Bud Oglesby Townhome Shines with Signature Architectural Elements

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Write what you know, right? That’s why I typically gravitate towards 1980s-built soft contemporary homes, popcorn ceilings and all. But I became a fan of midcentury modern style the moment I purchased a Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Table reproduction and started learning more about the architecture and design of this distinctive era. I’m a novice though, so I tend to defer to other CandysDirt expert writers about MCM homes.

I’m taking the plunge though with this Bud Oglesby midcentury modern townhome at 3615 Gillespie Street #A in Oak Lawn, listed for $345,000 by Charles Gregory with Dave Perry Miller Real Estate.

This 1958-built townhome was renovated in 2007 with a careful appreciation of its 50s flair. The stained concrete floors, exposed brick walls, and wooden floating staircase found in this home are signature Oglesby architectural elements.

Well-thought-out natural light is another signature element for homes designed by the late Oglesby, who once said, “How you deal with light is extremely important. How you let it enter a building, how you treat it on outside surfaces through trellises, shutters, courtyards, and recessed windows is crucial.”

High-quality plate glass windows — HUGE ones — flood the interior of this Gillespie townhome with natural light.

The updated kitchen features blue pearl granite countertops, glass-front cabinets, painted glass subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances including commercial grade Wolf gas oven, Vent-a-Hood, Subzero refrigerator-freezer, stainless Monogram oven, built-in microwave, and dishwasher.

The Dallas modernist architect’s homes are often fixtures on the AIA Home Tour for good reason. His firm Oglesby Group Architects was one of the most signficant architectural firms in Dallas, designing modern, distinctive homes throughout downtown, Oak Lawn, Preston Hollow, and North Dallas.

See more photos of this Oglesby midcentury here on the listing. 


Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of CandysDirt.com, where she focuses on sponsored content, estate sales, and suburbs. She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to CandysDirt.com after running digital content and social media at SUCCESS magazine. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

Reader Interactions


  1. Scot Johnson says

    I wonder if this is selling because of the Toll Brothers project, which may affect the light. Curious to the valuation trends for adjacent things like this property.

  2. Kelly Mitchell says

    This is not a Bud Oglesby designed project, although it is a wonderfully designed building. Unfortunately, little is left of the original mid-century modern details in this unit.

  3. Debbie Sutton says

    I would like to query Kelly Mitchell as regards 3615 Gillespie: vis a vis I owned a Bud Oglesby property at 2711 Hood St. which is virtually a mirror image of this Gillespie property and the common design details are jarringly apparent…can you prove? If not Oglesby, a virtual doppelganger of an architect in our midst! What an architectural epiphany!

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