Ahead of Annual Home Tour, Oak Cliff Preservationists Rebrand

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1545 W. Colorado Blvd. is a stunning Hutsell-designed home with beautiful curves and tons of history.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has always had a mouthful of a name, which was even more cumbersome as an acronym — OOCCL. But that’s all in the past now, as the organization seeks to focus on the area’s heritage — Heritage Oak Cliff, to be exact.

This year’s historic home tour will show off the architectural diversity of Oak Cliff on Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased through the website (which is still ooccl.org for now) as well as  Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumbs (315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville).

Read on to preview this year’s tour homes, which includes the impeccably restored Hutsell-designed mansion perched on a hill at 1545 W. Colorado Blvd.

1545 W. Colorado Blvd.

Designed in the fashion of the Lakewood homes for which architect Clifford Dorris Hutsell is best known, this two-story Beaux Arts beauty was named by D Magazine as one of the ’10 most beautiful homes’ of 2015. A timeless clay tile roof, wrought-iron scrollwork and Moorish accents lend distinctive character to the architecture, and the Romanesque colonnade underscores a second-story balcony — offering breathtaking views of the neighborhood from atop its hillside perch.

The home was meticulously restored and expanded by local architect Bryan Trubey in 2008 to comprise five bedrooms, four and one half baths, and 4,512 square feet. With interior design by the incomparable Margaret Chambers and a recently completed landscape design by Lee Roth, this stately, inviting home is an extraordinary example of Dallas history with contemporary flair.

3407 Kiest Forest

In its nearly original condition, this stately 1966 midcentury modern home is located in the unique Kiest Forest Estates enclave in Oak Cliff. The neighborhood was created in 1962 under the guidance of developer Thomas Russell in conjunction with the neighborhood’s master plan architect, Robert E. Acrey, Engineers.

Russell preserved large areas of natural tree cover and homes were custom designed to fit unusual, “challenging-to-build-on” plots. The unique topography was maintained and enhanced with winding streets and custom-built homes that follow the natural landform.

The house is a sprawling, 2906 square-foot, single-story design thoughtfully positioned amidst a 1-acre, heavily-forested hillside with enough privacy to negate the need for window coverings.

1011 Kessler Parkway

Masterful design and grandeur are uniquely embodied in this four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bath home situated in the estate section of East Kessler Park. Majestic trees frame the home with lush landscaping creating a sophisticated and luxurious retreat that reflects that magical merging of inspiration and architecture.

This recently remodeled, 80-year-old Austin Stone home was constructed in 1938. The guest quarters, pool and game room were added in the years to follow. 

804 Kessler Woods Trail

Nestled in the exclusive gated community of Kessler Woods, just one block from Stevens Park Golf Course, this 3011-square-foot modern masterpiece was designed to take full advantage of its spectacular setting directly atop Twelve Hills Nature Center.

No matter the vantage point from which one experiences this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom wonder and its environs, it is easy to forget that uptown and downtown Dallas are merely a few minutes away. 

Designed by Mark Domiteaux of Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, this home was custom built in 2013. Landscaping was designed by David Hocker and Christa McCall, and installed by Bonick landscaping. The pool and spa were added in 2016 and were also constructed by Bonick. David Brothers Design performed additional interior and grounds renovations in 2017. 

802 Salmon Drive

This charming 1926 Craftsman bungalow offers 1,408 square feet of living space. Originally featuring three bedrooms and one bathroom, the home was renovated and reconfigured in 2009 to the taste of modern living, while keeping the original footprint. Beginning at the front door, a central hall offers an unobstructed view to the back garden, creating a breezeway that cools the house in the summer.

With a 2009 Green Award, Preservation Dallas recognized the sustainable manner in which the home was renovated. Building materials were recycled or donated for reuse, paints utilized were eco-friendly, and wood sealants were water-based. Salvaged transom windows were added for passive airflow and natural daylighting into hallways. Concrete countertops were poured for long-term durability. Additional updates include period lighting, new plumbing and electric, nine-foot ceilings, smooth-finish walls, and new appliances.

806 S. Storey

The owners of 806 S. Storey always dreamed of owning a modern home. When this double lot behind the Dallas Zoo came up, they set that dream in motion. They engaged architect Lukas Petrash to make it a reality. Petrash specializes in affordable modern homes.  He purchased this one third-acre double lot for himself and had already started designing the home. The owners fell in love with the design as well as the Forest Highlands Neighborhood and convinced him to sell it to them.  He continued to work with them to fit the structure to their needs and specifications.

The owners acted as general contractors for the project and did much of the work on the 1,850-square-foot, pier-and-beam house themselves. 

525 Mayrant

The OOCCL Home Tour inspired this homeowner to move back to Oak Cliff. She grew up in the Elmwood neighborhood and after attending the tour several years ago, realized that the charm and nostalgia of an older home, combined with her passion for family history could be a really fun and meaningful project. Her vision was to renovate a home in or near her old neighborhood. When an elderly lady, who meticulously cared for this home for over 40 years, decided to sell it, she purchased it and spent a year renovating it. One of her ex-students (and family friend) was her contractor and did a brilliant job. He expanded the kitchen, converted a bathroom into a laundry room, and added a new bathroom and closet. The original hardwood floors were uncovered and refinished.  She was eventually able to bring her elderly friend for a visit to see the changes.

The 1950 Austin stone ranch style home was one of the first homes built in Wynnewood North. 

1347 Michigan Ave.

Situated on a prominent corner, the low-slung ranch home features an array of vintage and modern amenities. Originally built in 1955 for Dr. K.F. Ludden, a surgeon at Methodist Hospital, the home is now cared for by the third owners Scott & Claudia Freeman. An extensive renovation began nearly 10 years ago to create the property we see today.

OOCCL is honored to feature this property located in the East Oak Cliff neighborhood of Cedar Oaks. Large and small homes built mostly in the 1940’s and 1950’s can be found in this neighborhood, which is adjacent to the Dallas Zoo. Residents enjoy the hilly terrain, old growth trees and wild peafowl that roam the area and have become an unofficial mascot!

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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