *Preston Hollow Edge
#MayflowerEstates #PrestonHollow #EstateArea #Dallas #EstateNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #LandscapeDesign #LandscapeArchitecture #Horticulture #Garden #Tree #WhiteRockCreek #EstateProperty #DallasEstateHome #ScottLyonsArchitect #WalnutHillLane

Urban Edge

Swiss Avenue is known for being the grandest street in Dallas and in the middle of rejuvenating neighborhoods, only 22 blocks from downtown Dallas. While the perfect proportions of these architecturally significant homes and deep uniform setbacks from the wide landscaped boulevard convey a majestic grace, many do not realize how the large lots and mature trees create a serene setting for these architect-designed homes. Many think of Swiss Avenue on the urban edge, I think of Swiss Avenue homes as having layers of trees, and gardens and paths, like this home that becomes one of the quietest, protected settings in Dallas. Swiss Avenue homes are also more embraced by nature because the historic ordinance design guidelines prevent the building of neighboring homes that could dominate the site or impair the views of nature. Swiss Avenue homeowners in the 1980s recognized early the historic value of the Swiss Avenue homes and how the neighborhood could be revitalized. The prices on Swiss Avenue have been tethered by this generation of owners who always have emphasized the historicity of the homes and almost a self-conscious proclamation that this is really a good neighborhood. As these long-time homeowners are moving, the next generation of Swiss Avenue homebuyers recognize the modernity of Swiss Avenue homes, the timeless grace of the architecture, and the abundantly green setting in the most vibrant neighborhood of Dallas. The last generation brought the street back. The next generation of homeowners will be the ones that realize the economic appreciation and full value of these Swiss Avenue homes and neighborhood. *Urban Edge
#SwissAvenue #Garden #Dallas #UrbanEdge #Landscape #LandscapeArchitecture #UrbanNature #Tree #DallasNeighborhood #Neighborhood #HistoricDistrict #Design #MungerPlace

Township Edge

A serene edge between the home of the late Margaret McDermott and the middle of, the epicenter of Highland Park—Highland Park Town Hall, Fire Department, library, and park. Here a few of Mrs. McDermott’s grandnephews and nieces and their children found a quiet corner of her garden in the bustling celebration across the rest of the landscape following the packed memorial service at the Meyerson Symphony Hall a year ago. Arthur Berger created the landscape design for Mrs. McDermott’s Scott Lyons-designed home. This landscape design allowed her to be in a peaceful environment as she welcomed and incesssantly entertained guests from Dallas and around the world. Margaret McDermott loved gardens and flowers—flowers she grew or arranged, wildflowers along the highway or at her farm, or flowers planted at the Dallas Arboretum. Margaret McDermott helped inspire, cultivate and massage gardens much like she cultivated and groomed Dallas, always encouraging, nurturing, and giving credit and acknowledgement to others. *Township Edge
#HighlandParkDallas #Dallas #HighlandParkTownship #TownshipEdge #Landscape #LandscapeDesign #Garden #ArthurBerger #LandscapeArchitect #HighlandParkNeighborhood #OldHighlandPark #HighlandParkTownHall #Architecture

Van Gogh → McDermott+Berger → DMA+Dior

Dress for Painting II. This pairing at the Dior exhibition at the DMA reminded me of Mrs. McDermott’s love of gardens and architecture. Margaret McDermott gave this Vincent Van Gogh painting Riverbank in Springtime to the Dallas Museum of Art in memory of the fabulous landscape architect Arthur Berger. I have always associated Arthur Berger with his exquisite landscape design and siting of a small, exquisite, modern home O’Neil Ford designed on the Turtle Creek Bluff at 3900 Stonebridge in Turtle Creek Park. It was fun for me to hear her reminisce about O’Neil Ford, Arch Swank, and Arthur Berger who were some of her earliest and favorite friends. She became a patron of them and their work and remained friends through their lifetimes. It is nice to be reminded of their friendships with the gift of the Van Gogh painting that she made in memory of Arthur Berger. It is perfectly paired with a Dior dress at the Dallas Museum of Art exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World. If you slide to the next image, you will see an earlier post of Beverly Freeman in a green coat that matches perfectly with a Jonas Wood painting shown in his exhibition that opened earlier in the year at the DMA across from the Dior exhibition. Both pairings of Dress for Painting, one curated, the other spontaneous, show the impact and correlation of landscape on painting and fashion. *Van Gogh → McDermott+Berger → DMA+Dior
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Arboretum Point

