First-Ever David Griffin and Co. Gingerbread House Contest: You Be The Judge

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Last month, David Griffin, founder of the David Griffin & Company real estate firm, asked me to help judge his company’s first-ever Gingerbread House Contest.

“We will hold the event at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on Routh Street, where there is plenty of space for our agent designers!” he wrote. “Three of our associates have degrees in architecture, so we’re expecting some tough competition!  We’ve got invitations out to two well-known architects to be the other judges.”

The prize was $1000 to be donated to the charity of winner’s choice.

It turned out to be a Project Runway/Top Chef type competition as the contestants worked fingers to the bone gluing, pasting, frosting and decorating, all in an hour or two.

Judging was actually quite hard. Judges were Wilson Fuquay, Bang Dang (both prominent architects) and your’s truly. David and company gathered all the necessary ingredients for making gingerbread homes — surface board, Graham crackers, icing, Fruit Loops, stick pretzels, frosting (huge tubs which I had trouble keeping my finger out of), candy, gumdrops, the usual paraphernalia for creating such homes. Participants were asked to bring hot glue guns, extension cords, pastry bags and anything else creative. 

Shortly after noon, the creators went to work. They were: Janelle Alcantara, Jack Cater, David Collier, Teresa Costa, Kim Dunbar, Lori Ericsson, David Griffin, Robert Kucharski, Jason Melton, Keith Merz, Chris Munoz, Marlis Rossetta, Anastasia Semos, Ali Stewart, Brandon Stewart, Bart Thrasher, and Casey Wileman. Judges were Wilson Fuquay, Bang Dang (both prominent architects) and your’s truly.

At one-forty-five p.m. the alarm went off Sheri Baer’s phone: time! Contestants walked their creations into the Judgement Room, and then left us three judges alone to scrutinize.

We ended up giving each house the “prize” of a name/title best suited to what the house depicted. Then we picked the winner. Or was it winners? Before I tell you, how about you judge the homes for yourself after the jump?

We three judges: Me, Wilson and Bang
Let the judging begin!
1. Best drive-up appeal
2. Best rendition of Preston Hollow post-tornado: David and James
3. Best Minimalist: Team Stewart
4. Midcentury Bethlehem with chocolate doors: Jack and Marlis Carter
5. Most delicious: chocolate creams as stones!
6. Best Drive-up Appeal (and creative use of resources, broccoli!)
7. Most creative use of materials and reflective (and there is a sleigh behind the candy canes): David Collier and Greg
8. Best Pink Door & footbridges and oh yes, for sale.
9. Most Heavenly (religious): Anastasia. Her church survived the tornado next door.
10. Best Mid-century Style Micro Home and tribute to Tom Greico: Janelle Alcantara

TELL US: Which one would you pick as the winner? 

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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