Since September (2015), the house has been on Preservation Dallas’s most-endangered list. Its roof is decorated with tattered strips of blue tarp after an attic fire almost three years ago. A giant concrete hunk of the house has fallen into the weeds.
As the process moves forward to secure the fate of the Bianchi House, DEEP – the Dallas Endowment for Endangered Properties, Inc., has committed to following the journey and fundraising toward the effort of receiving or purchasing the home for restoration, deed restriction, and re-sale.
The home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1995, and was first identified by Preservation Dallas as an endangered property in 2016.
4503 Reiger was the “House of the Future” at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park, because of its advanced ventilation and plumbing systems and novel features such as closets in every room! Yep, that’s what I wrote, a closet in every room was considered a HUGE deal. Now, if we don’t have a bathroom in every room, our bladders go on strike.
which produced high-grade concrete with marble chips for pilasters, capitals and inlays in buildings that in large part no longer exist — like Dallas’s Tabernacle Church and Oriental Hotel. He built the home himself; that explains why the interior of a Mission Revival house would have decorative plasterwork, ornate pilasters (which he cast himself) and an incredible mantel cast from a single piece of concrete.