Swiss Avenue Prairie Craftsman

The Swiss Avenue Prairie Craftsman at 4807 Swiss Ave. won a 2008 Preservation Dallas Restoration Award and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Is there any style of house as fetching as a Prairie Craftsman? We’ve found a stunning one in historic Peak’s Addition in Old East Dallas, and she’s a beauty. This winner of the 2008 Preservation Dallas Restoration Award leads the way in our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $327K to $725. You’ll find a range of properties that are all memorable, from a renovated Forest Meadows contemporary in Lake Highlands (with the coolest kitchen island!) to a Hockaday Manor home with an elegant finish-out and architectural interest in every room. Let’s go!

 

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Historic Craftsman 6015 Bryan ParkwayEvery house has a story. Some are sad, some are funny, and then there are the love stories. Our Saturday Seven Hundred at 6015 Bryan Parkway is all about love. This historic Craftsman came close to just being a memory. (more…)

Wilson House Preservation Dallas

Calling all historic architecture lovers! Preservation Dallas is hosting the Historic House Specialist Seminar March 2-3 at the Wilson Carriage House. The seminar is open to everyone. So whether you’re in the real estate, construction or development industries or just a history hobbyist, this event is for you.

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130 N. Edgefield Front

The old house life is one coveted and enjoyed by legions of history buffs and appreciators of fine craftsmanship. To love an old home is to accept one of the most fundamental things about them — they’re old, and they’ll need fixing.

But in the hands of a true lover of aged architecture, an old house turns into a breathing, living structure full of history and life. That’s what we love about a brand new listing from David Griffin & Company Realtors agent Diane Sherman in historic Winnetka Heights. It was lovingly restored by its more recent owners, including sellers Barry Binder and Tracie Dockwell. The before-and-after shots will floor you!

Find yourself falling fast for our High Caliber Home of the Week? Contact Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans today to get pre-approved and ready to put in your highest and best offer.

But to really appreciate how far this incredible, 1914-built prairie foursquare has come, you have to see where its new life started.

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Elmwood

Over the past year, the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff has surged in popularity. Here, houses are around 1,500 to 1,600 square feet, usually three bedroom, and often under $300K. That affordability, coupled with the lovely topography and proximity to downtown Dallas, have buyers snatching up the Elmwood homes that hit the market (you can see three recent listings I’ve written about here, here, and here).

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of what’s available, located at 1715 Lansford Ave., near W. Claredon Drive and S. Edgefield Avenue. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,459 square feet on one story, built in 1947. This same house further north in Oak Cliff would be in the mid-$400s, says listing agent Crystal Gonzalez with David Griffin & Company Realtors.

“It’s hard to find a 3-2 brick house in Oak Cliff that’s in good condition for under $300,000,” Gonzalez said. “Elmwood still has a lot of character, with Tudors and cottage-style homes, but it has affordability — you can buy these great houses for less, which you really can’t do from I-30 down to 12th street.”

With recent renovations and cute curb appeal, this home offers a lot to buyers.

“The cool thing about this house is it has two living areas, which is great because you can still keep a formal area and have a big open space to entertain in with the kitchen and den,” Gonzalez said. “It’s near walking trails and in the heart of Elmwood, which has nice topography and lots of trees.”

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Eagle Ford Elementary School.  Source: Google Maps

On Monday, preservationists launched the process of designating the Eagle Ford School building as a historic landmark. If you’ve driven down Chalk Hill Road just south of Interstate 30, you may have wondered about the rather small, oddly out-of-place concrete building, brightly colored with lavish details at the entry. Above the front entrance is inscribed “Eagle Ford District 49.”

The almost-forgotten Gothic revival building at 1601 Chalk Hill Road was at risk of being demolished. The road was recently closed due to construction, but neighborhood historic groups had been talking to the owner for years about plans for the building.

From 1916 through 1963, the school served the many immigrant families living in Cement City, Arcadia Park, and other nearby neighborhoods.

Bonnie Parker, of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, is the most well-known attendant of the Eagle Ford elementary school — her report card was found in its basement.

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christmas gifts

Stumped for last-minute gift ideas for someone on Santa’s nice list? Why not consider a membership or donation to a North Texas nonprofit in their name? It’s a thoughtful alternative to yet another gift that might sit unused or unappreciated.

Here are a few of our favorites related to Dallas history, preservation, housing, and architecture.

 

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2017 Preservation Achievement Awards

The Liberty Bank Building received a 2016 Preservation Achievement Award. All photos courtesy of Preservation Dallas

Do you know of an outstanding preservation project that deserves recognition, or maybe one that you have done? If so, then nominate it for the 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards, to be presented in May.

Each year, Preservation Dallas presents the Preservation Achievement Awards to a select group of individuals, organizations, and businesses for projects involving the preservation, rehabilitation, and enhancement of Dallas’ historic buildings and neighborhoods.

“The Preservation Achievement Awards are a great way to recognize the outstanding preservation projects that have taken place and the efforts that the owners go through to preserve an important part of Dallas’ built history,” said David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas. “We are grateful to them for saving a piece of Dallas’s past for its future.”

Now is the time to make your nominations for the 18th annual awards. Award nominations are being accepted for:

  • Rehabilitation or adaptive use of a residential historic building.
  • Rehabilitation or adaptive use of a commercial, institutional, or mixed-use building.
  • Rehabilitation of a historic landscape, park, or other historic resource.
  • New construction/infill in a historic neighborhood. This can include an addition directly attached to a building, or an entirely new building (infill) that enhances the historic nature of the original building or streetscape or urban environment.

 

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