You know a home is special when Preservation Dallas deems it worthy of an award. This Queen Anne Victorian home in the Peak’s Suburban Addition neighborhood of Old East Dallas is one of the winners of the 20th annual Preservation Achievement Awards this year.
However, Dallas is the real winner.
Preserving Dallas homes is an uphill battle. Generally, the value of the dirt a home sits on in this city supersedes any regard for history. But with great institutions like Preservation Dallas, talented builders, and owners that understand why preservation and restoration are crucial to our city, we are making strides. One of the best examples is this lovely Queen Anne Victorian at 1007 Moreland Avenue.
It was built in 1902 for Jacob Ullman, a well-known Decatur and Dallas businessman who immigrated from Germany. He and his wife Nettie lived in this Peak Suburban Addition Queen Anne Victorian — known today as Ullman House — with their young daughters. Ullman died in 1913, and his family continued to live in the house until 1919.
There homes that define America. The Colonial, the Ranch, and the American Foursquare come to mind immediately. The American Foursquare was popular from the 1890s to the 1930s and is arguably the most iconic of American styles. And do we have a beauty for you today!
… a square house of dependable proportions and solid, honest construction in a country where a square deal was offered by then- President Theodore Roosevelt. From it’s very beginning, it was perceived as an American type and style.
The American Foursquare is like the perfect vanilla cake. The batter is rich, always flavorful, and turns out a dependable base for decoration. It was one of the most popular homes in the early 20th century because it was so simple. American Foursquares were also energy efficient and economical to build.
It’s not often you find a home that blends what I consider the best of both worlds — French architecture and Southern charm. This McKinney French chateau is grand enough to please the most discerning Francophile, but it also has just the right elements of Southern charm. In other words, it’s pretty darned perfect.
Named “Chateau Lumier” by the present owners, it was custom built in 2011 by Sharif & Munir. In case you are new to Dallas, Sharif & Munir Custom Homes have been building in Dallas for over 40 years. Their reputation for uncompromising quality and outstanding design is unparalleled.
Sitting on over 15 acres, this McKinney French chateau at 1201 Gray Branch Road has 14,665 square feet, eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and three powder baths. There are also guest quarters, garage space for five automobiles, and five additional covered areas.
The groovy swing is the perfect touch!
When I spotted this 1961 midcentury cottage in Sparkman Club Estates, I could not summon an immediate connection to a Dallas architect. That’s because it was designed, as many homes are, by a builder.
We remember architects. It’s the builders of our city that are often overlooked, or completely forgotten. I’m going to rectify that today and tell you a bit about not only this adorable midcentury cottage but also this excellent builder — Gordon Nichols.
This historic Highland Park Spanish Revival could have been bulldozed. Thankfully, a smart builder saved it.
Several of the homes on Fairway Avenue have met unjust fates, and that’s a shame. Preservation is never out of the question. It simply takes a builder that has insight, integrity, and inspiration.
Fortunately, for this Highland Park Spanish Revival, at 4538 Fairway Avenue, that builder was Josh Zielke, owner of Josh Zielke Homes. Zielke also builds new homes, but he is known for spotting great old houses and saving them.
Let’s step you back in time a bit. Frank Witchell built this house. Witchell was a partner with Otto Lang. Their firm, Lang and Witchell, was a leader in construction in Dallas during the first half of the twentieth century.
What does a famous architectural and interior designer, who is an indefatigable explorer, world traveler, and devoted historian choose to design for family and personal use? A Bluffview traditional two-story home, of course.
You’re probably not going to know the name, because Paul Duesing is one of those designers that flies gracefully under the radar. He is the go-to guy for resort design, and celebrities regularly tap him to create a get-away feel for their homes. If you are a globe trotter, you may have stayed at the Duesing-designed The Royal Livingstone in Zambia, Africa or The Resort at Pedregal, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The man is legendary to those in the know.
Breanna and Matt King didn’t realize they were urban pioneers. They just know what they want, and they go for it. So 10 years ago, when they saw this classic American Craftsman in Arlington Heights at 1841 Hillcrest Street, they took a leap of faith. They knew this was a diamond in the rough.
Rough may be putting it mildly. The exterior was all painted the same muddy white, so none of the craftsman detail showed up. The previous owners were smokers, which brought a whole raft of problems. Popcorn ceilings and fabric walls completed the picture.
“My dad begged us not to buy this house,” Breanna said. “But we had a vision!”
If you want luxury new construction, it’s simple — you move to Dallas. This luxury mansion is precisely what you imagine. Big, bold, and beautiful. It’s a dream home.
You can’t find what Dallas offers in luxury construction anywhere in the world. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a case in point. Where can you walk into 15,530 square feet, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and five powder baths on over an acre with enough room to easily park 25 cars? Preston Hollow.