O'Neill Ford pool

We have written about 3756 Armstrong Avenue, one of the most architecturally significant homes ever built in Dallas. Located on the delicious juncture of two magnificent Highland Park streets, Armstrong and Overhill, the home was a commissioned private residence for Jack and Nancy Penson, highly loved Dallas philanthropists. Mr. and Mrs. Penson’s names are on the Meyerson Symphony Center’s Endowment Wall of Honor, recognition to their longtime support of the orchestra, and an athletic complex is named after them at The Hockaday School. Mrs. Penson died in 2012, her husband in 2014.

Built in 1954, the 8900 square foot estate was the creation of O’Neil Ford, known as the grandfather of Texas Modernism and widely recognized as one of Texas’ most celebrated 20th-century architects. O’Neil Ford designed most of the University of Dallas campus in Irving; Braniff Memorial Tower, the Braniff Graduate Center, the Gorman Lecture Center, parts of the art village, the Haggar University Center, and the Haggerty Science Building. San Antonio, his home base, is covered in his work: the renovation of La Villita, the campus of Trinity University, the campus of Saint Mary’s Hall, the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus, and the Tower of the Americas.

He also created buildings for Skidmore College in upstate New York and for Texas Instruments. O’Neil Ford completed the design of the building of the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country, shortly before his death in 1982. His sturdy structures always utilized brick, glass, and wood, and were brilliantly attuned to their physical settings.

I have been in this home. The attention to detail and craftsmanship will simply blow your mind.

If you are a mid-century aficionado, this home is your Mothership.3756 Armstrong Ave fountain

 

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We are all mourning the loss of Goff’s Hamburgers in University Park, located in a charming, circa 1924 brick building at 6401 Hillcrest Avenue, corner Hillcrest and McFarland, near Southern Methodist University.

Though no longer owned by iconic hamburger king Harvey Goff, everyone has grabbed a burger there at some point. Harvey Goff ran the hamburger restaurant(s) his parents started in 1950, but the location I remember best was on Lover’s Lane at Douglas, where he kept the Lenin statue he bought from a Ukraine factory for $500 in 1991, bearing a sign that said “America won”. Not only would Harvey not serve you if your hair was too long, he might even chase you around with a baseball bat!

Lenin statue

Harvey closed that shop, sold to Jim Francis, auctioned the Lenin statue, and went into retirement only to start another hamburger place called Harvey’s Charbroiled Hamburgers at the corner of Preston and LBJ.

But Friday’s 3 alarm blaze destroyed more than a famous hamburger joint: (more…)

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By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

A crowning Dallas midcentury modern jewel, the Grady Vaughn house — family residence of the late Dallas developer Allan Zidell since 1971 — has hit the market. It is one of the most significant midcentury masterpieces not just in Dallas, but in the country. Built like a fortress with maple studs, the home sits on an unusually lush wooded and waterfront-ed 1.36 acres in the honeypot of Preston Hollow at 5350 South Dentwood Drive, right across from former Dallas mayor Laura Miller and former Texas state representative Steve Wolens.

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