In the mid-1940s, not long after World War II ended, a woman moved into the Munger Place home at 710 Dumas Street. Her two sisters lived on the same block.  She would remain there seven decades until leaving for an assisted living facility last year.

When she moved out, the 1921-built home still had many of its original elements, including double-hung windows with wavy glass, and beveled glass exterior and interior doors.  It was also in need of significant repairs, making it an ideal project for Steel Toe Stiletto, the general contracting company owned by Tam Pham.

“Tam is a true custom builder,” Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ Gia Marshello said. “What makes her unique is that she goes into these dilapidated properties and makes them gorgeous.”

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4912 Worth Street

There are historic neighborhoods in Dallas. Then there is Munger Place.

Wealthy cotton gin manufacturer Robert S. Munger and his brother, Collett, used all the developmental strategies when planning their 300-acre namesake neighborhood Munger Place. They implemented deed restrictions to attract the most elite homebuyers. They offered all the bells and whistles in infrastructure, such as paved streets, sidewalks, and shade trees as well as gas mains, sewers, and electric street lights.

4929 Worth Street

From the location, location, location standpoint, Munger Place was situated in Old East Dallas – just minutes from downtown. While the brothers covered all the bases of developing a modern upscale neighborhood, they did so with one big difference: circa 1905.

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2018 Munger Home Tour in Dallas Texas. Photographed by Aaron Dougherty www.aarondoughertyphoto.com

Two things you can count on in spring: pollen (ahhhchoo!) and home tours! So many, you would be dizzy attending each and every one.
But the Munger Place Wine Walk and Home Tour caught my eye as one not to miss, because, well, look at these charming, gorgeous homes. I just gave a speech about preservation to The Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society, and it was all about preservation. Then I open my email and here are these ADORABLE 19th Century homes!

Comprised of more than 250 households, Munger Place holds the largest collection of Prairie-style homes in America.

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Photos courtesy Shoot2Sell

We’ll admit — we’ve been chomping at the bit for Saturday to arrive this week ever since the owner of our Saturday Seven Hundred for the week shared that her Munger Place home was going on the market.

This impeccable Prairie-style home at 5118 Worth St. is listed by Elizabeth Mast with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International. The 5,030 square foot home has five bedrooms, four full baths, and one powder room, and tons of the character and charm you’d expect from a home built in 1912.

The home is right in the heart of the Munger Place Historic District, and has aged gracefully thanks to thoughtful updates and restorations along the way — and it’s abundantly clear even from the curb, as you take in the large covered front porch with plenty of room for impromptu neighborly chats, or quiet nights taking in the historic neighborhood and welcoming community.

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Sip and Stroll Among Historic Homes at the Munger Place Wine Walk Tomorrow | CandysDirt.com

Celebrate 113 years of one of East Dallas’ most lovely neighborhoods Saturday with the Munger Place Wine Walk tomorrow. You can sip and stroll between five historic houses from the early 1900s with samples of wines and hors d’oeuvres from local businesses. 

The Munger Place Wine Walk takes place April 14, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting at 5124 Victor St. There are two ticket options available, the wine taster ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) and the wine enthusiast ($60 in advance only). Proceeds of this event benefit the Munger Historic District Association, Lipscomb Elementary PTA, and the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas. 

Tickets may be bought at Talulah & Hess, 5810 Live Oak St., online at www.mungerplace.com.

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Leah Shafer: I love a great story. So when I saw this Munger Place townhome, which I chose for my Thursday Three Hundred, its rich history appealed to me. In our era of tear-downs and “bigger-newer-now” mentality, it pleases me immensely to see a 1916 building made appealing for today’s homebuyer. I hope you enjoy and appreciate this fun flashback to January 26, 2017.  


Using most standards from around the world, Dallas homes aren’t very old at all. Sure, you’ll find the occasional 1920’s property, but rarely anything older. Not so with today’s Thursday Three Hundred, a slice of Dallas history as the site of the original Piggly Wiggly store, built in 1916. It is also rumored to have been a speakeasy during the Prohibition era.

Located at 315 N. Collett Ave. this is a rare townhome in Munger Place, both architecturally and historically significant. It offers a distinctly loft-like vibe inside. Think 12-foot ceilings, exposed ductwork and rafters, and exposed brick with custom texture on the walls.

This property is full of stories, and not just its own: the reclaimed maple hardwood floors were recovered from the former gym at the Hockaday School. Pretty cool.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,249 square feet on one story, this is a spacious townhome with luxe extras, like three-zone wiring for total house sound, including the front patio and courtyard.

This is such an unusual, storied property, located near N. Munger Boulevard and Columbia Avenue, just minutes from downtown Dallas — let’s take a look.

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The next area of the Old East Dallas neighborhood to be featured in our Neighborhood Spotlight is the ever-popular Munger Place. Comprised of over 250 households and the largest collection of Prairie-style homes in America, Munger Place has a lot to be proud of — past and present. (more…)

Munger Place Swiss Avenue

The Munger Place Swiss Avenue beauty at 5707 Swiss Ave. is one of our featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you’e got to see over the weekend.

This week, our houses range in price from $369,500 to $1.1 million. There’s the elegant Munger Place Swiss Avenue home pictured above, a Stevens Park Austin stone cottage with vintage charms, and more. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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