William Briggs

Integration of landscape and architectural ornament create a sense of peace and repose in this William Briggs-designed home in Dallas. Photo: James Edward

When hiring an architect, a lot of people think mostly in terms of the style of their home and details they want in the house. Makes perfect sense, right?

But a truly successful relationship between architect and client begins with a different way of thinking, says William Briggs, founder and owner of William S. Briggs Architects. He’s on a mission to transform the conversations he has with clients and move deeper.

“The real issues are space, materials, light, and how they support a life within them,” said Briggs. “Ornament and style should only be seen as servants to these larger ideas.”

Briggs wants his clients thinking about how they live their lives, how they use their space, and how they function within their home. He wants to create classic homes, no matter the style, that stand the test of time.

“When an architect meets with a client, the client has certain preferences and tastes borne out of how they see their life to be lived,” he said. “It’s incumbent on the architect to listen carefully and give them best version of what that means. Once you can do that, the project will stand the test of time and be refreshing for years to come.”

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Renaissance - Poston Map

In January, the lots located at 3407 and 3409 North Hall Street were reported in DCAD to have been sold to TDRE Lee Park LLC. The actual owner is currently masked behind the LLC with a local address of 4100 Spring Valley Road, Suite 310, in Dallas. However, TDRE Lee Park is a Houston registered LLC, set up by Houston attorney John W. Wood who acts as the registered agent for over 200 LLCs largely located in Houston. Wood is a pretty successful guy who lives in the tony Tanglewood section of Houston – meaning the Poston plots are unlikely to have been purchased by a Mom and Pop looking to restore the property.

TDRE Lee Park LLC is one of three TDRE-named LLCs all registered by Wood and include TDRE Hood LLC that was registered on the same day as TDRE Lee Park LLC (Dec. 22, 2015) and TDRE Investments LLC registered on April 2, 2015. Like all LLCs managed by Wood, they all share the same Houston address (which is meaningless as it’s no more than a mail drop). None of the three list any officers and I suspect they are owned by the same person/organization.

TDRE Hood LLC may hint at a property acquisition on Hood Street, but there is currently nothing in DCAD about any TDRE ownership outside the former Poston properties on Hall Street. Pure speculation, but … there is certainly room along Hood Street to tear down redevelop any number of aging low-rises in this VERY HOT area of Turtle Creek.

In reviewing zoning, lots 3407 and 3409 North Hall account for a sliver less than a half-acre. Given a residential MF-2 listing within the PD-193 area, this limits the parcel to 60 units per acre unless it’s designated commercial, which DCAD says it is. In this case, commercial-designated parcels within PD-193 can accommodate 160 units per acre. However, setback requirements have scuttled deals in the past.

Stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for more as it becomes known.

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Turtle Creek dallasTurtle Creek is a tony neighborhood in Dallas, with lovely parks, historically significant architecture, and the largest collection of residential highrises in the city.

Addresses in Turtle Creek are typically associated with big bucks—according to city-data.com, the average estimated value of detached houses in 2010 was $791,697 (compare that to a city-wide average of $236,454). But there are deals to be had if you’re willing to live in a smaller highrise unit.

Today, we’re looking at a condo in the Renaissance On Turtle Creek, 3225 Turtle Creek Blvd. #1533B, a 1-1 with 831 square feet. It is situated along the eponymous Turtle Creek and offers a sophisticated residence and private suite floor with keycard access for under $200K.

Turtle Creek dallasThe Renaissance condos were built in 1998 and this unit has monthly HOA fees of $449. That includes an underground parking space, access to a health and fitness center, dry sauna, swimming pool and sundeck, Jacuzzi, business center, a 24-hour doorman, complimentary valet parking, and concierge services.

This condo is newly listed by Joe Kobell at Ebby Halliday Realtors for $198,500.

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"Sham" says it all.

“Sham” says it all.

Last night, a coward was busy in Lee Park trying to put forth their agenda of erasing the past – or more likely trying to “go viral” on the Internet. Somehow emboldened by recent events surrounding the Confederate flag’s removal on everything from state capital buildings to The Dukes of Hazzard‘s own General Lee, someone too afraid of dialogue took to blaring their ill-spaced thoughts in Krylon.

Personally, I think flying outdated flags and clutching equally outdated symbols are dubious pursuits no matter the context. Imagine flying the British Union Jack at U.S. government buildings. It’s today, not yesterday. It’s a flag pole, not a history class film strip.

But aesthetics aside, flags and symbols often carry personal weight for those on both sides of their meaning – especially symbols born of conflict. The confederate flag being flown in public areas is a daily reminder of not only the historical tension over slavery that spawned the war, but also of the “sore loser” who uses it to demonstrate the racial motives it represents. To still fly the Confederate flag over a century later is only evidence of ideological stagnation. For a government to fly it demonstrates that, while it’s supposedly the protector of the downtrodden, the government itself sees its own citizens as unworthy of that protection or respect.

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3225 Turtle Creek A

An address on Turtle Creek Boulevard has a certain cachet in Dallas, and often come at a hefty price tag, so an affordable listing always catches my eye.

In today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a high-rise condo at 3225 Turtle Creek Boulevard in the Renaissance on Turtle Creek. Unit 620B is priced at $259,000 with 1,154 square feet. It is a 2-2, located on the sixth floor of the south building, which has 16 floors. It is listed by Sue Krider at Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

The Renaissance is located near the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Turtle Creek, in close proximity to Downtown Dallas, Uptown, Oak Lawn, and the Park Cities. In addition to urban lifestyle options, the condo is also steps from Lee Park and one block from the Beasley entrance to the Katy Trail. The actual Turtle Creek has green spaces, parks, and walking paths, as well.

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Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas' high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas’ high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Tomorrow, Dallas will celebrate a landmark that has stood the test of time. The jewel of Lee Park, Arlington Hall is one of the most recognizable structures in the Turtle Creek area, and this gorgeous structure will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend. To kick things off, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with councilmember Philip Kingston and several Dallas officials, will gather on the steps of the storied structure tomorrow at 11 a.m. to celebrate Arlington Hall’s anniversary. A luncheon will follow that will feature a lecture by Director Emeritus of the National Park Service, Gary Scott, who will speak on Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery, the inspiration for Arlington Hall.

The building, which was designed by notable Dallas architect Mark Lemmon, is a two-thirds scale replica of the Arlington House, which was the home of Robert E. Lee in Arlington, Va. Restored in 2002, this structure was originally dedicated in 1939.

Of course, if you’re not attending the luncheon and celebration tomorrow, you can still go to the open house on Sunday, Oct. 26, where  docents and historians will be on hand to tell the little-known facts of Arlington Hall and its very beginnings in the city of Dallas. The event is from 1:30 – 4:30 and its open to the public.