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The Sunnybrook Residence by architects David Stocker and Stephen Lohr of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro. Photo: Nathan Schroder

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here). This column was originally posted on April 20. 

In Dallas, architect David Stocker, AIA, is well-known for his residential, commercial, and sacred spaces. He approaches his work theologically, he says, creating beauty in a broken world, one project at a time.

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David Stocker, AIA

“I see beauty as largely objective—in a sense we are ‘hardwired’ to experience beauty,” Stocker said. “It is a common trait in our humanity. The creative process is really discovering, or in most cases re-discovering, these timeless patterns of what is known as beauty.”

He is a principal at Uptown-based Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, a firm he co-founded with Mark Hoesterey and Enrique Montenegro almost 11 years ago. As the firm profile states, “We consider ourselves ordinary people who are extraordinarily good at our work. We care deeply about our craft and who it affects, and it is our desire to be always conscious of our design principles and core values, regardless of project type, scope, style, or location.”

Their portfolio on Houzz is a testament to the beauty they create. In fact, they’ve received the “Best of Houzz” design and service awards 2014-2015, and a design award this year. We sat down with Stocker and asked him about his background, philosophy, favorite projects, and more.

CandysDirt: You grew up in Central Illinois between St. Louis and Chicago. How did that influence you?

David Stocker: It gave me great access, at an early age, to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and others and began my love of architecture. I began my move towards Texas by going to architecture school at the University of Arkansas. I was fortunate that E. Fay Jones was active at the school and professor at the time. I loved the school and the program (my daughter is attending now). I graduated in 1984 and decided to make Texas my home and begin my career at HKS [Architects].

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The Sunnybrook Residence by architects David Stocker and Stephen Lohr of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro. Photo: Nathan Schroder

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

In Dallas, architect David Stocker, AIA, is well-known for his residential, commercial, and sacred spaces. He approaches his work theologically, he says, creating beauty in a broken world, one project at a time.

David Stocker

David Stocker, AIA

“I see beauty as largely objective—in a sense we are ‘hardwired’ to experience beauty,” Stocker said. “It is a common trait in our humanity. The creative process is really discovering, or in most cases re-discovering, these timeless patterns of what is known as beauty.”

He is a principal at Uptown-based Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, a firm he co-founded with Mark Hoesterey and Enrique Montenegro almost 11 years ago. As the firm profile states, “We consider ourselves ordinary people who are extraordinarily good at our work. We care deeply about our craft and who it affects, and it is our desire to be always conscious of our design principles and core values, regardless of project type, scope, style, or location.”

Their portfolio on Houzz is a testament to the beauty they create. In fact, they’ve received the “Best of Houzz” design and service awards 2014-2015, and a design award this year. We sat down with Stocker and asked him about his background, philosophy, favorite projects, and more.

CandysDirt: You grew up in Central Illinois between St. Louis and Chicago. How did that influence you?

David Stocker: It gave me great access, at an early age, to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and others and began my love of architecture. I began my move towards Texas by going to architecture school at the University of Arkansas. I was fortunate that E. Fay Jones was active at the school and professor at the time. I loved the school and the program (my daughter is attending now). I graduated in 1984 and decided to make Texas my home and begin my career at HKS [Architects].

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Dallas cougars

Prepare: It’s not just bobcats and coyotes in North Texas. We’ve got a large population of cougars, too.

Everyone is abuzz with the coyote and bobcat sightings all over town, from Plano to East Dallas. These are the new most feared words in North Texas:

“You need to know that a coyote has been spotted out here tonight.”

Several house pets have been killed, and homeowners are alarmed that the coyotes are becoming, well, BOLDER:

In an academic paper for Purdue University, (Robert Timm, a University of California wildlife specialist), outlined several warning behaviors that sound like what we’ve been seeing in East Dallas in the last couple months: an increase in coyotes seen on the streets or in yards at night, coyotes killing pets and especially daytime appearances of coyotes.

