Photograph courtesy of Dallas Fire Department

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

My heart sank when I learned my favorite Charles Dilbeck-designed house had burned to the ground.  An exterior appliance started the 2016 blaze, which quickly spread throughout the 9,000-square-foot house replete with acres of 55-year-old wood shingles, wood siding, and wood ornamentation.  I was super sad for the loss to the family, as well as saddened for the loss of such a significant home … albeit not to a bulldozer, this time.

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Fall home tour season approaches, and we here at CandysDirt.com can’t wait to show you all of the wonderful events showcasing the diverse and exceptional architectural palette this city offers! First up is the reveal of the 2018 Heritage Oak Cliff Home Tour stops!

On Sept. 10, Heritage Oak Cliff’s members and guests will get a first look at the nine beautiful homes selected for this year’s tour. The reveal party is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the Bishop Arts Theater (215 S. Tyler).

“There will be light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and then the ‘reveal’ will be from 7 to 8 p.m.” said tour chair Stan Aten. “This year the tour includes nine homes with a wide variety of architectural styles.  The oldest home on the tour was built in 1909 and the newest home was built in 2015.”

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Discover Art Deco in Dallas with Spring Architectural Tour | CandysDirt.com

A most distinctive architectural style, Art Deco is a rarity in Dallas, especially in residential design. Discover and appreciate five unique Art Deco residences here this Saturday, May 19, on the Preservation Dallas 2018 Spring Architectural Tour. 

“Art Deco is one of my favorite historic architectural styles and it will be exciting to see an amazing collection of residential examples of the style on the tour, of which there are not many in the country or Dallas,” said David Preziosi, executive director of Preservation Dallas. “This style broke away from the revival styles of the past and chartered a new course for modern architecture with simple geometric forms, flat roofs, clean lines, corner windows, curved walls, and geometric detailing.”

The house pictured above, 6843 Lorna Ln. in Lakewood, is just one of the unusual properties featured. Jump to read more and find out about tickets — you have to have a reservation to attend! 

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This bright and sophisticated modern farmhouse at 9161 Vintage Oaks was built by New Leaf Homes and is just one of five beautiful custom builds on the May 12 home tour. (Courtesy Photos)

Since 2006, Scott and Melissa Powell have been bringing their own brand of high-quality, long-lasting homes to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. What’s amazing is that in a short 12 years, New Leaf Custom Homes has developed a loyal following and large customer base. The company now boasts a team of 14 knowledgeable and experienced professionals with expertise in all design styles, ready to help clients make their vision of a perfect home into reality.

This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has gorgeous designs clustered throughout the most coveted neighborhoods in Dallas, with several in Lake Highlands and Bluffview. Naturally, this presented an opportunity to give residents a peek behind the literal curtains of their designs, so they practically had to put on a home tour.

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This home at 5017 Swiss Avenue is one of eight that will be featured during this years’s Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.

Mother’s Day weekend once again brings the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.  The annual tradition began in 1974, the same year that the neighborhood was named Dallas’ first residential historic area.

“Dallas has so few historic areas. I think there is a uniqueness to this home tour because there’s so much history involved with it,” Swiss Avenue Historic District representative Bob Cox said.

This year’s event will feature five homes on Swiss Avenue as well as three on Bryan Parkway. Multiple architectural styles will be represented including a French Normandy with Tudor influences, a brick mansion indicative of Louis Sullivan’s Chicago styles, and in Italian-style home currently being renovated.

Matt’s Rancho Martinez will cater a Mother’s Day lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.  The Matt Tolentino Band will perform early 20th century music — the songs that were popular when many of the homes were originally built. There will also be other local performers on Saturday and Sunday as well as horse-drawn carriage rides, a kids’ play area, and more.

“I think one of the neatest things about the tour is that it shows people what urban living can be like,” Cox said. “It allows people to kind of rediscover that it is a very livable and beautiful part of the city.

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707 Cordova is a storybook Tudor on this year’s Hollywood Home Tour.

You know that Hollywood Heights is flush with some of the cutest cottages in all of Dallas. Thanks to the neighborhood’s well-thought-out conservation overlay, the homes in this popular East Dallas enclave still retain the charm of bygone eras. And your best bet to get an eyeful of that charm is attending the annual Hollywood Home Tour. This year is no exception, especially with 707 Cordova — pictured above — on the tour.

Of course, we’d love for you to experience this storybook Tudor cottage — as well as the other beautiful homes on this year’s tour — for free! Organizers with this annual fundraiser have generously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our fans and readers, and we could not be more thrilled to give four lucky people the chance to see the amazing homes showcased on April 21-22. 

Now, if you don’t win, we hope you’ll still attend this year’s tour and the “Art in the Park” market at Lindsley Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Home tour passes $15 in advance (available online or at Curiousities Antiques in Lakewood) and $20 on the day of the tour.  There’s also a themed auction party on Friday, April 20, at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Ready to enter to win one of two pairs of passes to this weekend’s Hollywood Home Tour? Jump!

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Sip and Stroll Among Historic Homes at the Munger Place Wine Walk Tomorrow | CandysDirt.com

Celebrate 113 years of one of East Dallas’ most lovely neighborhoods Saturday with the Munger Place Wine Walk tomorrow. You can sip and stroll between five historic houses from the early 1900s with samples of wines and hors d’oeuvres from local businesses. 

The Munger Place Wine Walk takes place April 14, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting at 5124 Victor St. There are two ticket options available, the wine taster ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) and the wine enthusiast ($60 in advance only). Proceeds of this event benefit the Munger Historic District Association, Lipscomb Elementary PTA, and the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas. 

Tickets may be bought at Talulah & Hess, 5810 Live Oak St., online at www.mungerplace.com.

Jump to read about the featured houses! 

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The 13th annual White Rock Home Tour is a not-to-be-missed event this year. The tour offers a look inside some incredible midcentury modern and modern homes, including one worth the trip out to Garland to see! (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

There’s a reason why the White Rock Home Tour is one of the most well-attended tours in all of Dallas — the focus on the East Dallas location and showing off the area’s stout inventory of modern properties is a magic formula. There’s no other tour like it, and its success hinges on the well-organized volunteers who make sure that every tour-goer has a great experience. 

We know that we say that we don’t play favorites with home tours, but this is definitely one of our very favorite ones! And this year, well, the Hexter Elementary PTA has outdone itself. Not only do you get an inside peek at some of the coolest houses in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, but you also get a chance to wander through one of the most amazing midcentury modern homes in all of North Texas. Grab your Tom Collins set, because this time capsule in Garland is worth the price of admission. Don’t have tickets yet? You can still purchase tickets to this year’s White Rock Home Tour, slated for April 21-22 from noon to 5 p.m., for $15 each. Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour.

Or, you could be one of the lucky winners of our ticket giveaway and see these incredible homes FOR FREE! White Rock Home Tour organizers have given us four pairs of tickets to give away to this year’s event, so your chances of winning just got a lot better.

Want to win? Find out how to enter after the jump!

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