Dallas Modernist Architect Bud Oglesby knew how to do light right. For this first in a series on Dallas architects’ most magnificent homes, we’re chronicling the homes designed by Bud Oglesby and his firm, Oglesby Group Architects.

Oglesby was orn in Phoenix, Oglesby was raised in San Angelo, graduated from Cornell, and received his masters in architecture from M.I.T. His firm, Oglesby Group Architects was one of the most significant architectural firms in designing modern, distinctive homes throughout downtown, Oak Lawn, Preston Hollow, and North Dallas for years, and he influenced a tremendous number of current architects, including modernist Ron Wommack. Oglesby also studied and lived in Sweden.

The Dallas modernist architect’s homes are often fixtures on the AIA Home Tour for good reason. Well-thought-out natural light is a signature element for homes designed by the late Oglesby, who once said,

“How you deal with light is extremely important. How you let it enter a building, how you treat it on outside surfaces through trellises, shutters, courtyards, and recessed windows is crucial.”

In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following: “Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

Here are some of the fantastic homes Oglesby has designed that’ve captured our fascination through the years.

Glass-Walled Duplex on Fairfax

 

3727 Fairfax Ave. has two bedrooms, two baths, and 1,746 square feet.

Address: 3727 Fairfax Ave.

Last sold: Estimated $588,000 in May 2018

 

This architectural gem is a meticulous example of Bud Oglesby’s signature style with a seamless visual relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

This home is one half of a duplex with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 1,746 square feet on two stories, built in 1964. The home located near Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue was listed for $697,000 and sold for an estimated $588,000 in May 2018. (more…)

Write what you know, right? That’s why I typically gravitate towards 1980s-built soft contemporary homes, popcorn ceilings and all. But I became a fan of midcentury modern style the moment I purchased a Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Table reproduction and started learning more about the architecture and design of this distinctive era. I’m a novice though, so I tend to defer to other CandysDirt expert writers about MCM homes.

I’m taking the plunge though with this Bud Oglesby midcentury modern townhome at 3615 Gillespie Street #A in Oak Lawn, listed for $345,000 by Charles Gregory with Dave Perry Miller Real Estate.

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Bud Oglesby Townhomes

When two Bud Oglesby townhomes in Turtle Creek hit the market, I was thrilled because we at CandysDirt.com are a bit obsessed with Oglesby. In fact, Candy thinks an Oglesby house may be considered the ultimate Dallas home. After all, they are sleek, modern, simple in form, and intelligent in function. His use of light was masterful whether the house was a multi-million-dollar estate or an urban townhome.

We are always thrilled to see Bud Oglesby projects are not only still standing in our fair city, but are also being appreciated by a whole new generation of buyers. It requires intelligence, sophistication, and an appreciation for the modernist aesthetic to understand why anything designed by The Oglesby Group is a keeper.

Although some people have not learned the lesson of preservation, so we’ve lost iconic Oglesby homes like 1003 Strait Lane. We still mourn the loss of that beauty. But, we take heart because we believe these architect-designed homes are finally being more fully appreciated.

There is a reason these townhomes have stood the test of time.

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mansion park

The choice to move to Oak Lawn is one often based on location. People who enjoy this neighborhood with Turtle Creek, hoards of excellent dining and shopping options, and plenty of nightlife, aren’t planning to spend oodles of time inside their digs. Life in Oak Lawn is to be lived in the neighborhood itself, right?

That’s why we find this adorable Bud Oglesby-designed, Midcentury Modern condo listed by Keller Williams Urban agent Don Neilson so appealing. As our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, we see the inherent value in such a superb location — Mansion Park. Plus, its modest floor plan is so incredibly functional that you won’t miss all the excess space you left behind.

“This is the ultimate ‘tiny home’ on steroids,” Neilson said of his listing at 2727 Hood Street, Unit No. 110. “Today’s sophisticated urban buyers want convenience, style, and simplicity. They want to live in a nice neighborhood and they want a home that is affordable, so they spend their free time on living a more fulfilling lifestyle.”

We couldn’t agree more!

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Modernist Masterpiece

I got a bit giddy when I came across this Highland Park Modernist masterpiece designed by the legendary Bud Oglesby. As I go in search of a home for our Monday Morning Millionaire each week, I try to find something that is not only in the ultra-luxury price range but also has a story to tell.

Dallas has some of the finest residential architecture in the world. That fact often makes me pause and wonder why buyers so often settle for the mundane white box when there are homes like this Modernist masterpiece for sale. Architect-designed homes are timeless. Sure, you may need to update a bathroom or a kitchen, but you should do that on any house over 10 years old.

An architect-designed house is going to last forever, if — and that is a big if — there is a buyer that understands and values that home. It takes a certain level of taste, experience, and intelligence to appreciate a marvelous Modernist masterpiece. Fortunately, this is Dallas, and we have a lot of tasteful, intelligent buyers.

This Modernist masterpiece at 3709 Lexington Avenue was built for the Deals, who were patrons of the Dallas Museum of Art. It is widely believed to be the last residence Oglesby designed. In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following:

“Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

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Rarely do you find enclaves in Dallas that are seeded with one particular architect like Oak Lawn is with Bud Oglesby designs. The modernist architect was quite prolific in the area, with many of his angular, eye-catching townhomes and condos located in the Mansion Park area and nearby. We always love seeing how homeowners have updated this well-known architect’s work, while still retaining the form and function that make Bud Oglesby homes so recognizable.

This particular two-bedroom condo is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans for that reason and more. Not only is it a sizable example of a unit in this Hood Street complex, but it’s sleek and serene with plenty of its original 1969 charm.

“The current owner performed a tasteful update in 2015 making a harmonious connection of some of the 1969 elements — floating staircase and GE Wonder Kitchen — with modern creature comforts like new lighting, custom cabinetry, and appliances,” says Compass Dallas listing agent Brad Jeffreys.

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Bud Oglesby-Designed Condo In Oak Lawn Features Timeless Design | CandysDirt.com

Calling all architecture and design lovers: We’ve found a Bud Oglesby condo that’s the perfect dwelling for the Dallas urbanite. It just hit the market and offers are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, so you have to act fast to snag this gem.

Nestled in the Mansion neighborhood of Oak Lawn and only blocks from the Katy Trail, 2711 Hood St., Apt A is true to its original design with stained concrete flooring and open rafter ceilings. The original blue General Electric Wonder Kitchen (which includes stove, oven, sink, and stainless steel counters) has been preserved and offers an authentic and fun focal point for the space.

“I think there’s an intangible element to this home that’s hard to put into words — it has history and soul,” said listing agent Phillip Murrell with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — Park Cities. “Oglesby was ahead of his time and created an efficient, open space without any fuss, just great design.”

This home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and 705 square feet on one story, built in 1969. Let’s take a look before it’s off the market.

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Splurge vs Steal: Two Contemporary Homes Near the Dallas Medical District | CandysDirt.com

In recent years, the Dallas Medical District, which houses UT Southwestern, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Children’s Medical Center Dallas, has seen increased interest from homebuyers. Close to Love Field International Airport and downtown Dallas, this area offers a convenient location for work, play, and entertainment (hello, Victory Park and Oak Lawn!).

In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’ve found two homes on the edge of the Medical District. One is in a duplex deigned by Texas legend Bud Oglesby, the other a brand new house with cedar and metal rooflines. Which one is your favorite?

 

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