Ford midcentury modern

Photos: Steven Reed Photography

Want to catch lightning in a bottle? You have the rare opportunity to buy an O’Neil Ford Midcentury Modern that just hit MLS. If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times: When you have a chance to buy an architect-designed home, do it!

Preservation Dallas deemed the home to be one of O’Neil Ford’s most important designs in Texas. So, with that stamp of approval, you cannot go wrong. First, a primer on O’Neil Ford:

O’Neil Ford is widely recognized as one of Texas’ most celebrated 20th-century architects. He designed most of the University of Dallas campus in Irving; Braniff Memorial Tower, the Braniff Graduate Center, the Gorman Lecture Center, parts of the art village, the Haggar University Center, and the Haggerty Science Building. San Antonio, his home base, is covered in his work: the renovation of La Villita, the campus of Trinity University, the campus of Saint Mary’s Hall, the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus, and the Tower of the Americas.

He also created buildings for Skidmore College in upstate New York and for Texas Instruments. O’Neil Ford completed the design of the building of the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country, shortly before his death in 1982. His sturdy structures always utilized brick, glass, and wood, and were brilliantly attuned to their physical settings.

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Midway Hills Ranch

You can’t tell a book by its cover, so if you think you know what’s behind the doors of this Midway Hills ranch home, I’ll place a bet you’re wrong. This 2,716-square-foot traditional ranch, at 3880 Whitehall Drive, was the American dream in 1962 when it was a custom build for some lucky homeowner.

Midway Hills Ranch

It passed through several hands over the years including Hugh Mullins. Mullins, you may remember, if you’ve been here a spell, flew through CEO positions at St. Johns Knits and Neiman’s before landing at the preppie paradise, Harold’s, now long gone, but never forgotten.

This Midway Hills ranch was Mullins bachelor pad after a divorce and rumor has it the bathroom is so large because he had a tanning bed installed. Move over George Hamilton! But we know he fell for this baby for the same reason everyone does, there’s a big, beautiful surprise when you step through those candy apple red front doors.

Midway Hills Ranch

There is a 1,100-square-foot architect-designed screened room with cathedral ceilings that opens off the family room. It overlooks a sparkling pool and backyard oasis reminiscent of Palm Springs.

“It’s tremendous,” the seller said. “It’s the size of an apartment. You could never dream up a space like this. Even if it is raining, you can sit back there and enjoy it and watch a thunderstorm.”

We’ve included a few photos of what this Midway Hills ranch looked like when the present owners purchased it, to show you how little these great homes need to bring them up to speed. Of course, it helps when you have homebuyers in creative industries, like our sellers. (more…)

open houses in dallas

The Lakewood Texas Hill Country-style home at 6859 Avalon Ave. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every week, we bring you the lowdown on open houses in Dallas you’ve got to see. The CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column has been going strong for over a year, and we’ve served up real eye candy for you.

This week, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve found five fabulous properties in Dallas. We’ve got a Texas Hill Country home in Lakewood, a picture-perfect cottage in Kessler Park, a luxe Mediterranean condo with rooftop deck near downtown, and more.

 

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