Time has been kind to this home. Built in 1960, the bold design of the 4,600-square-foot house still thrills with an intensity that hasn’t abated after nearly 60 years. In fact, time has allowed Japanese maple trees to mature and completely realize the original vision.
The classic, modern Rivercrest residence blurs the boundaries of interior and exterior space. Planters and walls incorporated into the structure, reach out to enclose trees and landscaping. Walls of windows frame garden views and bring the outdoors indoors.
Built on multiple levels, the final ascent to the three bedroom, three-and-one-half bath house is via a sprightly metal staircase. Best evidence is that the house is the conception of architect John Flore who built the house for himself. The layout of the house is sophisticated and complex. The entry is an open gallery. The living room is at ground level with a wall of windows looking out to the pool, which is behind a wall at the front.
There are three living areas in all. The main living area is nearly 800 square feet, and 40 feet in length. Slate floors throughout the inside and out add to the illusion of floating space. Bespoke wooden fretwork screens are a signature element of the house, appearing in the dining room and overlooking the living room.
The galley kitchen is t20 feet long and fully kitted out with a double gas range, wine cooler, ice maker, and warming drawer. Countertops are sleek stainless steel.
The library den sits atop the two-car garage with views of the front, illuminated by a wall of windows and skylights.
The master bath is a well-executed, near-seamless addition by the present owner and occupies the highest point of the house, looking into a private walled garden. Also added was a modern, large-scale closet.
The lot is a mere quarter acre, but the variety and quality of the landscaping makes it appear much larger. The back has direct access to the Rivercrest golf course, too.
Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, and in books and publications including D Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and D Home has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt.