Apparently nothing is sacred. We are absolutely crushed to find out that the Trammell Crow estate — one of the most splendid historic homes in Highland Park — is slated to be torn down by Andy Beal, the billionaire who purchased it just last year. If you’ll remember, Beal purchased this C.D. Hill-designed home as well as Walnut Place (the Crespi Hicks estate) last year, and just re-listed the larger Walnut Place with Allie Beth Allman.
We were shocked to see an advertisement for a pre-demolition sale of interior fixtures from the Trammell Crow Estate on a Highland Park garage sale group:
Architect C.D. Hill initially designed this home at 4500 Preston Road for Edgar Flippen, namesake for Highland Park’s Flippen Park.
We have contacted the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society for comment, but have yet to hear back. However, Candy spoke to the estate sale operator last night and discovered that Beal is scraping the historic Crow estate to build a new estate home but will be paying extra loving attention to preserving the trees and fantastic landscape. At least one Crow family member is trying to preserve as much of the architectural structure as possible.
“One of Trammell Crow’s daughters is getting the panelling that came from a castle,” Candy added, noting that there are two cool old bank vault doors to be salvaged, and an old office desk that was attached to the wall.
Appliances are also available for bargain hunters with a truck, including a huge viking range, a $15,000 Vent-a-hood, and older Sub Zeros. You can also snag kitchen cabinets, stone landscaping, and pretty much anything that hasn’t already been scrapped.
Here’s a video of the property while it was still marketed by Allie Beth and Pierce Allman: