“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you,” once said the GOAT himself, Frank Lloyd Wright – and this Midcentury Modern gem in Las Colinas does just that. It was designed by renowned Dallas architect David George, a devoted student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and in our opinion, a visionary who quite literally took those words to heart. The result is a nature-forward treasure, quietly perched on a heavily treed lot at 113 E. Northgate Drive. And with a price tag under $585,000, it’s a rarity that is sure to go quick. Let’s take a look around, shall we?
First, we are struck by the mature lot and timeless appeal of the brick-clad exterior. The walk-up is unreal! Here, canopies of mature trees unfurl with majestic poise, as if to say “welcome home.” Step through the front door and you’ll soon discover there is not a single room in the house that doesn’t embrace the peaceful yet unbounded natural beauty of the estate.
The high-rise buildings that line the Turtle Creek corridor typically fall into two groups: Midcentury designs by icons of architecture, and newer buildings that sport a lot of classical details. But one of my favorite buildings on Turtle Creek falls into a group all its own. It’s the George Dahl-designed Gold Crest, which has such great lines and huge terraces and lots of great floor plans. This building has aged well, and thanks to its prime location on Turtle Creek, this particular unit will have excellent views of another starchitect-designed building: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kalita Humphreys Theater.
To live in a building designed by George Dahl with excellent views of a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? That’s part of what makes this exceptionally stylish Gold Crest studio our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. The other reason we’re in love with this unit is the clean design and beautifully minimalist decor.
Dallas isn’t the only city where historic preservation is tested, as a Frank Lloyd Wright homeowner seeks demolition.
It’s been a bad couple of years for Wright fans, as a medical clinic in Montana was demolished last year and now a progenitor of Wright’s Usonian homes is on the same path. These are pretty rare events. Prior to these two, the last Wright structure torn down was a beach house in Grand Beach, Michigan, back in 2004 and that was the first since 1973.
The cottage at 239 Franklin Road in suburban Glencoe was built in 1913 as a temporary home for Sherman Booth and his wife while Wright built their larger home. Booth was Wright’s lawyer. The home is a modest 1,755-square-foot, three-bedroom with two full and one-half bathroom. Originally, the cottage was just 1,100 square feet, but later owners added a garage and bedrooms. After the main home was built in 1915, the cottage was moved to its current location.
The cottage had been the home of the Rudoff family since 1956 and was listed for sale in 2017 for $1 million with subsequent drops until it hit $599,900 in January 2019 – essentially lot value. After 63 years with the same owner, the home was well lived-in with a lot of updating required. While the sellers had hoped for a conservation-minded buyer, instead they got Jean Jingnan Yang and Justin Jun Lu who quickly filed for a demolition permit after the May 9 closing.
It’s not uncommon to find a midcentury modern, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home that embraces nature — after all, that was pretty much Wright’s forte. And this week’s historical shelter definitely embraces that yen for nature the famous architect’s work inspires.
And even better, it belongs to a SecondShelters.com reader. Pat Wood wrote us this month to tell us about her home — Kittatinny Manor, located along Eastern Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, which is part of the Appalachian mountain range. (more…)
Exploring the history of a 100-year-old house is interesting. Exploring the history of a 105-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright structure leaves “interesting” in the rearview mirror. To begin, Avery Coonley and Queene Ferry-Coonley were both heirs to fortunes, but it was Mrs. Coonley who purchased the 10-acre parcel in Riverside, Illinois, and engaged Wright as architect. Mr. Coonley was said to have been interested in a Georgian-Colonial house. That the estate is called the Avery Coonley House, instead of the Queene Coonley House, reflects the woman’s subordinate role of the era.
The house is actually an estate comprising several buildings totaling over 9,000 square feet. Flashing forward for a second, it’s important to understand that in 1952 the property was in the crosshairs of developer Arnold Skow who wanted to demolish the property and put up 14 ranch homes. A deal was reached to split the main residence in half with a firewall and sell off the gardener’s cottage, stable and playhouse as separate residences. Compared to Wright’s brilliance, the resulting ranch homes have all the majesty of a Taco Bell next to Versailles (one is currently for sale).
Two of Wright’s original compound are currently on the market. To see more, head over to SecondShelters.com.