Coyotes schmoyotes. Now there’s a different, more fearsome animal you’ll see much more of in North Texas: Cougars.

They are independent, strong, beautiful women of a certain age with definite luxe real estate leanings—full marble master baths with book-matched marble not only on the floors and counters, but up the wall to keep those claws sharp, and a keen (green) eye for style: it’s celadon, dammit, not teal.

Kitchen with dual sinks are a must for visiting South American pumas. Handscraped hardwoods are her floor of choice (doesn’t show scratches), and she will not sniff a house without ensuite baths and at least three powder rooms (gotta check on the sleek looks). 

Most out on the prowl are harmless, though they are crepuscular. A college student jogging in Preston Hollow after dusk was recently picked up by a PH cougar driving a black S-Class who insisted he get in her car, and let her take him home to protect him from the wild coyotes roaming the streets. He didn’t know who to fear more. He succumbed, and she dropped him at his door without a scratch.

Others, have not been so lucky, especially with the mid-cities cougars who have exhibited irrational, aggressive behaviors, such as trapping 18-year-olds.

We’ve talked to several concerned businesses and homeowners alike around DFW to find out where these cougars are most likely to be spotted, usually crouching, and gauging just how dangerous they are. (Only 20 people in North America have been killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, including six in California.) Seeing them in the wild—like at the recently sold Waggoner Ranch—is such a thrill! We have no doubt some will soon be seen at the Crespi Estate/Walnut Place and also down at the former residence of Margaret and Trammell Crow. (Margaret is watching, you cats!)

Truth be told: their coats are to die for.

Just be careful if you’re a 20-something man with big guns. These cougars are bold, confident, devour real estate, and are dressed to kill.

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You didn’t think they’d leave Parkies without a grocery store, now did you? Of course not! Hot news – Nancy Nichols reports on SideDish that Washburne signed a deal just last night with Austin-based Royal Blue Grocery Store. The urban market has everything from bagels and breakfast tacos to antipasto and cheese platters. They also do deli-type catering for one or fifty. The new store is slated to open July 1 in the spot vacated by Tom Thumb at HPV.

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Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

I know lots of people who would be thrilled about Dean & DeLuca moving into Highland Park Village as Tom Thumb plans to move out on Nov. 30, as Maria Halkias reported on the Dallas Morning News business blog. They would certainly be a better fit for the neighborhood, which has homes with an incredibly high values and density.

However, now that the owners of Highland Park Village have said that plans for a hotel in the posh shopping center have been scrapped, we have to wonder what will occupy the 18,500-square-foot space, which is too small for a traditional grocer, but too big for a high-fashion retailer.

What would you like to see in that spot?

Gingerbread Stroll

Gingerbread House by Four Seasons Resort and Club Pastry Chef Randy Gehman and Hayoung Lesser, Photo: Courtesy of Haynsworth Photography

We love the annual Gingerbread Stroll hosted by Highland Park Village. It’s an event that is beloved by both children and adults and features some of the most amazing pastry chefs Dallas has to offer. Organized by the tireless Christine McKenny, a top-producing Realtor at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, it’s a must-do event for the holiday season.

Of course, because of it’s popularity with CandysDirt.com, we’re not surprised that this fantastic event that combines three of our favorite things — houses, shopping, and charity — is one of the top-five gingerbread home events in the nation!

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It’s been rumored for weeks, but today it was made official: Tom Thumb will close its charming Highland Park Village grocery store at Preston and Mockingbird in the next 12 months.

The reason? The store is small and outmoded by today’s mega-supermarket standards, and there is plenty of room for expansion. Also, Safeway, parent company of Tom Thumb, is being courted by potential buyers.

“We have enjoyed being in Highland Park Village over the years, but the store is small and outmoded by today’s supermarket standards, with no opportunity for on-site expansion,” Tom Thumb president Paul McTavish said today in a news release.

Ironically, the Highland Park Village store first opened as a Safeway in 1935.

