Most Iconic Dallas Homes

The Philip Johnson-designed contemporary at 10210 Strait Lane was listed by David Nichols in September of 2014 for $27.5 million. Worth every penny.

I’ll be honest: I cannot stand the word “iconic.” It is overused and hyperbolic. If we call everything that there ever was “iconic,” doesn’t the term become irrelevant?

But I do have to say that when it comes to architecture, Dallas really does have some “iconic” homes. They’re the properties that keep coming up in conversation, whose pedigree is like name-dropping Pritzker Prize winners.

Which is why I was a little stunned that, in the Dallas Observer‘s recent list most “iconic” Dallas homes, there was no mention of the immaculately restored and updated Philip Johnson-designed mansion at 10210 Strait Lane. He is a Pritzker Prize winner, after all.

So what other homes should have made the cut?

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Last Wednesday, we were just starting to feel a bit lighter on the scales after a weekend of eating turkey, or whatever your favorite Thanksgiving indulgence happened to be. Heritage Auctions Luxury Real Estate threw open the doors at 3908 Euclid, the Dallas-based auction house’s next big luxury real estate auction that happens NEXT WEEK! The previews begin this Friday through Monday, from 1 to 5 p.m, at the property.

And where did everyone end up after the presentation? In the DREAM GARAGE!

That’s right, you too can grab the steal deal of the century (and the best garage in Texas) for an exquisitely timeless, modern home on one of Highland Park’s most coveted streets designed by Joe McCall, built by Randy Clowdus, and offered for sale by the folks at Heritage along with Martha and McKamy Tiner from Dave Perry-Miller.

Heritage is the world’s third largest auction house and is a leader in luxury real estate auctions after several recent scores, including the successful sale and closing of 3756 Armstrong Avenue, Highland Park’s famed O’Neil Ford house. It is now the only top tier auction company to offer truly luxury properties through auctions. Utilizing a powerful platform from a client base of more than 900,000 members worldwide, Heritage Auctions specializes in marketing and selling luxury real estate valued at $2 million and above throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and in select international destinations. It is an effective alternative to selling high-end properties in a transparent, competitive bidding environment — all within 60 to 90 days.

True to it’s core business, Heritage also offers a benefit auction at each property prior to sale. Through donated paintings and furniture, funds were raised last week for Jubilee Park, a thriving residential neighborhood in Fair Park, with affordable new housing options for low income residents.

Heritage brought in Joe McCall, of Oglesby Greene Architects, who oversaw the construction of 3908 Euclid. The home is one of the most unique in Dallas. There is a six-car garage split in two, four bays decked out as a professional garage for car collectors and aficionados.

3908 Euclid is not like any other home that has been to auction in Dallas. Frankly, it has no flaws. The home was timelessly built to the most exacting standards by the owners, architect and builder. Though the brick appears to be NorthPark brick, it simply matches the same color.

The home will have an undisclosed (but easily attainable) reserve, the listing price is $6,400,000. It is listed with veteran Dave Perry-Miller agent Martha Tiner and her daughter, McKamy. Get thee to this auction for the bargain of a century!

Oh and one more thing you will not find in any other house in Dallas: a waterproof mailbox! Jump for more party photos!

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This stunning 1925 Hollywood Heights Tudor at 6932 Santa Monica Drive is so spectacular, it was featured in the 2013 Hollywood Heights Neighborhood home tour. But life wasn’t all glamour for this adorable Tudor angel. It’s very hard to imagine, but once upon a time she stood vacant for two years. A family of raccoons even had to be evicted when the home was purchased by the present owners. Originally a duplex, the owners, both former architects, had a clear vision of the property’s potential. Working together with Perrin Scudder, of Scudder Construction, they created a wonderful single family home with immaculate style and grace, and retained the charm of the era.

Of course, they introduced modern functionality where it was needed. The result is an amazingly modern home with the bones and charm of yesteryear.

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Wow, this is something we have not really seen. But how interesting! Show the home in two different colors. Is it red, is it beige, who knows? Maybe it’s BOTH!

(Or maybe you just need new glasses?)Bowman beigeThe house at 9951 Bowman Blvd. was listed as being in Preston Hollow. Yes, Preston Hollow indeed — west of Marsh Lane, east of Webb’s Chapel Road. No fooling, that was what it said on Trulia, those smarties!

