If the design of this modern masterpiece looks familiar, it’s because it’s by the same architect that was responsible for the Dallas Museum of Art.
Edward Larrabee Barnes was commissioned by art collectors to design a futuristic home to house their collection. Barnes is notable not just for the DMA and this incredible modern masterpiece, but also for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. In 2007 he was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal. There is no lack of world-class architecture in our city, and this home is one of our most stunning examples.
It often takes a newcomer to help us appreciate what Dallas offers, especially when it comes to architecture. Recently I had guests in town from London. They were bowled over by our architecture. That’s right, Dallas impressed the Brits!
When you stop and think for a moment, you realize Dallas is a place where creativity in architecture has always been allowed to grow and thrive. Consider the fact we have buildings by American Pritzker winners I.M Pei and Philip Johnson. George Dahl was the architect in charge of the 1936 Fair Park Exposition, curating an unmatched collection of Art Deco design. Thom Mayne designed the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and Robert A.M. Stern designed the George W. Bush Library. Then there are the beautiful homes by Dallas Architects Charles S. Dilbeck, O’Neil Ford, Howard R. Meyer, David R. Williams, and Hal Thomson.
Dallas is where you want to be if you love architecture, and this modern masterpiece is where you want to live.
I think it’s a perfect spot for Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to oversee their latest Dallas venture. He could Uber Air to work in about five minutes. When you are an innovator, you deserve a unique modernist masterpiece, and you want something no one else has.
At almost 11,000 square feet, the house is dramatic and exciting yet does not overwhelm, which is a mark of great modern design. Although minimalist, it’s a far cry from the tedious white box construction we see invading Dallas. Today’s builders can learn a lot by looking at this home. There are clean lines, and plain surfaces to be sure. But the perfect scale and proportion, surrounded by the lush grounds and serene courtyards, create a balance between elegance and informality unmatched by anything I’ve ever come across.
This modern masterpiece has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half-baths, a chef’s kitchen, a guest suite with a living room, and a wet bar. Of course, there is an elevator to all three floors.
“It’s an ideal home for families with older children that want their space, and certainly for art collectors, and anyone that loves entertaining, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Faisal Halum said. “It really is a compound — private, yet it can handle any event, and the grounds are extraordinary. The property unfolds beautifully and certainly surprises at every turn.
And Khosrowshahi, if you are reading, (well of course you are) 4608 Meadowood Road is only $15 million!
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. Karen teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. Her love of all dogs, international travel, good chocolate, great champagne, and historic homes knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well!