Ward House (2004) on Farquhar Lane – Patron Tour House sponsored by Becky Frey Real Estate Group (Photos: Charles Davis Smith, AIA)

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

We are honored to attribute an entire Preservation Dallas home tour to Frank Welch on October 28.  I was fortunate to meet Frank many many moons ago and develop an alliance with him, as everybody in his life did.  What’s not to like?  He was intriguing, he did not pass up a drink, he had linguistic flair (he cussed, like me) and I enjoyed his colorful observations.  In his later years, I recollect shuttling him around for a project when Frank dropped another classic:

“I have the worst vision, but I can tell you that house is Goddamn ugly.”

Linguistic.

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1545 W. Colorado Blvd. is a stunning Hutsell-designed home with beautiful curves and tons of history.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has always had a mouthful of a name, which was even more cumbersome as an acronym — OOCCL. But that’s all in the past now, as the organization seeks to focus on the area’s heritage — Heritage Oak Cliff, to be exact.

This year’s historic home tour will show off the architectural diversity of Oak Cliff on Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased through the website (which is still ooccl.org for now) as well as  Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumbs (315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville).

Read on to preview this year’s tour homes, which includes the impeccably restored Hutsell-designed mansion perched on a hill at 1545 W. Colorado Blvd.

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Ready to flex your mental muscle and win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s fabulous home tour? Just answer this trivia question and they’re yours.

Question: Who were the architects for Highland Park Village?

The first two correct answers in the comments section will each receive a pair of tickets, courtesy of the Park Cities Historic Preservation Society. You must use a valid email when leaving a comment. Good luck!

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It’s practically an institution in Dallas, an event that brings together families to enjoy one of the city’s favorite neighborhoods. Of course, I’m talking about the Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour, which is a two-day event on Mother’s Day Weekend (May 7-8) with a jazz brunch, an art fair, a free speaker series at the Aldredge House, and plenty of time to stroll down the picturesque streets of this standard-bearing neighborhood. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Brunch is $25 per person.

This year’s tour features some phenomenal homes that really speak to the diversity of architecture in the neighborhood. Not only can you enjoy the classic Prairie-style and Arts & Crafts architecture for which the neighborhood is known, but this year’s tour includes stops at a fabulous Dutch colonial revival and a stand-out two-story manor.

While we can easily fall in love with just about every home in the area, we have a soft spot for 4937 Swiss Avenue, which is owned by Lee and Bryan Jones. This home has gone through such a thoughtful and tremendous restoration that you just have to see to believe! We caught up with the homeowners to see how they’re getting ready for this annual spectacle, and what tour goers have to look forward to when scoping their lovely abode!

Stay tuned to the blog next week as we will be giving away tickets to this fabulous event!

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Everyone I’ve chatted with about this year’s Hollywood Home Tour is tremendously excited about getting a peek inside that cute little blue cottage in Hollywood Heights. If you need reminding, you obviously haven’t been paying attention. Let me help you with that:

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Photos: Kim Leeson

I know, right? Too cute for words. That’s Kelly and Tom Hoffmann’s sweet little abode on Santa Monica, and if you think it’s adorable from the street, just wait until you see inside!

Now, if you want to get a closer look, just go ahead and snag your tickets to the 25th annual Hollywood Home Tour, which is set for April 30-May 1. They’re only $15 and available at Curiosities at Abrams and Gaston or at Lindsley Park on the day of the tour.

Additionally, there’s an auction party 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Dallas Arboretum. Enjoy food, drinks, live music, and the opportunity to bid on a fantastic collection of locally sourced items all while overlooking White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline. Tickets for the party are $65 until Wednesday, April 20, and $75 from April 21 to 25. Reserved tables for 10 are available for $600. Don’t miss out — buy your tickets here.

Take a break from the home tour on Sunday for the free, family-friendly Hollywood Art in the Park in Lindsley Park from noon to 5 p.m. Art in the Park will feature local and regional artists and artisans offering an assortment of art and handmade goods. The event will also feature food trucks, children’s activities, and performances by local musicians.

Jump to find out more about Kelly and Tom and their super sweet Santa Monica home!

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The home at 4626 Dorset Rd. is one of 11 marvelous properties on the Ebby Halliday Home Tour this Sunday. This home is open from 2-4 p.m.

In the pantheon of tony Dallas neighborhoods, Preston Hollow stands out as one of the most beloved. It features tree-lined streets, a variety of architecturally significant homes, and easy access to well-known public and private schools. In addition, Preston Hollow is only minutes from both the central business and arts districts.

Many famous Dallasites make their homes here, such as President George W. Bush, Mark Cuban, Andy Beal, and former mayor Laura Miller.

“Part of the draw is the stunning collection of properties in Preston Hollow, from ultra-luxury Mediterraneans to chic clean-lined contemporary homes,” said Keith Newman, sales manager at Ebby Halliday’s Little White House. “Buyers have such a range of options here, and they’re high-end properties with a lot of stand-out amenities.”

Ebby Halliday Realtors is pleased to have the opportunity to show 11 incredible Preston Hollow homes on the market now. To showcase these standout properties, the Preston Center office and Ebby’s Little White House have created a home tour Sunday for the public.

“Ebby Halliday knows Preston Hollow and we’ve collaborated for decades with homeowners there to feature their properties in the best light and bring in lots of interested buyers,” said Ginger Gill, sales manager for Ebby’s Preston Center Office. “For buyers, our associates offer extensive expertise of the neighborhood—they know Preston Hollow intimately and can share that knowledge with them.”

Home tour times are staggered between 1 and 5 p.m. so buyers have the most time to visit these stunning properties.

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The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Home Tour will feature this fully restored colonial revival on Bryn Mawr.

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Home Tour will feature this fully restored colonial revival on Bryn Mawr.

There are four home tours this weekend. I know, our brains just exploded at the thought, too.

The Fort Worth AIA Homes Tour runs both April 9 and 10 from noon to 6 p.m., the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA home tour is slated for 9 a.m. to noon on April 9, the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s Home Tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9, and the Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes is April 10 from noon to 5 p.m.

Whew! That’s a lot of home touring action to soak in.

The Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA Home Tour will feature two homes inside Urban Reserve, including this modern by Russell Buchanan.

The Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA Home Tour will feature two homes inside Urban Reserve, including this modern by Russell Buchanan.

While each tour offers something a little different, we here at CandysDirt.com want to give our readers a chance to check out as many of these amazing homes as possible. I mean, there’s no other tour that include some of the most desirable high-rises in Dallas like the TCA Tour of Homes, but maybe that’s not your speed. There are plenty more options!

Jump to find out how to enter to win a pair of passes to either the LHAECPTA Home Tour, the PCHPS Home Tour, or the TCA Tour of Homes!

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The metal exterior and bright orange boxes might make you think that this home at 16 Vanguard Way is a super-industrial, sterile design inside. Nothing could be further from the truth, actually.

This home, with its corrugated metal, wall of glass doors, and cantilevered shape designed by A. GRUPPO Architects will turn your conceptions of modern architecture on its head. And it’s just one of the five incredible homes on the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA Home Tour.

The modern home at 16 Vanguard Way is one of two Urban Reserve, with the second one being the Russell Buchanan-designed 29 Vanguard Way. Buchanan is known for his innovative use of industrial materials, and I’m sure this big red box will be full of surprises.

You can check these two beauties out on April 9 from 9 a.m.to noon and then head out to the Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes, which starts at 1 p.m.

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