There are homes that are meant to be preserved, loved, cared for, and kept intact — from generation to generation. Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 4311 Arcady Avenue is a Highland Park English Tudor that is the very definition of such a home.
I’m growing weary of teardowns in general, and in specific, those happening in one of our most significant neighborhoods. What do you think really makes the Park Cities, the Park Cities? People move here for two things — schools, of course, but the real motivator is a sense of history and knowledge that you are buying into an established neighborhood with homes that have provenance.Why live in a white box rather than a home with true character? You quite honestly cannot build houses like this any longer. It would cost far too much, and you’d be hard-pressed to find the artisans that know how to construct this sort of quality today. Here’s my advice: When you see a home older than 1950, jump on it. They are easy to update, and they have already proven they can withstand the test of time with style and grace.
Dines and Kraft built this Highland Park English Tudor home in 1935. George Marble, a partner of Charles Dilbeck, was the architect. He’s notable for interiors that were less quirky than Dilbeck, and yet still quite large. Trolling the Dallas Morning News archives, I found an advertisement for this Highland Park English Tudor in January of 1936. Take note that it was January and the fact it was heated was quite remarkable!
PALATIAL NEW HOME
Open 2 to 6 and Heated
Magnificent circular stairway, extra-large living and dining room, unusual powder room.
Second floor, four large bedrooms, two baths, wonderful combination den and recreation room, two baths, wonderful combination den and recreation room 20 x 20 feet. Garage attached to home. Central heating. All inside pipes installed for cooling system
DINES & KRAFT
“Fine Home Builders for 20 Years”
It was purchased in 1936 by W.J. Morris and was the scene of many exciting parties, teas, and society functions as the family had a very socially active daughter attending SMU!
Some further digging found that members of the Corrigan family knew the Morris family. So, I was not surprised to find that in 1957 Leo and Marilyn Corrigan bought this gorgeous Highland Park English Tudor.
Leo Corrigan was a real estate magnate. In fact, Corrigan Tower was built by Leo in 1952 and has just become the latest super cool place to rent in Dallas. Corrigan was also the owner, after Adolphus Busch, of the historic Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. It’s evident that Leo had design sense, and knew quality.
Over the years the Corrigans added, renovated, and updated their home, turning to the best talent Dallas had to offer. If you’ve been around Dallas for a generation or two, you’ll recognize the talent that worked on this home. Architects Beran and Shelmire, who rejuvenated the Adolphus in the 1980s, designed the additions and modifications. Architect Wilson McClure designed the interior details, and noted interior designer Gloria Nicoud made the house a home for the family. The pool was designed by Naud Burnett and the greenhouse and conservatory by Armstrong-Berger. Clint Horticulture created the latest landscape plan in 2008, and maintain it to this day.
This Highland Park English Tudor is a home that requires an understanding and appreciation of history and character. After over 60 years in the same family, it deserves a smart and savvy steward to shepherd it into the next decade.
Allie Beth Allman agent Pete Livingston has this beauty listed for $3.595 million. I suggest you move quickly because this is truly a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to own a gorgeous piece of Dallas history.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com