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Highly-respected Dallas architect Phillip W. Shepherd Sr. died Thursday, July 11, 2019, a longtime family friend confirmed to CandysDirt. He was 77.

Reared in Graham, Shepherd graduated with a degree in architecture from Texas Tech University in the 1960s. He began his firm, PWS Architects, in 1963.

Photo courtesy The Crescent

When you look at the current landscape of Uptown Dallas, you’d be hard pressed to find a place Shepherd didn’t influence as an architect. His portfolio is long and varied, and includes such Dallas mainstays as The Crescent Hotel and the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

In Dallas, he collaborated with other architects and builders to craft buildings that would honor Texas history, but also put a distinctly contemporary stamp on places the city (and its visitors) would come to work and play. (more…)

I’m working on a piece on the Crescent Hotel, so you may get some tidbits. Today, Mrs. Hunt told me that it took longer to remodel her neighbor’s home than it did to build the Crescent. She also wants it known it was her immediate family, that is, her sons Stephen, David, Bunker and Patrick and daughter Laurie conceived of the idea for the Crescent at it’s location. Which was genius. It was a total family affair! Mrs. Hunt was the one who had the foresight to buy up as much land as possible. She told me she thought about Chicago and the Gold Coast and how population moved northward along the lake. And hearing her say that was just music to a Chicago-girls’ heart.

However, I am now a reborn Texan!

Steve Brown did a great job reporting and writing on the Crescent’s history, subscription req.