By Donovan Westover
When I began working with Dilbeck connoisseurs Willis Winters and Jann Patterson Mackey on house selection for Preservation Dallas’ October 27th Fall Architectural Tour – Charles Dilbeck In Dallas, they stressed the need for us to feature a Cochran Heights home. The neighborhood recently received a Texas Historical Commission marker recognizing it as a significant part of Texas history, based upon the numerous Dilbeck designed houses in the neighborhood.
The entire neighborhood is fun and peculiar to immerse in, and the house we focused on is a super intact library of Dilbeck’s quirk. So much so that the house still has the 1936 kitchen and bathroom! While it may be the tour’s most modest Dilbeck house, it delivers a powerful punch. The current stewards have taken incredible care of this little gem as only the third owners, and I can hear the cameras clicking away to capture all the surprising details.
From the Dilbeck fireplace and brickwork, to the wooden beams and scroll-cut ornamentation, to the various window patterns, this charming home hits every note on the Dilbeck scale. There is a surprise around every corner and you will feel at home, so much so you may not want to leave.
Join Willis, Jann, and Preservation Dallas on Saturday, October 27th, as we tour this, and several other amazing Charles Dilbeck designed residences around Dallas. It promises to be a day of magic and you do not want to miss it! Thank you to Dave Perry-Miller InTown for sponsoring Milam Street for Preservation Dallas’ Charles Dilbeck In Dallas Tour.