modern masterpiece

If the design of this modern masterpiece looks familiar, it’s because it’s by the same architect that was responsible for the Dallas Museum of Art.

Edward Larrabee Barnes was commissioned by art collectors to design a futuristic home to house their collection. Barnes is notable not just for the DMA and this incredible modern masterpiece, but also for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. In 2007 he was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal. There is no lack of world-class architecture in our city, and this home is one of our most stunning examples.

modern masterpiece

A monumental limestone staircase descends into the living room.

It often takes a newcomer to help us appreciate what Dallas offers, especially when it comes to architecture. Recently I had guests in town from London. They were bowled over by our architecture. That’s right, Dallas impressed the Brits!


Thomas Phifer Dallas

Thomas Phifer’s Dallas projects include the Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Savor Restaurant.

Thomas Phifer

Thomas Phifer

Thomas Phifer has been called the “master of meticulous modernism,” whose work ranges from the Corning Museum in New York, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, and the San Francisco corporate headquarters for LinkedIn, to Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Rachofsky House. The New York City-based architect will be in Dallas to speak to the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Phifer is the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s featured lecturer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for DMA members, and $5 for students.

That modernism is evident in his use of light “within a deceptively simple yet elegant design,” Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly says, describing Phifer’s ability to connect people in man-made environments to their natural surroundings. “His widely celebrated and vast experience spans every scale of design and construction from large public institutions to personal residences,” Eudaly says.


Aga Khan Award

Issam Fares Institute in Beirut, Lebanon, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photo: AKTC-Cemal Emden

The Dallas Architecture Forum will launch its twentieth-anniversary season next week with a lecture about the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Aga Khan Award

Shiraz Allibhai. Photo: Aga Khan Trust

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world in which Muslims have a significant presence.

The winners of this triennial competition, with a grand prize of $1 million, were recently announced. They include projects by internationally known firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects and BIG Architects, as well as those by rising talent from countries around the world. Winning projects are located in China, Bangladesh, Iran, Lebanon, and Denmark.

The International Deputy Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Shiraz Allibhai, will come from Geneva, Switzerland, to make this presentation.


Dallas Architecture Forum

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, designed by architect Kevin McClurkan and his team at Ennead Architects in New York City. Photo: Timothy Hursley

Designing a presidential library is a notable honor in the architecture world. The next lecture of the season for the Dallas Architecture Forum will feature outstanding architect Kevin McClurkan, AIA, Management Partner of Ennead Architects of New York City. McClurkan is the architect behind the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Kevin McClurkan, AIA

Kevin McClurkan, AIA

McClurkan is known for myriad other notable projects, too, including the Newseum adjacent to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and The Standard hotel on the High Line Park in New York City.

He will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.

“Kevin McClurkan’s projects include some of the most unique buildings in the United States—he is one of the very few architects who has designed a United States presidential library,” said Nate Eudaly, the Forum’s Executive Director. “Our members and the Dallas community will be fortunate to learn about these and other important buildings that Kevin McClurkan and his team at Ennead have created.”


6309 Wildnerness Front

Not too long ago Candy wrote about how Max Anderson and his then wife, Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson, were doing the “conscious uncoupling” thing and had put their beautiful home in Williamsburg Estates in Preston Hollow in North Dallas (north of LBJ) on the market. Heck, Jacqueline even wrote a book about it: “Separating into Wholeness: Revolutionary Relationships & Evolutionary Families.” Only, they didn’t end up splitting for good after all, and remarried just three months after their widely reported separation.

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

Now come reports that Max has left his position as the director of the Dallas Museum of Art for the News Cities Foundation. His new role is that of “director of grant programs” for the organization, which is based out of Paris. Anderson had a hand in bringing the New Cities Summit to Dallas last year, which hosted some great panels on the future of Dallas.

Here’s hoping the Andersons get enough for their gorgeous contemporary at 6309 Wilderness Court that they can buy one of these amazing apartments in the city of lights. (Update: The DMN says that the Andersons will be relocating to New York City.)

Seriously, though, their home is an absolute treasure, and they’ve listed it with David Nichols at Allie Beth Allman. Jump to see more, or you could visit the broker open house tomorrow.


Farmers Market Loft

Lofts tend to feel big because of high ceilings, tall windows, and few interior walls dividing up the space. But today’s Thursday Three Hundred really IS a big space—2,296 square feet with polished concrete floors, exposed ductwork, and huge iron windows that hinge open.

Unit 208 at 2220 Canton St. is located near the downtown Dallas Farmers Market in the historic Olive & Myers Furniture Company Building, constructed in 1925. Now called 2220 Canton, the building was renovated for residential living in 1996 by Corgan & Associates (same folks who did the Adam Hats Lofts nearby in Deep Ellum).

Their beautiful work won a Building Design award from the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It is one of the few remaining examples of factory architecture in downtown Dallas and the property is now listed as a City of Dallas Landmark.

Farmers Market Loft

Not only does 2220 Canton offer an incredible location in the southwest part of downtown, check out that view from the rooftop pool deck above. Wow. Residents have access to a concierge during normal business hours, as well as a fitness center in the building and 1/3-mile walking track on the roof.

This unusual loft is newly listed by Holly Bock at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $390,350.


If you’re free tonight, make your way to the Dallas Museum of Art to hear landscape architect and luminary Laurie Olin speak as part of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Laurie Olin

Olin is internationally acclaimed, and one of only four recipients of the National Medal of Arts award from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is the highest honor given to artists by the U.S. government. The White House press release described Olin as a preeminent landscape architect, renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design.

In addition to founding the firm OLIN, he is the practice professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for 30 years, and former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University.

Olin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the recipient of an Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Design Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Event details

The lecture by Olin begins at 7 p.m., and there is a complimentary reception for lecture attendees beginning at 6:15 p.m. The event will be held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood Street. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students (with ID), and can be purchased at the door. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture.

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit or call 214-764-2406.