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.