stately Tudor

On a leafy corner lot in Hollywood Heights stands one of the most venerable and stately Tudor homes in the neighborhood. I’ve walked or driven by it weekly for years and I always stop and marvel at the craftsmanship. It’s a perfect example of why we should all cherish historic homes.

The magnificent two-story, 2,420-square-foot stately Tudor was designed by the legendary Jon D. Carsey and Robert Linskie, architects who made an indelible stamp on our city. Carsey built over 50 homes in the Park Cities alone. The duo is particularly remembered as the architects of the Bath House and Boat House at White Rock Lake, both built in 1930.

Considering that this stately Tudor was built in 1933, I’d wager a bet Carsey and Linskie were introduced to Hollywood Heights about the same time. They designed this home for Hubert S. Baber and his wife Minnie, who moved into the house in 1936. They raised their only child, Marian Louise, here. Remember this part because you’ll be tested later.

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Dallas Historical Society

Photo by Jim Olvera

Today we’re exploring the Hall of State and the Dallas Historical Society. When I began these historic preservation posts, it was with multiple intentions.

I primarily want to educate readers about why historic homes should be preserved. Featuring great homes for sale and explaining how they have been updated, without losing their character, is also important. But I also want to bring you historic buildings, such as the Hall of State in Dallas’ historic Fair Park, tell you their stories, and hopefully engage you to dig deeper on your own, or become further involved in historic preservation organizations.

The Hall of State has always held a special place in my heart. When I first moved to Dallas, I was a photography stylist. Stylists are asked to do challenging things by creative directors and photographers and expected to deliver on their requests immediately. So, when I was told, “Karen, find us a place that will double as the United Nations,” I leapt into action.

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historic homes

Finding out more about the historic homes of North Texas is easy when you know the best sources. Karen Eubank allows a peek behind the curtain.

When it comes to historical information on homes, you may wonder how we do it. Well, we’re smart. But we also do a lot of research.

We love it when someone challenges us on historical information. Not because we are infallible, although we generally do get it right. It’s more because, when we get it wrong we all learn, don’t we? There is always someone out there that knows a little piece of history one can only gain through intimate knowledge of a home. But like I said, we’re smart, and we generally get it right. So, what helped us get so smart? We’re going to let you in on our kind of secret stash of resources. 

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Kessler Park Dilbeck

This historic Kessler Park Dilbeck cottage is an over-the-hills-and-through-the-woods storybook home. It’s the sort of house you imagine to have magical properties. Considering the number of artistically inclined owners who’ve made their own kind of magic here, it clearly has been sprinkled with fairy dust.

The cottage was a custom build in 1937 by one of our favorite architects, Charles Dilbeck. Dilbeck’s client was T.L. Morehead, better known as Mr. Buster of Mr. Buster’s Studio Furniture Company. Morehead’s shop was considered the purveyor of “very fine furniture” and was located at 2923 North Henderson. He was a big believer in advertising and gave decorating advice both in regular columns for The Dallas Morning News and in speaking engagements around town. He was a man of great taste, and that’s no doubt why he chose Dilbeck to build the family home. You can imagine how beautifully it was decorated back then.
Kessler Park Dilbeck

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historic Craftsman bungalow

This is the most extraordinary historic Craftsman bungalow you will find in Dallas. It’s such an excellent example that it was one of the nominating houses which helped to secure historic district status for Winnetka Heights in 1981.

This historic Craftsman bungalow was built for J.P. Evans in 1911. Evans is what we refer to in Texas as a “big butter and egg man.” He was an attorney, and according to several sources, a secretary to the mayor and a vice president for the board of the First Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. So, it’s not surprising Evans could afford what was the most popular style of home at the time. He and his wife Margaret raised seven children in this 2,163-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. I think it’s a safe bet that it was not this large in 1911 and most likely had only one bathroom. The Evanses added onto the back of the house as their brood grew, and lived here until 1952.

This historic Craftsman bungalow was constructed by a local builder, J.W. Palmer, and is the only home in the Winnetka Heights Historic District to have five different exterior elements. A rarely seen combination of river rock and clinker brick was used to create the front wall. The house is a combination of stucco, shingles, and wood siding.historic Craftsman bungalow

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Stone-Embellished Tudor Cottage

Hollywood Heights draws people that love to remodel, update, improve, and of course, preserve history. This stone-embellished Tudor cottage is a perfect example of that.

Here’s a little back story, in case you are reading about Hollywood Heights for the first time. This neighborhood is home to one of the largest collections of 1920s stone-embellished Tudor cottages in America. It also has Craftsman, Minimal Traditional, Monterrey, Spanish, and French Eclectic houses, and two fabulous and extremely rare Pueblo-style homes.

Stone-Embellished Tudor Cottage

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Magnificent Tudor

Just in time for Halloween, we have a triple treat for you! It’s a Hollywood Heights magnificent Tudor on a triple lot. That’s right, a triple lot!

You don’t often find a house anywhere, much less Hollywood Heights, that sits on a triple lot. Most of you know by now this is my ‘hood and has been since 1990, so I know a lot about it. We have several double lots, but our last triple was gobbled up by a builder who constructed homes on either side. Don’t get me wrong, they are lovely houses, but having a home with all that land is honestly a value you can’t put a price on. And having a magnificent Tudor on three lots is my version of heaven.

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Prairie Foursquare

Preservation is not just about saving a wonderful old home like this beautiful Prairie Foursquare. It’s also about preserving the stories of those that have called these houses home. That story may be about who built it or who owned it in the 1900s. Each of those stories lends a rich layer to a home’s history.

Digging through The Dallas Morning News archives is like taking a trip down memory lane. You can find anything. When I started searching for information on this Prairie Foursquare, I was delighted to find several stories on the gentleman that lived there most of his life, W.J. Newcom, known as the fiddling cowboy. One that gave me a chuckle referred to him as, “An old cowhand from the Rio Grande.” After his years as a trail driver on the Old Chisolm Trail, he settled down in this Prairie Foursquare with his wife, raised six daughters here, and celebrated his 100th birthday in this Old East Dallas house.

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