This White Rock Lake site is a wonderful example of the point I made in my TEDx talk Homes That Make Us Happy, it is not how much land your home is on, but what you are next to or across from, a park, a lake, a meadow, a trail… This East Lawther lot is across from and next to all of the above. It is on 0.5 acres but it has a view very similar to the four-acre lot that I sold on the other side of the lake. This home site is on a point at White Rock Lake that was once owned by the Dallas Arborteum. The home with first and second floor porches wrapping around it is also embraced by Winfrey Point, a meadow, a trail, and a boat ramp at the edge of the lake. The friendly sounds of a baseball field further down the lake accentuate the atmosphere of a park setting. I love sites that are right in front of us but no one seems to notice. Locations come and go, but good sites are forever. *Arboretum Point
#WhiteRockLake #WinfreyPoint #EmeraldIsleNeighborhood #Dallas #Park #Architecture #Porches #Balconies #BikeTrails #GoodSite #Neighborhood #dallasneighborhoods

Woven Entanglement

Tangles create Clarity! Fierce conversation begets resolution. Savage binds in lyrical shapes and vivid color convey an animated conversation. Is there a French expression for—it is so messy it is beautiful? Artist Sheila Hicks puts one totally at ease with the sculptural mound of soft shapes and joyful colors that one first sees upon entering the exhibition at the Nasher Museum in Dallas. A primordial respect and attraction is then generated by this piece. Subliminally, the majestic colors and tactile beckoning of this tangled composition connotes beauty and optimism. As you walk in, or zoom in closer, and look deeper, the material becomes surprisingly fluffy and comforting. You will depart this work as when you first entered the gallery, with ascending joy! *Woven Entanglement
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Interpretative Weave

I am incredibly drawn to this Sheila Hicks piece at the Nasher. The more I look at it, the more captivated I become and visually pleased. Weaving created the medium—long, loose, narrow, textured banners of luscious color reminiscent of hand-fired glaze. These interlaced banners now serve as the palette and the design of this loosely woven piece that fills the room with energy. These two dozen interchangeable banners create a powerful design of rich color. It reminds us of the thousands of threads that create the subtle variations in color and texture that makes the medium and the effect of this piece so powerful. Whether you look at this work from a distance or in visual vignettes or up close, there is a majestic quality Sheila Hicks brings to her art. It is nice that those of us in Dallas don’t have to wait until October 21 to see a Sheila Hicks installation exhibited at the MoMA. *Interpretative Weave
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Hastings Origin

Dallas will forever know Sheila Hicks from her exhibition, opening at the Nasher this evening. Many now will always associate the Nasher Sculpture Center with Sheila Hicks’ vibrant work that makes one step back and admire, walk around and absorb, dive in closer, increasingly mesmerized by the visual tension of the details. I will always associate the avant garde brilliance of Paris-based, Yale-educated Sheila Hicks with Hastings, Nebraska, her birthplace. Many associate Nebraska with the swaying wheat and cornfields her grandfather pointed out extended as far as the eye could see, the reason America would never go hungry. I associate Hastings with the 2:42 a.m. Denver Zephyr trainstop in the middle of the country that both Sheila Hicks and I took in our youth to visit our respective grandparents. My grandfather owned the bank, her grandfather owned the general store, where I recall my grandfather buying important provisions when I discovered a squirt gun for sale. Hastings also was my introduction to culture, the Pioneer Museum/House of Yesterday and fascinating people. I recall Betty Kostle McBride, my mother’s closest childhood friend and Carleton College roommate, visiting Hastings where her father was the doctor. She glided across the living room of my grandparents’ architect-designed 1952 modern home with long hair, bare feet, and brightly painted red toenails. What I thought elegant as a child, my mother mentioned was a bit unusual. It made sense when years later I discovered the McBrides were managers of Allen Gingsberg’s City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, the epicenter of the Beat and counterculture generation. Tractor tire tubing with the McBrides gave me farm cred with Allen Ginbsberg when he visited SMU. Another Hastings contemporary of our grandfathers was Patricia Shinn’s grandfather, the owner of the Hastings title company. Patricia and James Shinn came to Dallas as Director of International Affairs after their prestigious and elegant postings in the diplomatic corps. The Nasher conveys the rich texture of Hastings and the magic of Sheila Hicks. *Hastings Origin
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As John Reoch said when he moved from Philadelphia to Munger Place decades ago, “Driving down Fitzhugh was like visiting the United Nations.” Many countries from around the world were represented in small shops, micro-restaurants, and recently arrived immigrants inhabiting crowded, dilapidated housing. I recall 20 years ago, James Shinn, the Dallas Director of International Affairs, asking me where I specialized when he was discussing having me represent Patricia and him on the sale of their Turtle Creek Park home. For the first time, I said with a smile, I specialized in the Fitzhugh corridor. My answer might have been considered a counterintuitive pitch at the time since Fitzhugh probably conveyed the most negative connotations of a street in Old East Dallas. However, it spoke directly to Turtle Creek Park, which is bordered by Fitzhugh (along with Turtle Creek and Rock Creek). And despite Fitzhugh being so sketchy, it bordered many of my favorite neighborhoods including Northern Hills, Cochran Heights, and the Swiss Avenue, Jefferson Peak, and Munger Place historic districts. Now, the Beverley restaurant is an exclamation mark on the transformation of Fitzhugh and Old East Dallas. Recently, with Jim and Carole Young, two of the most respected people in Dallas, we celebrated a special occasion, on the patio at the Beverley reflecting the changing perception of Fitzhugh. A charming manager and staff, good food, and surrounded by what some might even classify as beautiful people, Fitzhugh has become a destination rather than an international trek through cultures. Slide through to see the Beverley and vestiges of the early Fitzhugh. *Fitzhugh!
#Beverley #Fitzhugh #FitzhughCorridor #Dallas #DallasNeighborhoods #CochranHeights #JeffersonPeak #TurtleCreekPark #NorthernHills #MungerPlace #SwissAvenue #OldEastDallas #HistoricDistrict @BeverleysDallas #Transformation #Revitalization

