From the Archives: 3229 Regent Drive is a Testament to Architecture and Stewardship

3229 Regent Drive (Photos: Aaron Dougherty)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Heather Hunter: By far my favorite house to drool over, 3229 Regent Drive ranks as my number one for 2017. The story behind this midcentury modern gem, as told by its wickedly charming and entertaining homeowners, gave it a permanent place in my affection. And the collection of authentic and replica art and furniture that adorn every space delight me to no end. Unfortunately, I was too pregnant to waddle around this stunning home in person, but I hope to get the opportunity one day!


The 2017 Modern Mile Home Tour is fast upon us! And to give you a little taste of what’s to come, here’s a look at the Modern Mile Bonus Home. Designed by Texas starchitect Arch B. Swank, Jr., 3229 Regent Drive is a work of art with an unforgettable history.

Once nearly lost to neglect and disrepair, a couple of caring homeowners brought it back from the brink, allowing it to become the jewel of this year’s Modern Mile Home Tour. Built to be featured in the 1959 Parade of Homes, this midcentury marvel was originally home to a NASA design engineer present at Mission Control during the moon landing. Talk about space age!

From the spot-on authentic and reproduction furnishings, to the framed iconic Time Magazine covers, the Modern Mile Home Tour’s Bonus Home proves an unending visual delight. As a lover of all things midcentury, I suspect a walk through this home feels like a spiritual journey. An architectural pilgrimage.

However, the magic of this home lies as much in its incredible inhabitants as it does its architecture. Join us after the jump for the story behind this stunning home and its charming occupants. Oh, and a few teaser photos, too.

To the detail, this home is midcentury eye candy. And making it that way has been something of a lifestyle for David Haggard II and his husband Tommy Sawyers. From thrift stores to antique shops and trips to Palm Springs, the couple has spent nearly every free weekend midcentury treasure hunting for the last 16 years.

“It’s kind of a sickness,” Sawyers said with a laugh. If it’s a sickness, may they never recover.  And may they share their scouting locations with me. From the outset, I informed these gentlemen that I’d have a hard time being the least bit impartial about their home. I want to be invited over. To stay.

“We really love it,” Haggard said. “We’d been on the hunt for a midcentury modern home for years, and finally found this one. We walked in and said, ‘Where do we sign?’ It automatically screamed that it was for us.”

Enthusiastic Stewards

The couple’s love for their home extends beyond the captivating aesthetic. The two medical professionals enthusiastically serve as doting stewards of the home’s rich history.

“I actually was blessed beyond words that the original blueprints have been passed down with every owner,” Haggard said. “We have house plans, the actual original building permit, and the original landscaping plans. I have the original 1959 Parade of Homes write-up.” That write-up, Haggard said, will be on display during the tour, for history lovers to enjoy.

Haggard and Sawyer even formed a personal relationship with the daughter of the original owner, further strengthening their connection to the home’s history. “She actually had slides, and we had those converted into photos,” Haggard said. “So we have photos of it when it was a bare lot, when it was the foundation, when it was being built, and when it was finished.” They’re truly keepers of a bygone era.

“We really have a true love for the house and the family that lived here,” he added.

And while photos of the original interior remain scarce, it’s unlikely you’d need them. Taking in this couple’s incredible collection on the tour next weekend, you will easily find yourself transported to another time – no imagination needed.

 

3 Comment

  • This was an amazing home to see on the Modern Mile tour. I loved seeing the photos of when it was being built too. It’s hard to imagine everything else around it just being empty dirt.

  • We look forward to featuring more amazing Mid-century Modern homes like this one
    during this year’s Modern Mile Home Tour which will be held this October.

  • This MCM is far too fabulous for words, and I’m almost speechless! (Can you imagine a speechless rabbi? I didn’t think so!) Therefore, I’ll solely declare my love for the former china cabinet, surmounted by space-age rockets, and repurposed to a whisky bar. Messrs. Haggard II and Sawyers, please make mine a double. L’chaim!

    And confidential to H.H. Mazel tov on your new little bundle of joy!