This midcentury modern is so fabulous that White Rock Home Tour organizers want you to drive to Garland to see it. (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

This year, organizers of the White Rock Home Tour — East Dallas’ premiere modern home tour — are asking tour-goers to go the extra mile (actually six miles if you’re counting). The reason? An amazing time capsule of a home located in Garland that has received only the pickiest of updates.

But Garland?

White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black assures me that this home is so spectacular that it’s worth the trip. “This home was built in 1965 by commercial architects Craycroft Lacy & Assoc. for a prominent TV news man in a scenic area of old Garland, and was lovingly restored a few years ago,” Black said. And after getting a sneak peek at the photos of this particular home, I have to agree: IT IS FABULOUS! In fact, it’s so fabulous that we’re sure that once people get a gander at this stellar midcentury modern and the other five epic tour homes, they’re going to want to score tickets lickety split! And here’s the best news, tickets just went on sale for the April 21-22 home tour!

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Gail and R. Gerald Turner, president of SMU, were named this year’s honorary chairs of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s fundraisers.

It’s a banner year for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. The group, whose mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities, just announced its spring events, which begin on Wednesday, April 11, with the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring Jenna Bush Hager as the speaker, chaired by Tish Key at the Brook Hollow Golf Club. The home tour follows on April 14, highlighting five beautiful and historic Park Cities homes. The events close with a free and open to the public classic and antique car show on April 21 at Burleson Park. 

Additionally, Gail and R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University, were named as honorary chairs of the annual fundraisers, which 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 planning to study architecture, history or preservation.

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3229 Regent Drive (Photos: Aaron Dougherty)

[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 Heather Hunter: By far my favorite house to drool over, 3229 Regent Drive ranks as my number one for 2017. The story behind this midcentury modern gem, as told by its wickedly charming and entertaining homeowners, gave it a permanent place in my affection. And the collection of authentic and replica art and furniture that adorn every space delight me to no end. Unfortunately, I was too pregnant to waddle around this stunning home in person, but I hope to get the opportunity one day!


The 2017 Modern Mile Home Tour is fast upon us! And to give you a little taste of what’s to come, here’s a look at the Modern Mile Bonus Home. Designed by Texas starchitect Arch B. Swank, Jr., 3229 Regent Drive is a work of art with an unforgettable history.

Once nearly lost to neglect and disrepair, a couple of caring homeowners brought it back from the brink, allowing it to become the jewel of this year’s Modern Mile Home Tour. Built to be featured in the 1959 Parade of Homes, this midcentury marvel was originally home to a NASA design engineer present at Mission Control during the moon landing. Talk about space age!

From the spot-on authentic and reproduction furnishings, to the framed iconic Time Magazine covers, the Modern Mile Home Tour’s Bonus Home proves an unending visual delight. As a lover of all things midcentury, I suspect a walk through this home feels like a spiritual journey. An architectural pilgrimage.

However, the magic of this home lies as much in its incredible inhabitants as it does its architecture. Join us after the jump for the story behind this stunning home and its charming occupants. Oh, and a few teaser photos, too.

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The Shields family will open their Heath home for Friday’s Heath Holiday Home Tour. (Courtesy Photo)

 
People who open their doors for home tours are the most saintly homeowners among us. It takes a lot of fortitude and a near obsessive compulsion for neatness to really make home tour hosting work, and we’re excited to see the incredible estates on tour for the upcoming Heath Holiday Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Though sometimes there’s a story behind a home that you have to see to believe, like Sarah Shields’ impressive Heath home that was built on the lot of a home that burned to the ground. In fact, the ruins of the previous house were an eyesore to neighbors and nearby residents. That was, until Shields fell in love with Heath. The rest is history.

“The homeowner put the property up for sale and it sat there for several years as a vacant lot with a portion of the home remaining and the slab until we purchased it,” Shields said. “One day my husband and I were headed to East Texas and there was a wreck so we decided to cut through Heath. It never even crossed our mind to move there — I had barely heard of it.”
 
They drove past the property and Shields almost offhandedly remarked that it was a shame that the lot had gone unpurchased, as it could be a metaphorical phoenix rising from the ashes. “My husband, being supportive of my crazy ideas as he usually is, called the Realtor.”

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This home on Potomac features traditional architecture with midcentury flair. (Photos: Gittings)

From Staff Reports

Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (ABPA) will host the 19th annual Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Friday, Dec. 1. The tour will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The tour will showcase four beautiful homes, allowing residents to have an inside look at some of the most striking homes in the Park Cities during the holiday season.

Look for a newly constructed contemporary French provincial on Versailles, a colorful contemporary traditional on San Carlos, a recently renovated historic home on Beverly, and a traditional Southern with midcentury modern decor on Potomac.

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This year’s Holdiay in the Highlands Home Tour features five great homes in Lake Highlands.

From Staff Reports

The Lake Highlands neighborhood in northeast Dallas is filled with charming, creative, and interesting architecture and home design, which is why the Lake Highlands Women’s League created the ‘Holiday in the Highlands’ Home Tour in 1970. This year, the annual home tour and luncheon is set for Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. The homes will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and the luncheon will be served at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Keep reading for a chance to win tickets to this great home tour!
 
The homes on the tour this year are:

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The sixth annual Gingerbread Stroll offers a chance to ogle and bid on delectable architecture sprinkled through Highland Park Village.

One of our absolute favorite holiday events starts tomorrow, and we could not be more thrilled! The sixth annual Gingerbread Stroll, where you can shop Highland Park Village and bid on beautiful works of confectionary architecture, runs through tomorrow, Nov. 17, until Friday, Dec. 1. This year’s gingerbread houses are crafted by 12 of Dallas’ best pastry chefs, while all proceeds from the even will go to the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” said Allie Beth Allman agent Christine McKenny, who founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always exciting to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

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It’s an annual holiday tradition that shows off some of the truly stunning estates in Heath, all while benefiting a great cause: keeping kids sober and off the road on prom night. And this year’s Heath Holiday Home Tour doesn’t disappoint, with five fabulous estates sure to impress on Dec. 1.

“We are very excited about the array of homes on this year’s tour,” said Tour Co-Chair Tracee Lamberth. “It’s a great reflection of our community, and we really appreciate the support of each homeowner.”

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