The Candlelight Christmas home tour in Ryan Place celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

From Staff Reports

The 35th Anniversary Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 5 p.m.  This self-paced walking tour will feature five beautiful homes dating back to 1915, and tour patrons will be greeted by docents at each home who will highlight unique features.  You will learn about the history of the homes, hear the fascinating stories of previous owners, and be able to admire the spectacular décor and architectural design as you stroll through one of Fort Worth’s finest historic neighborhoods!

This year’s five stunning homes will have something to offer for everyone’s taste. 

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This Palm Springs Modern was badly damaged in the Oct. 20 tornado and was pulled from the Perservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour.

Two upcoming Dallas home tours will have to close properties from tour-goers due to damage from Sunday’s tornadoes. One tragic loss was to be a highlight of this weekend’s Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural tour. The other is a striking modern by M Gooden Design that was to host the VIP event at the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes on Nov. 2-3. 

According to David Preziosi of Preservation Dallas, the Palm Springs-style Crownrich House sustained significant damage from the storm.

“Very sad about the damage to such a unique house!” Preziosi said.

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By David Preziosi, Preservation Dallas
Special Contributor

You’ve probably passed by this house a thousand times and wondered what it was like inside. The 1965 Shwiff house commands the corner of Yamini and Chicot with its series of white segmental-arched vaulted clerestory roofs reaching out in all directions.

The house is a standout, and not just because of the distinctive roofline, though it is one of the home’s main hallmarks.

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The McDermott House is one of five modern masterpieces on the Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour on Oct. 26. 

By Carol Roark, Preservation Dallas
Special Contributor

In July 1953 Margaret and Eugene McDermott bought a property across the street from Highland Park Town Hall. Befitting his status as the Chairman of Texas Instruments, the couple needed a residence that could not only house their family, but offer space for them to entertain. 

Landscape architects Marie and Arthur Berger, who were formulating plans for the property, suggested that the McDermotts use architect Scott Lyons to design their home. Lyons had, with his mentor and partner O’Neil Ford, designed a house for the Bergers in 1952. 

Scott Lyons’ plans for the McDermotts spoke to their appreciation of color as well as to their insistence on elegance and quality.

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Heritage Oak Cliff announced the 10 homes that will make up the 2019 home tour on Monday evening. (Photo courtesy Heritage Oak Cliff)

After 44 years, Heritage Oak Cliff knows how to gin up some excitement for a 45th home tour — you have a party to debut the latest 10 homes to join the ranks, and celebrate that there are 10 more homes from diverse neighborhoods to showcase in a city that can be a bit bulldozer-friendly.

And that’s just what HOC did Monday, announcing the 10 homes that will become the 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20. Ticket prices are $15 to $20.

This year’s 10 homes showcase a variety of architectural styles. Check out this year’s homes on our handy interactive map: (more…)

From staff reports

Ask anyone who has been in Dallas for a while and they’ll tell you: If you’re a fan of home tours, the one hosted by Heritage Oak Cliff — the longest-running one in the city — should be on your list.

And the organization just announced the dates for its 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20th.  (more…)

Photo: Rick Davis/Flux Media

Back at the turn of the millennium, the City of Dallas adopted our time-of-day watering restrictions in an effort to curb the incredible amount of water that irrigates Dallas lawns and landscapes. Since 2001, through education and smart watering restrictions, Dallas has conserved 398 billion gallons of water, cutting gallons per capita per day consumption by 30 percent. However, there’s still room for improvement, and the 25th annual City of Dallas Water Utilities Water Wise Landscape Tour is just the kind of inspiration we need to make better choices for our homes and Dallas’ future. 

Conserving water by smart landscaping has come a long day since the era of gravel, yucca, and cactus. Not all water-wise landscapes have to look like a desert! Do you have a landscape that looks incredible without requiring a big gulp of water when the temperatures climb? Have you installed rainwater recapture systems to keep your grass green without draining Lake Lavon? Want to show it off? Find out how to submit your home for the 25th annual Water Wise Landscape Tour now. The deadline to submit is Aug. 9!

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waxahachieWe’ve told you all about the fantastic Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes in Waxahachie. In its 51st year, one could say that the tour of Waxahachie’s historic homes is a must-do for any Texan — newly minted or born here.

Tourgoers can check out Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, Romanesque, and Greek Revival styles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, as well as public tours of the historic Ellis County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday only during Gingerbread Trail tour.

Located off Interstate 35, Waxahachie is only 35 minutes south of Dallas and Fort Worth.

And one lucky CandysDirt.com reader will win tickets to this home tour — keep reading for more! (more…)