4837 Tremont (Photos: Aaron Doughterty)

4837 Tremont (Photos: Aaron Doughterty)

Tomorrow’s wine walk and preview is the first event in the three-day Munger Place Days and Tour of Homes this weekend. In its eighth year, the home tour shows off the historic district’s ample inventory of early 20th century architecture. The homes will be open to ticketholders on Saturday and Sunday, and includes a wonderfully curated group of bungalows, prairie-style homes, and even a colonial revival.

Other events scheduled for the weekend include a craft fair and street festival on Sunday, and a free symposium on Saturday that will cover the care and restoration of vintage homes led by Tom Clark and Jon Wright. Their talk will mostly cover restoration of windows, but expect to find out more about the detailed process involved in preserving a neighborhood of this caliber, like the classic craftsman at 4837 Tremont pictured above.

Tickets for tomorrow’s wine walk and the home tour are still available. You can purchase wine walk tickets for $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Home tour tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  The symposium is a free event sponsored by Prime Lending.

Jump to see more photos of this year’s tour homes.

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Winnetka HeightsFor people interested in homes with stories and personality, the Winnetka Heights neighborhood in North Oak Cliff offers hundreds of beautiful examples.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a Craftsman bungalow at 214 N. Edgefield Ave., near Davis and Polk streets. Built in 1924, it has doubtless seen generations of people sit on its wide front porch, looking out at the arching shade trees that line the street.

At 2,212 square feet on two stories, this Craftsman is large, with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room. It sits on a heavily treed lot, and is walking distance from the Kessler Theater and restaurants like Nova; the entire Bishop Arts District is just one mile away.
Winnetka HeightsThe neighborhood has its own stories to tell, too. Winnetka Heights is the largest historic district in Dallas, with 600 houses and 20 commercial structures in its 50 city blocks. In 1911, several prominent Dallas investors developed Winnetkta Heights as a tony area, full of one-story frame bungalows and two-story Prairie-influenced Four Square homes.

Let’s take a look at this Craftsman, both beautifully maintained and renovated in key areas, and newly listed by Erin Young with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. for $399,900.

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115 S. Tyler Front

This neo-classical building at 115 S. Tyler Street once supplied electricity to North Oak Cliff.

By Katrina Whatley
Special Contributor

Dallas is fortunate to have plethora of housing styles. You want something by a contemporary architect? We have many innovative, world-class examples. Want a charming 1920s Tudor or a Craftsman bungalow? We have several neighborhoods with beautiful offerings — both large and small — from Swiss Avenue to Elmwood. Midcentury modern lover? Cha-ching! Dallas has many exciting neighborhoods that are strictly thus!

Each home is always unique in its own right, and you will find many options for your preferred style in our fair city. However, CandysDirt.com takes you to a place so unique that there are only four examples in all of Dallas. Four. That’s right: one, two, three, four.

Realtor Randall Simpson is offering the only historical Dallas Power and Light building for sale at this time for a cool $1.6 million. The building, designed by Lang & Witchell, originally powered rail cars in Dallas. Jump for a peek inside!

115 S. Tyler Entry

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Tyler and Caitlin Faubion with their Vizsla John Wayne outside their Patricia Ave. Tudor. The Faubions have opened their homes for the annual Hollywood Santa Monica home tour, which benefits local schools. (Photo: Jo England)

Caitlin and Tyler Faubion fell in love with the potential inside their Hollywood Heights Tudor on Patricia. Right when they walked in the front door they could imagine open spaces, a lovely updated kitchen, and a sunroom that brought in the beauty of the outdoors.

There are so many wonderful touches in this home that make it feel absolutely classic, like those mahogany French doors and windows hewn by a close relative of the Faubions, as well as the subtly elegant details like crystal chandeliers and perfectly refinished hardwood floors. And while this home clocks in at about 1,260 square feet, the openness that allows you to easily navigate the common areas of the house make it feel much larger.

This will definitely be a popular property on this year’s Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour, so don’t wait to buy your tickets and show your support of this active historic conservation district in East Dallas! You can purchase your tickets to the April 25-26 home tour online, as well as register for the silent auction on April 24 hosted by the Dallas Arboretum.

Jump for more on the Faubions and their fabulous home!

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The Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, in downtown has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, this structure was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Downtown Dallas’ Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. In 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, it was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Dallas has a rich historic and architectural legacy, shown through buildings like the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, DeGolyer House and Gardens in East Dallas, and the Eastside Warehouse District and State Thomas neighborhood in Uptown.

But just because a building or neighborhood plays an important part in the story of Dallas doesn’t mean it’s protected from big changes, up to and including demolishment.

Just last September, 1611 Main Street and neighboring buildings were razed as part of the Joule’s expansion plans. It was a beautiful Romanesque Revival built in 1885, one of downtown’s oldest structures. It sat next to the site of another Dallas landmark torn down by the Joule in 2012, the former Praetorian Building.

Lakewood Theater is another example of an unprotected structure—it may be beloved, but nothing stands between it and the wrecking ball besides the assurances of the owner that they won’t demolish as part of renovation plans.

That’s where historic designation comes into play and the efforts of Dallas preservationists to care for the future of the buildings and neighborhoods that have shaped what our city into what it is today.

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Junius Heights Home Tour

 

The Junius Heights Historic District home tour is one of my favorites, namely because I used to live in the neighborhood and absolutely love the block-after-block array of gorgeous restored Craftsman architecture. This is an amazing and popular neighborhood in Dallas, which happens to be the city’s largest historic conservation district.

The tour, which will be Sunday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature five gorgeous properties in this lovely, walkable neighborhood. Advance tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the Lakewood Whole Foods. Tickets are $20 on the day of the event. Besides the tour homes, there’ll be a market at Paulus Avenue and Junius Street, which will have vendors, food trucks, and activities.

For us, though, I am excited to tour the two homes on Victor Street, which are an interesting juxtaposition. Jump for more!

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We already told you that Elizabeth Mast and her partner, Robby Sturgeon, will be listing the incredible Stubbs House at 6543 La Vista for $1.5 million. Well, I got to tour this home last night at their open house before the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, and I was just blown away. Just floored!

If you were one of the lucky few who attended the estate sale at this amazing home, you’ll remember how cramped and packed and practically claustrophobic this house felt. It was drowning in antiques and memorabilia, with a variety of Asian art spread across the tables and floors. There was a thin layer of dust and grime on most surfaces, and the chandeliers were dull and sad.

And then Mast and Sturgeon, with the help of their incredible team, completely transformed the home into a show-stopper. Now we understand why this stately Tudor called “The Crown Jewel of Swiss Avenue!”

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It’s a Dallas tradition to honor mom and her commitment to her family and career (and all those dang peanut butter and jelly sandwiches she made and stories she read to you, even when she said she would only read one book and ended up reading five) with a special weekend at the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.

This unique event showcases the lovely historic homes for which this neighborhood is known, and offers a fantastic marketplace and lovely tea that mom will appreciate even if it will take years and years to make up for that phase of your teens where you were a moody jerk to her every dang day.

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