3616 Crescent

Originally built in 1963 for the Hexter family, E.G. Hamilton — the architect who helped found OmniPlan, the same firm that brought us NorthPark Center — designed 3616 Crescent Ave. in Highland Park to be a trend-setting home that took full advantage of the lot. The merit award-winning home is known for its excellent use of light and lines, with large rooms that make entertaining a breeze.

Mil Bodron of bodron+fruit poured time and talent into the home’s remodel, which successfully expanded the space while maintaining the character of Hamilton’s original design. It’s an incredible accomplishment in architecturally sensitive renovation.

Too bad it appears to be all for naught, as the new owners bought the home for almost $5 million only to secure permits for its razing.


The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it's time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Billionaire Andy Beal purchased it last year and is planning to tear down this historic home built in 1912.

Apparently nothing is sacred. We are absolutely crushed to find out that the Trammell Crow estate — one of the most splendid historic homes in Highland Park — is slated to be torn down by Andy Beal, the billionaire who purchased it just last year. If you’ll remember, Beal purchased this C.D. Hill-designed home as well as Walnut Place (the Crespi Hicks estate) last year, and just re-listed the larger Walnut Place with Allie Beth Allman.

We were shocked to see an advertisement for a pre-demolition sale of interior fixtures from the Trammell Crow Estate on a Highland Park garage sale group:


Penson House Demolition 2

The O’Neil Ford-designed Penson House was demolished this week at the behest of owner Lute Riley. The lot at 3756 Armstrong where the midcentury house once stood was just put on the market.

We reported that the O’Neil Ford-designed home of Dallas philanthropists Jack and Nancy Penson was slated to be razed after being purchased at auction by Lucien “Lute” Riley. The Highland Park home, built in 1954 and considered architecturally significant, was felled just this week. We have learned that the lot at 3756 Armstrong is now back on the market for $5.95 million.

At .845 of an acre — or 36,852 square feet — that’s more than $7 million per acre, or approximately $161 per square foot. FOR DIRT.

Like Candy said, from Hondas to Haciendas, except that Riley doesn’t appear to be bothering with the “hacienda” part. The home dirt is listed with Allie Beth Allman, Lute’s agent, and went into MLS today, December 16. This is going to be very interesting, to see if this property sells faster without a home on board. And it certainly could set some new price point highs for dirt in this neck of the woods.



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Here are our favorite stories about the Penson House:


Penson House Demolition 1

On September 27, when the Penson house at 3756 Armstrong Parkway sold at auction, a handsome gentleman with white hair was the buyer. He walked out of the house that day smiling broadly with his agent, Allie Beth Allman.

He was Lute Riley of the Honda car dealership fame. As we told you, he paid $4.95 million, including the buyer’s 10% premium, for a home that had almost a Camelot presence in Dallas. Built for Jack and Nancy Penson in 1954, it is one of architect O’Neil Ford’s largest residential projects, and was designed in one of his favorite styles, Texas Regionalism. The exterior and interior of the 9,800-square-foot home remains very close to the original design with the exception of a second story addition, a massive, indulgent master bath expansion, and enclosure of a rear porch.

The home remains an architectural icon that has been named by Preservation Dallas as one of the major Dallas buildings in danger of destruction.

Sadly, a permit has been pulled to demolish the home.


mayrath house

Ahead of the demolition of iconic Mayrath house at 10707 Lennox Lane, midcentury modern lovers will be given the opportunity to pick over the bones of the Truett A. Bishop-designed home. Once lauded as one of the most innovative homes in the country, it will soon be razed to make room for a new build on the 2.29 acre lot.

I’m a little gobsmacked. This style is only growing in popularity, with more and more of these structures being updated and remodeled by caring and clever craftsmen. It’s truly a sad day for Dallas.

“This is such a unique and historical house — they are going to have a heck of a time tearing that down … because my dad made things to last forever,” Anne Christian, one of Martin Mayrath’s children, told CandysDirt.com writer Leah Shafer.” He spared no expense to add all the wonderful touches to the house. The steel piers going down into the bedrock would be the most interesting part—I would think it would make the ground unstable [for a future home built there] to have them torn out.”
The Mayrath family in the grand entryway, late 1950s. Martin Mayrath made his fortune by inventing the grain auger. Photo: Preservation Dallas

The Mayrath family in the grand entryway, late 1950s. Martin Mayrath made his fortune by inventing the grain auger. Photo: Preservation Dallas