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Bethany: When I saw the listing for this house, I knew it had to have a story. And when I met Patricia Simon, who painstakingly restored this Queen Anne Victorian with her husband Kyle, she had a treasure trove of information about the history, which is intermingled with Dallas’s own rich history. I also found it fascinating to see how they were able to combine modern sensibilities and desires with the period-specific aspects of the home.
When orthodontist Patricia Simon isn’t straightening the teeth of Lakewood residents, she tends to be restoring Dallas homes, including her home in the Peak Suburban Addition Historic District she restored with her husband, Kyle.
When the two finished their home, they turned their attention to an aging 1902 Queen Anne Victorian on Moreland Avenue that had become the victim of years of deferred maintenance and the march of time.
“It’s one of the few original Victorians left in the neighborhood,” she said one Sunday as she surveyed the completed work. “There are other old Victorians here, but many of them — not all — were moved here from other places.”
When the two began, they started by trying to suss out the original floor plan. There had been a couple of additions. When they purchased the home, it had been a single family dwelling, but still retained some of the changes from when it had been multifamily housing.
“In the thirties and forties, there was a housing shortage,” Simon explained. At one point, this was divided into four apartments, and those changes were still there.
“It was probably a boarding house,” she added.
The two also began determining what could be saved, and what would need to be replaced. “I think it’s a nod to the past, but we also realize you have to live in the present,” Simon said of what emerged as they worked. (more…)