The Alexander Mansion has been home to the Dallas Woman’s Forum since 1930, and was built in 1904. Without needed repairs, it could be torn down. (Photo courtesy Dallas Woman’s Forum)

It’s an aging beauty in need of some maintenance. But its long and storied place in Dallas history makes the Alexander Mansion worth continued efforts to preserve it, the group that has owned it since 1930 says.

The mansion was built in 1904 and was first the home of C.H. Alexander — a hotelier (according to a brief story in the Houston Post from 1906) and ice house owner. He also apparently earned a great deal of coin ($500,000 then, probably around $12 to $13 million in those days) selling the track and equipment to build 27 miles of the Dallas Consolidated Electric Street Railway.

The mansion was designed by skyscraper builders Sanguinet & Staats of Fort Worth and has seven fireplaces, stained glass windows, and front columns crafted from Italian marble. At the time of its building, it was one of many mansions on Ross Avenue.  Sanguinet & Staats had a hand in several other mansions, including those along Pennsylvania Avenue in Fort Worth and Courtland Place in Houston. (more…)

Feel festive this week at the seventh annual Dallas Woman’s Forum Holiday Home Tour at the historic C. H. Alexander Mansion, just blocks from the Dallas Arts District. The tour is part of a month of fun at the mansion, called “One Enchanted Christmas,” which will continue later in the month with a European Tea Room.

Photo courtesy C. H. Alexander Mansion

Photo courtesy C. H. Alexander Mansion

The Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 4-7, will take visitors through the spectacular rooms of the first floor of the mansion, cheerfully decorated for Christmas. Upstairs, guests can shop among 20 merchants in a gift boutique, offering antiques, jewelry, handcrafted home decor, candles, chocolates, teas, jellies, stationery, and vintage clothing. There are also tasty treats to buy at the Bake Shoppe, and tickets are available in advance for lunch at a Holiday Bistro.

“One Enchanted Christmas” will continue with a European Tea Room in the mansion Dec. 11-14 and 17-20 at noon each day. A traditional three-course tea will begin with passed champagne and will include the Alexander Mansion private blend tea, Caramel Almond Bliss. Reservations are required. (more…)

Alexander Mansion

Enjoy a French Fortnight at The Alexander Mansion from Dec. 5-8 with the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Tour this historic Dallas landmark and enjoy lunch while supporting the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets!

From our dear friend, Sharon Cooper, comes this announcement:

Once again the Dallas Woman’s Forum will open their stately home, The Alexander Mansion, for all to enjoy during the holidays. This year The Woman’s Forum goes to France!

A French Fortnight 6th Annual Holiday Celebration begins the festivities on December 5-8 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Drawing upon the idea of a lovely French girl who introduces her handsome American fiancé to her family on Christmas Eve, the 1904 Alexander Mansion will be transformed into the setting for this charming story as it might have transpired in the days before World War I. Tours will be given on the half-hour.

Upstairs, guests can browse unique offerings in the gift boutique. Lunch will be served daily in the Bistro Café and holiday goodies, perfect for gift giving, will be available in the Pastry Shop. Admission to the Tour and Boutique is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Reservations for the Bistro Café are $15. Reservations can be made by calling 214-823-4533 or at www.alexandermansiondallas.com.

The Alexander Mansion is located at 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.

“As one of the oldest residences in Dallas, The C.H. Alexander Mansion is a city treasure that is truly beautiful during the holidays,” said Virginia Cook, President of The Dallas Woman’s Forum. “We have special groups and families who return year after year. They have made tea at the Alexander Mansion a ‘must’ for their holiday celebration,” added Tearoom Founder and Chairman Suzanne Palmlund. Sheila Rice, Chairman of the Holiday Celebration summed up by saying, “The Alexander Mansion is a magical setting for creating special memories, and this is a wonderful holiday tradition for Dallas families and visitors.”

Want to enjoy a French Fortnight celebration at the Alexander Mansion for nothing at all? The first two CandysDirt.com readers to comment on this post will win tickets to tour the mansion. Comment below and send an email to jo@candysdirt.com to confirm your entry.

Stay tuned next week as we’ll have another giveaway from the Dallas Woman’s Forum!

Alexander Mansion

Enjoy a French Fortnight at The Alexander Mansion from Dec. 5-8 with the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Tour this historic Dallas landmark and enjoy lunch while supporting the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets!

From our dear friend, Sharon Cooper, comes this announcement:

Once again the Dallas Woman’s Forum will open their stately home, The Alexander Mansion, for all to enjoy during the holidays. This year The Woman’s Forum goes to France!

A French Fortnight 6th Annual Holiday Celebration begins the festivities on December 5-8 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Drawing upon the idea of a lovely French girl who introduces her handsome American fiancé to her family on Christmas Eve, the 1904 Alexander Mansion will be transformed into the setting for this charming story as it might have transpired in the days before World War I. Tours will be given on the half-hour.

Upstairs, guests can browse unique offerings in the gift boutique. Lunch will be served daily in the Bistro Café and holiday goodies, perfect for gift giving, will be available in the Pastry Shop. Admission to the Tour and Boutique is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Reservations for the Bistro Café are $15. Reservations can be made by calling 214-823-4533 or at www.alexandermansiondallas.com.

The Alexander Mansion is located at 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.

“As one of the oldest residences in Dallas, The C.H. Alexander Mansion is a city treasure that is truly beautiful during the holidays,” said Virginia Cook, President of The Dallas Woman’s Forum. “We have special groups and families who return year after year. They have made tea at the Alexander Mansion a ‘must’ for their holiday celebration,” added Tearoom Founder and Chairman Suzanne Palmlund. Sheila Rice, Chairman of the Holiday Celebration summed up by saying, “The Alexander Mansion is a magical setting for creating special memories, and this is a wonderful holiday tradition for Dallas families and visitors.”

Want to enjoy a French Fortnight celebration at the Alexander Mansion for nothing at all? The first two CandysDirt.com readers to comment on this post will win tickets to tour the mansion. Comment below and send an email to jo@candysdirt.com to confirm your entry.

Stay tuned next week as we’ll have another giveaway from the Dallas Woman’s Forum!