9951 Bowman Blvd is in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas, TX. The average list price for Preston Hollow is $1,028,310.

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Marc Fornes

Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Store in London, designed by architect Marc Fornes. Photo: Stephane Muratet

Brooklyn-based architect, artist, and digital thinker Marc Fornes is the speaker at the next Dallas Architecture Forum event March 29.

Marc Fornes

Marc Fornes

Fornes is the founder of THEVERYMANY™, a New York-based studio engaging art and architecture through systematic research and development into applied computer science and digital fabrication. Fornes creates complex, curvilinear self-supported structures located in France, Canada, and the United States. His work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and in many private collections. He has created private residences and pop-up stores for such well-known designers as Louis Vuitton and Irene Neuwirth.

He is also TED Fellow and has been a speaker at multiple events and institutions, including the ArchiLab symposium and MoMA MIND. Together with Francois Roche, he co-created “(n)Certainties,” a graduate studio course at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and Die Angewandte in Vienna.

Fornes is currently teaching at Princeton and Harvard Graduate School of Design. With his diverse background in architecture, design, computation, digital fabrication, and education, Fornes’ presentation is sure to be valuable for the Dallas community.

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The “tiny house” movement, as well as eco-villages, co-housing, and pocket neighborhoods, are some of the responses to urban growth.

Nan Ellin

Nan Ellin

People living in these alternative houses are returning to a simpler way of life. These all incorporate shared amenities and social spaces, encouraging human interaction in order to nourish a deep sense of community. There’s less “stuff” to stress about, a smaller footprint, and fewer wasted resources.

The next Dallas Architecture Forum event is a panel discussion with residents, architects, and developers of such projects. They will explore their successes as well as opportunities for the future in an evening titled Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods.

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mayrath house

Original Geneva cabinets are just one of the Midcentury Modern wonders in the iconic Mayrath house, located at 10707 Lennox Ln. in Northwest Dallas near the Straight Lane estates.

For all of its progress toward becoming a world-class city, Dallas still has a lot to learn about the value of historic architecture.

We are tear-down happy. The list of demolished Dallas buildings with significant historic and architectural value would go on for pages. But here are a few recent examples:

We might have another situation happening now. The Mayrath house at 10707 Lennox Ln. is a Midcentury Modern gem. It was designed by Dallas architect and homebuilder Truett A. Bishop in 1956, and is largely unchanged since then.

Photo: Michael Amonett

Photo: Michael Amonett

A Dallas Times Herald article from Sept. 23, 1957, titled Not a Splinter of Wood Used In Outstanding Home in Dallas, describes the Mayrath House like this:

Wood, the most frequently used material in homes, is completely shunned in the home of one Dallas family. There isn’t so much as a splinter of wood in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mayrath, 10707 Lennox Lane…Built on columns of steel, the two story house is constructed with aluminum, glass, concrete and Austin stone. It may look like a country club at first glance, but it is a luxury home—one that probably is not equaled in the vast Southwest.

In terms of architectural value, this Northwest Dallas home near Royal Lane and Inwood Road is priceless. But it was listed Jan. 18 by Sharon Quist with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $2.5 million, which is just the lot value.

That means the iconic Mayrath house and all its Midcentury significance is likely to face the wrecking ball, probably replaced by another generic McMansion or faux château.

When discussing this possible fate for the Mayrath house, a friend commented, “That is so Dallas.” But it doesn’t have to be. This home is worth saving.

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Bob Harris, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Lake|Flato Architects

Bob Harris, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Lake|Flato Architects

Millennials are a generation 68 million strong in the United States, and their interest in socially responsible and sustainable design and architecture is huge.

The next Dallas Architecture Forum event is a panel discussion called The Social Initiative, focusing on this group of Americans born between 1981 and 1996. Moderated by Bob Harris, this panel will look at why Millennials care less about ego, form, or aesthetics in architecture and design, and more about the needs and experiences of people and bridging boundaries among disciplines, demographics, and neighborhoods.

Harris a partner and lead for the Eco-Conservation studio for Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio. He has more than 20 years of project experience combining award-winning design with sustainable solutions. His work with environmental issues ranges from land preservation advocacy to sustainable urban design. Harris is joined by three panelists:

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