Modern Treehouse

When you think of the Lakewood Home Festival’s annual tour, what comes to mind? For me, I envision stately Tudors, charming Austin stone cottages, and maybe a classic Colonial. But a modern treehouse never crossed my mind — until today.

Hang on to your Stetsons, y’all. This is a modern treehouse that will blow your mind.

 Modern Treehouse

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This Palm Springs Modern was badly damaged in the Oct. 20 tornado and was pulled from the Perservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour.

Two upcoming Dallas home tours will have to close properties from tour-goers due to damage from Sunday’s tornadoes. One tragic loss was to be a highlight of this weekend’s Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural tour. The other is a striking modern by M Gooden Design that was to host the VIP event at the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes on Nov. 2-3. 

According to David Preziosi of Preservation Dallas, the Palm Springs-style Crownrich House sustained significant damage from the storm.

“Very sad about the damage to such a unique house!” Preziosi said.

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By David Preziosi, Preservation Dallas
Special Contributor

You’ve probably passed by this house a thousand times and wondered what it was like inside. The 1965 Shwiff house commands the corner of Yamini and Chicot with its series of white segmental-arched vaulted clerestory roofs reaching out in all directions.

The house is a standout, and not just because of the distinctive roofline, though it is one of the home’s main hallmarks.

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Lakewood Home Tour

Photography courtesy of Jenifer McNeil Baker. The home of architect Clifford Hutsell at 7035 Lakewood Boulevard.

Don’t ask me how they do it. But every year, the team of volunteers behind the Lakewood Home Festival pulls off one of the best events in town. This year is the 43rd, and you will not want to miss it.

The Lakewood Early Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) plays host each year and the tour raises funds for Lakewood Elementary School, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School.

Lakewood is known for having some of the most outstanding examples of homes designed by legendary architect Clifford Hutsell. If you don’t know his work, you should. If you do, you will be thrilled that this year’s Lakewood Home Festival features three of his designs, including his original residence. A fourth home showcases how you can successfully create a new home inspired by Hutsell.

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The McDermott House is one of five modern masterpieces on the Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour on Oct. 26. 

By Carol Roark, Preservation Dallas
Special Contributor

In July 1953 Margaret and Eugene McDermott bought a property across the street from Highland Park Town Hall. Befitting his status as the Chairman of Texas Instruments, the couple needed a residence that could not only house their family, but offer space for them to entertain. 

Landscape architects Marie and Arthur Berger, who were formulating plans for the property, suggested that the McDermotts use architect Scott Lyons to design their home. Lyons had, with his mentor and partner O’Neil Ford, designed a house for the Bergers in 1952. 

Scott Lyons’ plans for the McDermotts spoke to their appreciation of color as well as to their insistence on elegance and quality.

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One glance around Dale Dietert and Hank Hammett’s sitting room at 616 Blaylock Drive reveals a gem of a Mexican art collection. (Photos: Courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff) 

Dale Dietert and Hank Hammett’s home at 616 Blaylock Drive oozes with undeniable Bohemian charm. The warm and welcoming kitchen plays the perfect backdrop to the couple’s frequent house parties. The chairs in each room tell a story of their own. But this stop on the Heritage Oak Cliff Home Tour delights with an enthusiastically curated Mexican art collection. One glance at the colorful art and antiquities tells you you’ve stumbled on something special. Even better, the homeowners love to talk about it.

Dietert and Hammett generously provided us with some snapshots and descriptions of some of their beloved pieces. If you’re coming along on the home tour, why not make a game of it?  Join us after the jump for a game of art-and-seek.

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One of the most highly anticipated home tours in Dallas, the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes boasts a curated collection of modern homes selected by architects, and it’s back for year lucky 13. This time, though, the two-day tour will highlight both newly built and renovated homes and includes a VIP ticket option that gets you into the Premier Party home during select hours, a gorgeous modern from M. Gooden Design, as well as the Nov. 2-3 tour. 

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Photo courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff

Long before the Midcentury Modern and Oak Cliff were having their big moments, homeowners Enrique Montenegro and Michelle Reyna chose their home on Evergreen Hills for the most practical of reasons: it checked the right box. Dr. Reyna needed to be near Methodist hospital for her work and Oak Cliff was an easy commute. The Midcentury Modern home they chose, well, that was more about a feeling. After seeing several houses one morning, they walked into the one-story ranch and just knew.

“I realized this is it,” said Montenegro. “We felt really lucky. We still do.”

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