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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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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Kessler House. Dallas, Texas. Image license: RG/D+B, Inc and Gayla Interiors Inc. © Copyright 2017 Benjamin Benschneider 

When Rene Gracia bought his Kessler Parkway home, everything was completely wrong with it. The floor plan didn’t work for modern family life, and the home itself didn’t take full advantage of the hilltop lot and treetop views it afforded. Not wanting to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, Gracia enlisted his firm, RG/D+B, and set to work to make the tired 1950s-era ranch into a modern home fit for family life.

The results speak for themselves, as Gracia’s work has netted his family’s home a spot on this weekend’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, the only citywide tour in Dallas curated exclusively by architects. The tour, which is slated for Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include seven residences in neighborhoods all over the Dallas area. Oak Cliff, the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands, and East Dallas will host the stops of this two-day, open-to-the-public tour highlighting the work of some of the city’s most talented architects and the area’s most innovative and outstanding residential design. 

Want to win one of two pairs of tickets courtesy of CandysDirt.com? Keep reading!

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The AIA Dallas Tour of Homes will feature a custom design by Maestri Studio.

It’s the only architect-curated home tour in Dallas, and if you are eager for inspiration, these eye-catching, trend-making, and heart-stopping designs on the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes this weekend will do the trick. Personally, we can’t wait to see the gorgeous Texas Hill Country contemporary in Forest Hills designed by Maestri Studio. Of course, there are six more beautiful, ground-breaking designs and renovations that show off the diversity of architectural design in our city. We’re certain that you’ll fall in love at least twice. 

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for this weekend’s tour, AIA Dallas has graciously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our readers. Your chance to win is after the jump!

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Designed by Maestri Studio, this stunning contemporary in Forest Hills offers bright and open entertaining. (Photos: Aaron Dougherty Photography)

When it comes to residential architecture, our city is just lousy with incredibly designed homes thanks to our stacked lineup of talented Dallas architects. And like any house porn addict, we here at CandysDirt.com look forward to the annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes with excitement, as there’s no faster way to induce heavy breathing among us than with high design and risk-taking concepts come to life. 

This year, the sole architect-curated home tour doesn’t disappoint. With seven incredible houses ranging between 2,700 and more than 6,000 square feet, you can get a taste and feel for the modern and contemporary residential architecture of Big D, from Forest Hills to Preston Hollow and beyond. 

One of our hands-down favorites on this year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, is a beautiful, warm contemporary with a touch of the Texas Hill Country vernacular on a beautiful lot in Forest Hills from Maestri Studio. Unlike many more traditionally styled homes in the neighborhood, Santa Clara offers front yard living with huge glass walls that open the home’s interior to the neighborhood. 

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We live for the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, and the homes featured on this year’s tour do not disappoint. We’re talking about some of the most amazing modern homes and unbelieveable renovations by innovative architects across Dallas.

The is a home tour you don’t want to miss, either, and lucky for you, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this amazing event. The tour, which runs this weekend, Nov. 2 and 3, is organized by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These are the homes that architects go gaga over, so expect clean lines, unique geometry and neutral palettes.

Of course, there are some incredible renovations, too, including 3615 Gillespie Street Unit C (below). Designed by Mitchell Garman architects, this condo is just gorgeous. Tons of wood offset with bright white paint and colorful accents make this unit a vision of Midcentury Modern revived.

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“The 1958-era condo has wonderful bones – full-height glass, but very private, small urban condo in the midst of the city,” said owner Kelly Mitchell. “We took out the walls around the kitchen to open it up and make it useful for the way we live today. The detailing and materials are modern, yet fitting for the era and style of the original building.”

There’s another unit in the building on the tour, too, and the take on the space is completely unique.

If you’re looking for an interesting play on lines, textures, and transparency, you will have to pick your jaw up from the floor after you’ve seen 21 Winding Lake Drive by Smitharc Architects (below). This home abounds with minimalist and Asian-style influences, with walls that create privacy without blocking light, not unlike a shoji screen.

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“The Winding Lake house is a study in contrasts: natural cedar cladding alongside crisply rendered stucco and glass, huge windows that provide amply shaded private views, sculptural forms that envelope rather than displace space, a sense of expansiveness despite its confined zero-lot-line site,” said Jason Smith, AIA, of Smitharc Architects.

Of course, these are only a couple of the 10 amazing homes on this year’s tour. Want to see them all? Comment below on which home is your favorite and then send an email with your contact information to jo@candysdirt.com. We’ll choose the winner tomorrow!