Highland Park and University Park are still veritable treasure troves of historic architecture, and The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society will hold landmarking ceremonies from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 to recognize four excellent examples. The homes — all striking examples of living history — offer insight to this significant area. One, however, stands apart: 3910 Gillon, the home of Elizabeth and Sydney Hurley.
This gorgeous Hal Thompson design offers so much character, all wrapped in a wonderful story. To read about it and see the full schedule of homes, jump:
The homes include:
10:00 a.m. 4001 Lovers Lane Circle. – Dr. Susan & Kent Roberts
10:30 a.m. 3901 Lovers Lane – Donna and Herb Weitzman
11:00 a.m. 3910 Gillon – Elizabeth and Sydney Hurley
11:30 a.m. 4417 Lorraine – Cordelia and Tom Boone
By 1918 noted Dallas architect, Hal Thomson, had finished work on this rare jewel in the Tudor crown of Dallas residences. Two front facing gables combine with arched eyebrow entry and visor roof details to provide intriguing layered elevations on the facade. Positioned on a magnificent lot, the Hurley home is a prime example of quintessential Tudor style design elements: random colored slate tiles, alternating window shapes, unique masonry details, and cast stone accents including quoins framing the front door. Gargoyles and a pair of 17th century bronze lion statues acquired from Savannah invite you into this remarkable home.
After a 15 month extensive restoration, the Hurley family moved in ten years ago. Talented Dallas architect Robbie Fusch and legendary Fort Worth interior designer Joe Minton spearheaded the project. The magic begins as soon as you walk through the arched solid oak front door with its significant strapping hinges. A sweeping entry and stairwell are anchored by a highly polished white marble and black granite floor. The large, gracious living room has white paneling and open casements that provide abundant natural light and accentuate the spectacular artwork. An original fireplace provides warmth and the stone mantle is one of the many appointments carved by historic wood carver Peter Mansbendel. Adjoining the living room is a sunroom and music room, inspired by the the first owner’s wife, music director of the Hockaday School. Peter Mansbendel carved the brackets, busts of Bach and Beethoven, and the Juliette balcony in this delightful space.
The formal dining room is defined by a dynamic hand painted custom wall paper, dramatic silver leaf ceiling treatment, crystal light fixture, and Roman arch leaded glass windows. French doors open on to an indescribable sun room which once was a screened in porch. The black and white marble and black granite floors appear here also. Some of the Hurley’s outstanding collection of Eastern European paintings can be viewed here.
The kitchen is connected to the dining room by a butler’s pantry. Architectural beams, antique clay tile flooring and a keeping room with Tudor arch fireplace create a cozy feeling. The large center island with antique light fixture and custom copper stove hood also provide both a work station and a space to entertain.
Beautiful pine paneling and soaring beams spiral up to a three story vault in the family room. Lovely English fabrics cover the furniture and coordinate with the wallpaper and invite visitors to relax. A hallway from the den leads to a downstairs guest room. The other primary four bedroom suites are upstairs. The master suite and the other bedroom areas gained significant closet, sitting room, and bathroom space during the renovation. The master bedroom has a whimsical canopied bed and window seat. Subtle vintage fabrics and wallpapers were used through out. Each daughter has both a large bedroom and generous sitting area.
The superb craftsmanship, artisanal materials, architectural excellence, and timeless quality of this residence convey a story that speaks volumes. The rear yard has graceful dimensions and easily accommodates the pool and three car garage. One hundred years later this residence articulates the argument that preserving and protecting such an exceptional gem reaps untold historical and personal benefits.
Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s mission, the central purpose and mission of the Society, is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities, “Shaping the Future of Our Past.” PCHPS vision, the desired future vision for the Society, is to inspire passionate community support for the preservation of historic homes, buildings, parks, landmarks and traditions of the Park Cities.
Membership in PCHPS is open to the public and includes such benefits as educational meetings in private homes, opportunities to become involved in the events each spring, including the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon (featuring our own Candy Evans!) happening on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the Historic Home Tour on Saturday, April 13, 2019 and the Classic and Antique Car Show, participate in the annual July 4th parade and more. Visit the website at pchps.org for more information.