Georgian mansion

Photography by Costa Christ Media

Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a grand, 1928 historic Highland Park Georgian mansion designed by Hal Thomson.

It’s getting harder and harder to find a historic home in Dallas that has avoided the bulldozer. People are so quick to tear down without thinking through why a house is still standing almost a century later.

It takes a sophisticated buyer to understand what provenance brings to the party and to realize you can no longer afford to build homes like 4209 Lorraine Avenue. This beautiful Georgian mansion is not only a masterpiece of original design, but it has also had a series of owners that have kept it up to date over the years.

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Italian Renaissance
Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 3601 Beverly Drive  is an iconic, architecturally significant, Highland Park Italian Renaissance mansion that has a rich dramatic history. Designed by legendary architect Hal Thomson in 1923, this house has so many stories to tell you better grab a big cuppa, turn off the phone, and sit down.

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Neoclassical MansionWe are over the moon with excitement because this gorgeous historic Highland Park neoclassical mansion at 3800 Beverly Drive is back on the market and was just listed by Compass Real Estate’s Jonathan Rosen. It’s one of our favorite homes in Dallas.

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This beautiful fieldstone Tudor at 3615 Cornell will be on this year’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society home tour. (Courtesy Photo)

April is event month for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS). Whether you’re a history buff, an architectural aficionado, a real estate junkie, or a classic and antique car enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of reasons to put Park Cities on your April calendar.

The Distinguished Speaker Luncheon kicks off the iconic annual events on Wednesday April 10, at Brook Hollow Golf Club where CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans will be the keynote speaker.

Individual tickets start at $150 each and $300 each for Patron seating. Sponsorships and table underwriting range from $1,500 to $10,000. Tickets are available at www.pchps.org.

Proceeds from the 2019 Luncheon will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives, and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors who plan to study architecture or history.

Slated for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Historic Park Cities Home Tour is the perfect opportunity to get an inside view of some of the most beautiful early 20th century homes in the Dallas area. From landmark architecture, exquisite style, and immaculately-landscaped grounds, you’ll have an awe-inspiring adventure and leave with plenty of design ideas.

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Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

Two famous architects, decades apart, have created an idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival home that oozes charm from every corner. Originally built by Hal Thomson in 1921, 3926 Potomac Avenue in Highland Park is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.

As the go-to architect of the era, Hal Thomson built many significant homes in Dallas. He was a master of every style, from Spanish Eclectic and Italianate to, of course, Colonial Revival. Of all the Thomson designs I’ve had the pleasure to write about, this is my favorite. It is such a classic fairytale of a home that it appears purpose-built for a movie. If you look up the location used for the original Father of the Bride, it shares a lot of the same romantic ambiance and incredible detailing.Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

As the years pass, any historic home needs a refresh. Sometimes the respect for original architecture takes a back seat when owners have specific needs. When the current owner purchased this idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival, there was a singular focus on not just bringing it back to its former glory days, but also on renovating it into a family home that children would love.

Enter J. Wilson Fuqua, one of the leading architects in Dallas.

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Park Cities Historic Preservation Society will award the owners of 3910 Gillon a plaque recognizing the home’s historic provenance on Feb. 23, 2019.

Staff Report

Highland Park and University Park are still veritable treasure troves of historic architecture, and The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society will hold landmarking ceremonies from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 to recognize four excellent examples. The homes — all striking examples of living history — offer insight to this significant area. One, however, stands apart: 3910 Gillon, the home of Elizabeth and Sydney Hurley.

This gorgeous Hal Thompson design offers so much character, all wrapped in a wonderful story. To read about it and see the full schedule of homes, jump:

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historical Colonial mansion

I’ve been waiting, patiently, for us to come out of the holidaze to show you this drop-dead gorgeous historical Colonial mansion at 4224 Armstrong Parkway. We see a lot of über luxury homes each day, but this one ticks every single box I can think of that a multi-million-dollar home should offer and some I’d never considered!

First and foremost, hats off to owner Torie Steele, the visionary behind the transformation of this historical Colonial mansion. So many buyers would have razed this baby, and we’d have written a sob story about how Dallas has no soul and doesn’t value historical properties. But here comes Steele to save the day and save it to a degree of perfection we seldom see. But then Steele is a perfectionist in many areas. If you know anything about fashion, Steele was an industry leader in the 1980s. She started her first eponymous boutique on Rodeo drive and was the first to bring multiple European designers together under one roof. This was way before department stores even considered carrying big name designers. If you keep up with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year, you’ll have seen her wire fox terrier, Sky, win Best in Show a few years ago. She’s been breeding them with great success for over a decade. Striving for perfection and succeeding is in her DNA, and we’re delighted she turned her talents to saving this extraordinary home.

When you renovate a home to make it appealing and appropriate for the way we live in 2019, thoughtful and careful decisions must be made. This historical Colonial mansion has a provenance you don’t want to screw up. The original architect was Hal Thomson. For our newbies to Dallas, he was one of the most prolific architects of the era and designed many of the iconic homes on Swiss Avenue and in Highland Park.

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The English garden at 6005 Swiss is the stuff dreams are made of.

The English garden at 6005 Swiss is the stuff dreams are made of, but it’s not the only stunning home you’ll find in the Swiss Avenue Historic District.

It all began when successful real estate developer Robert S. Munger had a unique and forward-thinking vision. He came up with the idea of planning and building an upscale residential community near downtown Dallas. This first deed-restricted neighborhood in Texas included the exclusive and elegant parade of stately, beautifully grand homes along Swiss Avenue.

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