This unique mid-century modern at 10551 Somerton Drive is a shining example of the interesting architecture to be found in Walnut Hill. (Photos: Dan Piassick)
An idea had been bouncing around in the back of Kathy Adcock-Smith’s mind for a while. How could she promote preservation inside her small North Dallas neighborhood? Walnut Hill is a tidy square mile, bounded by Royal Lane on the north, Midway on the east, Walnut Hill on the south, and Marsh on the west. It’s full of mid-century modern homes, with low-slung roofs all made popular in the 1950s, a style that is very much in demand right now, but was somewhat of a novelty back then.
In fact, several of the homes in Walnut Hill were featured in the National Parade of Homes in 1954, hosting more than 100,000 people. The neighborhood is not only architecturally interesting, but many of the residents grew up here and then bought their own home in the area. It’s teeming with fabulous homes, but they’re being scraped at record rates.
“I go to the White Rock Home tour and the AIA tour of homes every year,” Adcock-Smith said. “A lot of the mid-century modern homes in this neighborhood could benefit from restoration.”
But she didn’t put two-and-two together until a neighborhood association meeting a year ago. “Someone suggested doing a home tour, and I thought ‘That’s it! That’s perfect!'”
10222 Better Drive was renovated using the home’s original footprint.