If I had to guess, I’d say this lovely Spanish-Mediterranean was designed by leading Dallas architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek. Let me know if you think otherwise. But I do my detective work, and I can support my theory pretty well, so here goes!
Foshee & Cheek were well-known for their eclectic Spanish-Mediterranean style, including Dr. Hugh Leslie and Lydia Bowen Moore’s home at 4200 Beverly Drive. Their most significant design was Highland Park Village, the first self-contained shopping center in America. They were also involved in the design of the Hall of State and Aquarium buildings in Fair Park. Foshee lived at the duplex on 4441-4443 Westway Avenue, and Cheek lived at the duplex at 4417-4419 — right next door!
I think it makes for a natural assumption Foshee & Cheek are responsible for this wonderful Spanish-Mediterranean. So, I’m going with that!
This historic Spanish-Mediterranean is in Westpark, one of the last residential additions built in Highland Park. It includes Fairway Street, Westway Avenue, Lomo Alto Court, and Lomo Alto Drive.
One of our favorite resources at CandysDirt.com is an excellent book, Great American Suburbs the Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas by Virginia Savage McAlester, Willis Cecil Winters, and Prudence Mackintosh. I highly recommend it to any Realtor, seller, or buyer interested in the history of the Park Cities. The following is an excerpt about this addition:
Westpark had been designated for duplexes and apartments when the town of Highland Park was zoned in 1929. Dozens of duplexes were constructed there during the 1930s, many of them owner-occupied, with the rent of the second unit helping to make the mortgage payment on the home. Marion Fooshee and James Cheek, the well-known architects of many Highland Park landmarks, each lived in a duplex they had designed and built in Westpark.
And now we turn those duplexes into single-family homes, which is precisely what happened to this 1930 Spanish-Mediterranean. It’s almost as if the architects knew this was a possibility in the future, as the conversion is seamless. One of the advantages of blending the two stories of a duplex is just how much space you gain. The layout creates an enormous master suite in the former upstairs living room. A sitting area takes full advantage of the extraordinary leaded bow-front window, with access to the balcony. Those features alone sold me!
This gorgeous 5,447-square-foot Spanish-Mediterranean was fully renovated and updated, keeping the charm of the 1930s but adding every modern convenience you expect from a Highland Park home. There are five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder bath, and a full guest house over the garage.
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!