Tremont Trees

Which expresses the decline of a neighborhood more—peeling paint on houses, broken curbs and sidewalks, or barren parkways? One of the early Munger Place neighborhood initiatives was to plant parkway trees. One of the homeowners went through the 12-block neighborhood with a backhoe, scooping out a place for the cedar elms that cost the homeowners $25, or a red oak that cost the homeowners $35, with other Munger Place neighbors helping place a tree and covering the root ball with the excavated dirt. Neighbors also bought these inexpensive trees for the houses on the street owned by absentee owners. Immediately, these saplings gave life, definition, and a sense of the future for the neighborhood. Now these trees provide a majestic feel to Munger Place. Having grown up riding my bike on the tree tunneled streets of Hinsdale, these arching trees are both nostalgic and help define the success of the neighborhood. The early Dallas City 312 low-interest renovation loan program made no impact on Munger Place. Code Enforcement made a miniscule impact on the neighborhood. However, bond money and block grant money for new curbs, sidewalks, street paving, and antique street lights replacing the telephone poles and electrical wires propelled the revitalization and renovation momentum. Neighborhoods improve when there is physical evidence of a better working future. *Tremont Trees
#treetunnel #Trees #CedarElm #RedOak #MungerPlace #Dallas #AntigueStreetLights #pathtosmu #pathtotrinitygroves #Revitalization #Renovation #NewCurbs #NewSidewalks #Neighborhood #HistoricDistrict #ParkwayTrees #DowntownNeighborhood #SingleFamilyHomes

Counterintuitive Real Estate Ideas

Dubious Real Estate Clichés and Real Estate Myths were discussed in a Conversation at the Barry Whistler Gallery. Surrounded by the fabulous art (slide through to see) of artist including,Tom Orr, Linnea Glatt, Jay Shinn, and Allison V. Smith, the room was filled with friends who I think have the greatest real estate instincts, who are either visionaries or have a keen curiosity that quickly grasps concepts contrary to the real estate mantras passed down for decades. This conversation and reception also reminded me of how powerful art is for engaging people, generating interaction of people, and reminding people of the importance of aesthetics to a home or site. Many thanks to Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith, and Fernando Alvarez for opening the Barry Whistler Gallery for this conversation. As I said at the Barry Whistler Gallery in the Design District that evening, “We are in the safest space in Dallas. Any real estate agent has been required to check their license at the door. We are in a real estate license-free zone.” This was a fun evening of ideas and art! *Counterintuitive Real Estate Ideas
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April 21st has always been one of my favorite days. It is the day the Dallas Commissioner’s Court designated for Margaret McDermott Day and the Dallas Morning News editorial page lauded the day and the many contributions of Margaret McDermott and the spirit she infused in Dallas. Also, it is the birthday of Queen Elizabeth, who I admire with increasing intensity. The Queen has an incredible sense of the public and her service is understated considering what she does and how much she does. Also, the Queen and the royal family have created incredible branding. The House of Windsor is a totally made-up name in the last 100 years or so. This April 21st is also Easter, which makes the day this year even more fun and significant. Happy April 21! *Celebration
#Easter #MargaretMcDermottDay #QueenElizabethBirthday #dallas #joyspotting

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