Why is it that some architecturally and historically significant homes stand the test of time, as if they were ageless vessels of grace?
A case study might well be 4209 Bordeaux — primo Highland Park dirt, a Tudor mansion that goes light on the steepness of the pitched gable roofs, got a bit playful (but not obsessive) with masonry on the chimneys, embellished doorways, grouped windows, but used a light hand on decorative half-timbering — all hallmarks of great Tudor design.
Perhaps it has to do, too, with those who have had a hand in the home’s upbringing. This one was designed by Dallas master architect Hal Thomson, and has had a succession of improvements by reputable craftsmen all done sensitively, tastefully, with respect to the original vision of Thomson.
“It’s more a Tudor-inspired design,” says Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Ralph Randall. “It doesn’t have the heavy cross timbers you usually see. The home is mainly a beautiful, classic red brick with a Tudor influence, which I think has really helped keep it clean over the test of time. It’s a horizontal house that gets natural light from all sides.”
Like we say about so many of his designs, the home looks as if it were custom made for the large 140- by 195-foot lot.