Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Gears Up For a Busy April

This beautiful fieldstone Tudor at 3615 Cornell will be on this year’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society home tour. (Courtesy Photo)

April is event month for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS). Whether you’re a history buff, an architectural aficionado, a real estate junkie, or a classic and antique car enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of reasons to put Park Cities on your April calendar.

The Distinguished Speaker Luncheon kicks off the iconic annual events on Wednesday April 10, at Brook Hollow Golf Club where CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans will be the keynote speaker.

Individual tickets start at $150 each and $300 each for Patron seating. Sponsorships and table underwriting range from $1,500 to $10,000. Tickets are available at www.pchps.org.

Proceeds from the 2019 Luncheon will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives, and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors who plan to study architecture or history.

Slated for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Historic Park Cities Home Tour is the perfect opportunity to get an inside view of some of the most beautiful early 20th century homes in the Dallas area. From landmark architecture, exquisite style, and immaculately-landscaped grounds, you’ll have an awe-inspiring adventure and leave with plenty of design ideas.

3615 Cornell (pictured above)

Owned by Ted and Camillia Shoemaker, 3615 Cornell is a spectacular fieldstone Tudor cottage dating back to 1924. Despite being one of the earliest residential projects by architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek, designers of Highland Park Village, their adaptive interpretation of authenticity translated to the look and feel of an English countryside.

3910 Gillon

Owned by Sydney and Elizabeth Hurley, 3910 Gillon is a stunning 1918 Tudor designed by noted architect Hal Thomson. Two facing gables, an arched entry, and layered elevations – along with fluctuating window shapes, masonry detail, and cast-iron accents – add depth and dimension to this timeless treasure.

3524 St. Johns

Owned by Jack and Kate LaGere, 3524 St. Johns was built in 1928 on a corner lot at St. Johns and Byron. Not only are the LaGere’s just the fourth family to live in this eclectic Tudor, it was an ideal fit with their vision to preserve and redesign a classic home. After enduring a year of back-to-the-studs renovation, the makeover was finished in 2015. Scott Slagle was the architect.

3657 Stratford

Owned by Jim and Susan Murray, 3657 Stratford was built in 1916 and is the oldest house on the home tour. Designed in Greek Revival architectural style, the home includes Neoclassical touches like parallel glass side panels and transom surrounding the front door as well as an alluring front porch.

Home Tour tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour at any of the four homes. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.pchps.org or from Tom Thumb stores at Snider Plaza, Preston Center, Greenville and Lovers Lane, Inwood and University, and Lincoln Center.  

The Classic and Antique Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Burleson Park (3000 University Boulevard). Car owner registration is at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free to the public, and the display fee for car owners is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. The rain date is Saturday, May 4.