There are many reasons why I love 1545 W. Colorado Blvd, aka the Kessler Park House With The Blue Tiled Roof. There’s the step-up from the street, so very majestic. You’re on top of the world every time you walk up, and you rev your quads to boot.
The front porch! Balcony!
The front door. The foyer. The sweeping staircase and bannister. The rich, dark hardwood floors. The mosaics over the windows. The tiles. The bathrooms. The woodwork and moldings — check out the square door panels, rounded door moldings and hinges. All straight from 1927 when the Spanish colonial home was first constructed. The plaster walls. The master bath: huge vessel tub, two wall-mount sinks, two art deco white chests for storage, walk-in shower, did I say the tile?, wood floors in the master bath, kitchen, library, living and dining room. Progressive preservation is alive and well in Kessler Park, a neighborhood unlike any other in Dallas. Architectural Digest has figured this out, too, which is why they are taking a serious look at this home …
The timeless clay tile roof, wrought-iron scrollwork and Moorish accents, the Romanesque colonnade. Thank you sweet Jesus, the home was meticulously restored and expanded by Dallas architect Bryan Trubey in 2008. Sold last summer for full asking at $1,625,000 to buyers represented by Collin Curtis & Company. And the house has been taken to a haut new level by designer extraordinaire Margaret Chambers, with landscape design re-shaped by Lee Roth.
Do not miss it! Seriously, go to the Home Tour, and call me after you see it!
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).