Candlelight Christmas

Home tour fanatics have been dreaming about this weekend, when four popular holiday-themed home tours take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in locations across the Metroplex, including Fort Worth’s Ryan Place, Northeast Dallas’ Lake Highlands, the Park Cities, and Winnetka Heights in Oak Cliff. Grab your comfy shoes, charge your phone to take plenty of pictures, and consider bringing a little jot notebook for all the ideas that’ll come your way while touring these 20 homes.

Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays

The 21st annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Tour features a home built in 1928 by the renowned architect Anton Korn for his family, a classic Greek Revival, and more.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

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Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour

211 N. Rosemont Avenue

If you love Prairie, Craftsman, and Bungalow homes, you’re in for a treat because the Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour is this Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon until 6 p.m. It’s one you won’t want to miss.

Winnetka Heights is Oak Cliff’s first historic district and an inspiring example of preserving our architectural heritage. The annual tour is the largest fundraiser for the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, which works diligently to preserve and beautify the area so it remains a vibrant historic district. Tour proceeds will support the Walkable Winnetka program that provides funds for sidewalk repairs, crime prevention, beautification projects, and other local non-profits and neighborhood events.

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The Candlelight Christmas home tour in Ryan Place celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

From Staff Reports

The 35th Anniversary Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 5 p.m.  This self-paced walking tour will feature five beautiful homes dating back to 1915, and tour patrons will be greeted by docents at each home who will highlight unique features.  You will learn about the history of the homes, hear the fascinating stories of previous owners, and be able to admire the spectacular décor and architectural design as you stroll through one of Fort Worth’s finest historic neighborhoods!

This year’s five stunning homes will have something to offer for everyone’s taste. 

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It’s almost time for one of our favorite annual home tours, the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays. This year’s Dec. 6 tour won’t disappoint, with four gorgeous Highland Park homes that offer plenty of design inspiration for tourgoers.

Not the least of which is this classic Greek Revival at 3337 Bryn Mawr.  Purchased by Brianna Wright-Guay and her husband, Jason, just a year ago, it went through a complete transformation that you have to see to believe.

“With the help of contractor Ellen Grasso and Sons, they’ve taken the 3,238-square-foot home it to a whole new level of fabulous,” wrote Karen Eubank. “Brianna is an interior designer, so she’s taken the classic look and tweaked it just enough to maintain the integrity of the original architecture but update it for modern family life.”

This is the principal fundraiser for the ABPA, with almost 97 percent of funds raised going to Armstrong and Bradfield Elementary schools. Last year the organization raised $85,000 for the kindergarten and first-grade classes. You can buy your tickets in advance online here.

Trust us, you have to see these homes! And if you’re lucky, you could check them out for free!

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ABPA Tour

With a designer at the helm, this Anton Korn-designed home got an update. (Photo: Emery Davis)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas because the 21st annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Tour is almost here! This year, as usual, the ABPA home tour committee knocked it out of the park with four stunning homes in the Highland Park Independent School District.

This is the principal fundraiser for the ABPA, with almost 97 percent of funds raised going to Armstrong and Bradfield Elementary schools. Last year the organization raised $85,000 for the kindergarten and first-grade classes.

ABA Tour

Before: It’s interesting to see the impact of simply changing the shutter and door color.

One of the homes featured on the ABPA tour this year was designed and built in 1928 by the renowned architect Anton Korn for his family. Korn was one of the most prolific architects in the city, designing homes for notable families, as well as courthouses and hotels.

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 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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