With Safeway trying to “house stage” for a suitor, the company may well have decided that the store, a mere 18,500 square feet, does not have the revenue potential of the average 46,000 square foot Tom Thumb. There are other, smaller Tom Thumbs around town, such as the Tom Thumb at Snider Plaza, and Preston Center next to Park Cities Baptist Church, but perhaps the rents are not as high. McTavish also says the company is seeking a location to build a full-sized Tom Thumb in the neighborhood.

There is also a Simon David at Inwood and University.

Personally, I like the smaller stores. The fifth and newest Central Market in the Dallas area is on the southeast corner of Royal Lane and Preston Road in the Preston Oaks shopping center.  The space is approximately 30,000 square feet. That’s smaller than the average 45,000 square foot super market, but in my humble opinion, much more efficient. The huge stores have way too many choices, way too many aisles to temp us into buying.

Which is why, perhaps, an 18,500 square foot store cannot be as profitable.

Dallas is one of the most competitive grocery markets in the country. Apparently, it’s a real slug-fest in the grocery store biz. The nation’s supermarket competitors are duking it out harder than ever to:

“enhance their performance and accelerate market share. Gaining an edge over the many faces of competition in the present era, however, requires an ever more delicate balancing act between price, selection and service on one end and cost containment, capital investments in people, facilities and shopper engagement strategies on the other, to attract and retain a strong customer base.”

Rumor (RUMOR!) has it a Dean&Deluca New York-style deli will go into the Tom Thumb space, giving a place to buy a little milk, juice, fruit, black & white cookies and hopefully some great New York City bagels.

There’s nothing like a great New York deli bagel to help you feel better. Skillerns Corner

 

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Talk about delicious real estate! The 2013 Gingerbread Stroll at Highland Park Village plans to top years past with eye-popping confections from the regions most acclaimed chefs.

This annual event is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth who wants to support a fantastic cause. From now until Nov. 30, you can tour 13 of the most posh shops and boutiques in the Park Cities and bid on these incredible decorated gingerbread houses.

Founded by Dallas Realtor and all-around charitable virtuoso Christine McKenny, this event is a tasty way to bring together the community while raising funds for local childrens charities. Last year, the stroll raised $8,000 for Community Partners of Dallas, and this year’s beneficiary is Wipe Out Kids Cancer, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating pediatric cancer by funding research.

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“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” McKenny said. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always fun to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

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Gingerbread Stroll attendees can enter to win prizes such as a holiday carriage ride through the Park Cities, an overnight stay at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek or the Ritz-Carlton. You can buy gingerbread cookies from Celebrity Bakery, too, of which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Partners of Dallas.

The talented pastry chefs participating in this year’s stroll include:

• Celebrity Café & Bakery | Decorator Jamie Eckert
• Fine Arts Concepts | Joy Lynn
• Four Seasons Resort and Club, Cafe on the Green | Pastry Chef Randy Gehman & Hayoung Lesser
• Hilton Anatole | Pastry Sous Chef Kristina Kent
• Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion | Pastry Chef Saju Meppidayil & Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer
• Omni Dallas Hotel | Pastry Chef Kristina Kent
• Remington College Pastry Arts Program | Chef Jeff Johnston & Students
• Rosewood Crescent Hotel | Pastry Chef Carly Fields
• Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek | Pastry Chef Nicolas Blouin
• Royal Oaks Country Club | Executive Chef Wade Burch CEC
• The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas | Pastry Chef Corey Thomson
• Tom Thumb | Gingerbread House Creator Sherry Barnard

Merchants opening their shops for the stroll include: Beretta Gallery, Carolina Herrera, Celebrity Café & Bakery, Cole Haan, Deno’s of Highland Park, ESCADA, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Lela Rose, Robert Talbott Carmel, SCOOP NYC, Trina Turk, Tom Thumb, Village Barber Shop, Village Kitchen and TOKO V.

Go stroll and bid today!