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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Fitzhugh!

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!
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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
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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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Celebration

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

Architecture Propels Faith

Architect Mark Lemmon designed this Methodist Chapel on the SMU campus in University Park. Sacred spaces invoke a tranquility and appeal that goes beyond their specific discipline. Here the chapel is used for a Catholic Easter vigil starting with lighting of the candles for a procession into the chapel. We see the cathedral of Notre Dame attract more visitors than the Eiffel Tower. Recently, we have seen nonpracticing Catholics and nonbelievers on their knees or weeping at the site of the fire. The sorrow expressed went beyond the loss of architecture and went directly to the faith and feelings that this architecture propelled for so many. I have always loved sacred architecture, whether it is imaginative, modern, or steeped in historical tradition, shiny or rustic. My favorite sacred space is where a birch bark cross, bound together, was placed on the point of a peninsula protruding into a small glacial lake surrounded by virgin forest. Birch bark-covered logs provided the seating and white faded stones lined the path to this transformative spot. Simple or elaborate, architecture and design does more than house or protect, it nourishes.
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Reclaim Palm Springs

Palm Springs would do well to reclaim the vibe conveyed in this 1990s shoot of 1950s Palm Springs. Dallas may no longer have cattle drives through the region, but it still has boots, buckles, and swagger. There is still iconography and a vibe in Texas that continues. Most of the mid-century Palm Springs hotels are gone, but the vibe of Palm Springs should continue. My recommendation is to place these Thom Jackson photographs of Chandra North in every major Palm Springs hotel, the vistors bureau, and Palm Springs promotional material. The 1950s and 1990s are decades of growth and change. It was a time of underlying elegance, sophistication, and fun. These Thom Jackson shot photographs of Chandra North show these aspirational qualities are timeless. *Reclaim Palm Springs
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Palm Springs in Dallas

Photographer Thom Jackson and model Chandra North reminisce about their photography shoot in Palm Springs 30 years ago. This retro shoot for American Airlines brought attention to Palm Springs in 1990 and brings attention to Palm Springs now. It also brings attention to the Craighead Green Gallery where these photographs are exhibited and brings attention to Dallas. The talent of photographer Thom Jackson and beauty of Chandra North demonstrates that fashion, photography, and art show best in Dallas. *Palm Springs in Dallas
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Small House Triumphs

This small home on four acres overlooking White Rock Lake is a triumph and testimony for quality architectural renovation design. Architects Ted Larson and Paul Pedigo of Larson & Pedigo reduced the 1939 home to its original 3,600 square feet ten years ago and designed the renovation that has continued to attract families to raise their children in the home. In this era where even 12,000 square foot homes are being torn down after 20 years, this 80-year-old 3,600 square foot home reflecting the architecture of its period survives. One can never underestimate the importance of a vision for a home and quality design and renovation. Sited on land with far more value than most lots where 10,000 square foot homes are being torn down, this home remains. This spring the third family with children purchased the home and will keep the original 3,600 square foot architectural footprint intact. These buyers were attracted to the refined and sophisticated materials, finishes, and craftsmanship that enhance the elegance and relaxed lakehouse feel of the home. The renovation design immerses the home on the site and provides full views of the lake, the spectacular terraced land, trees, and gardens. The owners that originally renovated the home had a vision that a 1930s home typical of the era could be enhanced by accentuating its merit rather than conspicuously modifying its architecture. The second family continued to groom the four acres of land to make it even more enjoyable and enticing for their family. Now, the third family with children, since the renovation, is able to fully enjoy the architectural and landscape contributions of their predecessors. A home on
White Rock Lake is more than just a home. It is about the benefits and tranquility of the lake. When someone says a house should be torn down because the land is so valuable, this is a good example of a small home where three successive families with ample resources celebrated the land with a small house design renovation. *Small House Triumphs
#SmallHouseLargeLand #Preservation #Architecture #Architect #LarsonAndPedigo #Design #WhiteRockLake #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #PeriodHome #Renovation #Historic

Dallas Gallery Excels

At the Dallas Art Fair, collectors are introduced to galleries around the world. Also, art collectors from around the world are introduced to Dallas art galleries. The Valley House Gallery with the insightful presence of gallerists Cheryl and Kevin Vogel, in a prime location on the second floor, exhibits several sought-after artists like Mary Vernon and Sedrick Huckaby shown here. The energy of Dallas galleries, including Conduit, Liliana Bloch, and many others next to San Francisco, New York, and European galleries is contagious. Walking the halls, you will see drifting in and out of the galleries sophisticated collectors, museum directors, and art lovers. Dallas at the end of the 21st century second decade is becoming what the Chicago Art Fair at the Navy Pier was in the last decade of the 21st century. *Dallas Gallery Excels
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Art Fair Begins

If you live in a neighborhood north of downtown, just follow the moon until you see the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas and you will be at the entrance of the Dallas Art Fair. Galleries are taking the Dallas Art Fair more seriously, as are the art collectors. The work exhibited has a great range of price and relevance and is well curated and displayed. International artists are introduced or reintroduced to collectors. Interestingly, galleries from both coasts bring work of Dallas artists that they show in their galleries to share with the international audience that comes to the Dallas Art Fair. This Art Fair in Dallas is such a nice way to acquaint oneself with a great amount of art and artists in a short amount of time. The Dallas Art Fair also provides the opportunity to spend quality time with many of the top gallerists from across the country and around the world. The best news is the Dallas galleries hold their own! *Art Fair Begins
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#Art #Artists #Gallerists #ArtGallery #DowntownNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood
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Black and White?

Artist Linnea Glatt has always impressed me with her work. It is geometric, precise, organized, symmetrical, sequential, balanced, and correct. But, as you can see, this mounted sculpture has soft tactile edges. This linear piece creates undulating shadows and then your eye is taken back to the black and white contrast the artist created. Here artist Linnea Glatt has created a sculpture that presents itself as a statement of black and white, but is so much more. You can see recent work of Linnea Glatt at the Monumental II exhibition @BarryWhistlerGallery that opens April 6th. * Black and White?
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Orr Art

Life can be just life Orr so much more—it can be art. Artist Tom Orr’s work for this Monumental II show opening @BarryWhistlerGallery is just that. Tom Orr works large, strong, and with finesse. I have long been impressed with how well his work stands up to time. Like his work today, his pieces from decades ago are still inviting and compelling. Good art like good architecture does not waver out of a trend line rendering it out of date, it becomes more centered on enduring design fostering even greater appreciation. You will enjoy seeing recent work of Tom Orr when the Monumental II exhibition opens April 6th at the Barry Whistler Gallery. * Orr Art
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Academic Set Back

In the distance, framed through the allée of live oaks on the median of SMU’s Bishop Bouevard, is the domed Dallas Hall. This architectural icon of SMU higher learning was set back from the entrance of SMU almost as an academic lure or academic destiny. Now it looks set back in the distance as an afterthought with the five-story indoor football practice field dominating one’s SMU field of vision. Instead of SMU setting back the indoor practice football field, they set back academics and what SMU stands for. *Academic Set Back
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