Douglas Newby
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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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