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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Hollywood Heights is pretty darned hot. It’s always been a sought after neighborhood, but we’ve never seen it quite as on fire as it is now. Maybe it’s the fact there are great original homes, owners that remodel with extreme care, builders that have to follow conservation district guidelines, and great Lakewood schools. Of course for those in the know there’s the Newellian Easter parade, Liz Simmon’s Halloween haunted front yard, and Clydesdale drawn wagons filled with carolers at Christmas. If you want to jump into a neighborhood where a McMansion cannot go in next door and the fun factor is built right in, we have just the house. Britt Lopez has 522 Monte Vista listed for $550,00. Built in 1934, it’s 2,468 square feet of fabulous Tudor charm.

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In what I expect was a piece of theater, last night, the Dallas City Council trucked over to Fair Park to meet with the people in an open-door session. The goal was for citizens to voice their opinions about the Fair Park task force’s plans. As one black community leader pointed out, a two-hour session with the neighborhood after a year of work by a largely secretive task force was “a slap in the face.”

Before I continue, I ended my last piece on Fair Park wondering how much rent the city was generating from the State Fair.

In 2013 (the most recent financial statements I could find), the State Fair generated $42,411,006 in revenues (up $4.5-million from 2012) and paid the city $1,784,185 in rent for its 3.5 month lease of Fair Park. That would place an annual rental value on Fair Park of $5,947,283 or just $1,789 per acre per month. Does that seem a terrifically low price for a National Register property?

Put in perspective, the nonprofit State Fair pays its top nine executives just over $3 million in salaries and perks, not quite double what they pay the entire city of Dallas. Also keep in mind, for $1,789 a month you could either rent a 917 square foot, 1-bedroom apartment in West Village or an ACRE at Fair Park with all its accompanying historical buildings. How’s that for perspective?

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The Art Deco exterior of the 508 Park building.

The Art Deco exterior of the 508 Park building before restoration. Its architecture is considered an excellent example of a Zig Zag Moderne building. Photo: Encore Park

You probably never noticed the boarded-up tan brick building near Park and Young streets in downtown Dallas. It sat abandoned for two decades, its sidewalks littered with trash and walls vandalized with graffiti.

But behind the grime and neglect, there was a story of intersecting histories waiting to be told.

This Art Deco structure, called 508 Park, was once the hub of the local music scene. Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson recorded nearly half his songs, as well as his final work, in 1937. In fact, over 800 blues, jazz, western swing, and Mexican recordings occurred at 508 Park by Johnson and other legends such as Gene Autry, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Light Crust Doughboys, and Lolo Cavasos.

Blues legend Robert Johnson whose final recordings were at Encore Parrk's 508 Park. Photo: Encore Park

Blues legend Robert Johnson, whose final recordings were at Encore Parrk’s 508 Park. Photo: Encore Park

The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church across the street purchased 508 Park in 2011. Thanks to their efforts, as well as dedicated preservationists, historians, architects, and volunteers, this architecturally significant building is singing again.

The campus, known as Encore Park, is a multi-phased, multi-venue campus that aims to bring all cultures together to experience and appreciate history, art, music, and community gardening.

Pat Bywaters is executive director of Encore Park Dallas and grandson of influential Texas artist and “Dallas Nine” member Jerry Bywaters. He’s been spearheading the research into 508’s history, visiting archives in California, Louisiana, and New York.

“I love doing research, and I’ve always loved history. As soon as we looked into 508, the music history came flooding,” Bywaters said. “The Encore Park project preserves not only the architectural relic, but a special place and time in Dallas’ history.”

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UPDATE: Scott Carlson himself points out the updated listing in the comments. There are several gorgeous photos of the property! Check them out!

I can’t really call it “House Porn” if there’s only one photo, right? I guess you’ll have to wait for an open house to see the insides of 2605 Winsted, an amazing Art Deco two-story that was built in 1939.

As the listing from our fine friends at Scott Carlson tells us, this home is considered a bona fide Art Deco design, all 3,374 square feet of it. The house, which sits on a little less than half an acre, was listed just yesterday. Considering the view this amazing abode has of Tokalon Park, and it’s proximity to everything everyone loves about Lakewood, I doubt this beauty will be on the market for long.

And while this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house with a pool is listed at $1.1 million, I bet the selling prices is closer to $1 million even. Takers?