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This year’s ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour is a bit more tightly curated than in years past, with four amazing homes to enjoy from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 4. This annual home tour is a huge fundraiser for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, and has brought in more than $675,000 for kindergarten and first-grade classes at the two elementary schools serving Highland Park. Now that’s something to be thankful for! Check out this video about what ABPA does for neighborhood schools!

Our favorite house on this year’s tour is a lovely cottage on Drexel Drive with a spacious front porch. It looks like it would be at home in New Orleans’ Garden District, with rows of French Doors and a lovely, bursting landscape. We caught up with the McClung family, owners of this Creole beauty, and asked them a few questions about their adorable abode.

Jump for a little teaser ahead of what is going to be a fabulous home tour!

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All the second homes in Destin, Port Aransas or Pebble Beach could not pull me away from next Saturday’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society‘s Spring home tour. That’s April 2, 2011, from 10 am – 4 pm. The owners of six gloriously historic and architecturally significant Park Cities homes will toss open their doors to all House Candy lovers. The homes are: 4236 Armstrong Parkway, 4809 Drexel Drive, 4308 Stanhope, 4200 Shenandoah, 7715 Turtle Creek Blvd. and 3830 Windsor Lane, pictured here. Even better, get your shopping fix in: during the home tour, there will be a boutique at the 4809 Drexel Drive, Highland Park, home, featuring preferred vendor items. The Home Tour is open to the public and tickets are available now.

In fact, I have two more tickets to get in two MORE lucky readers FREE!!! But first, you’ll have to answer trivia question #2, piece of cake:

Who were: Hal Thomson, Art Swain, Charles Dilbeck, Will Scott Richter, George Reynolds, Jr. and Wilson McClure?

Get the correct answer in the comments fast and¬†furiously, I’ll deliver two tickets to your door!

Spring means home tour season In Dallas. And next Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 10 am – 4 pm, the owners of six gloriously historic and architecturally significant Park Cities homes will open their doors to we lovers of House Candy. The homes are:

4236 Armstrong Parkway, 4809 Drexel Drive, 4308 Stanhope, 4200 Shenandoah, 7715 Turtle Creek Blvd. and 3830 Windsor Lane. (I’m drooling already.) Now here’s the good news:¬†I can get two lucky readers in for FREE!!! That’s right, I have two¬†HPHPS home tour tickets in my hot hands for anyone who¬†knows the answer to this trivia question — go ahead, give it a shot!¬†

Louis T. Carpenter, who lived at 4809 Drexel Drive, which is one of the historic homes on the 2011 Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s Home Tour, was involved in writing the bill which placed one of the major Texas Universities at its current location.  Which university was it?  Baylor in Waco, Texas in Austin, Texas Tech in Lubbock or SMU in Dallas?

Tell me the correct answer fast and¬†first, I’ll deliver two tickets to your door!