3525 Turtle Creek #7AB is currently listed by Elly Holder and Gretchen Brasch of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $2.15 million.

When a property this chic comes across your desk, you pay attention, and such was the case when Elly Holder reached out to me for help writing the property romance for her rare-to-market offering in the iconic Howard Meyer designed 3525 Turtle Creek.

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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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It’s funny how my life in Dallas has always had a connection to Northern Hills. Years ago, when we were in our thirties, friends owned a brick bungalow on Cragmont. Then my son became friends with the son of a friend who I had known in college, and she and her husband lived on Cragmont. Little did I know that the times we spent at those homes, I was passing by and probably parking in front of, the future home of one of the greatest architects of our time, Frank D. Welch.

Frank died in June, at the age of 90.

Often called the Dean of Texas Architecture, Welch, much like his mentor O’Neil Ford, explored and expanded a tradition of modernism in Texas’ landscapes, materials, style, and culture.  His many Dallas residences (including that of two dear friends in Preston Hollow) blend warmth with sophistication. They are contemporary buildings that engage with their environments without screaming they are doing it, yet they are clean, crisp, stylish and, like the product of an architectural geniuse, display meticulous attention to detail, obsessive choice of materials (only the best), and an atmosphere of peaceful humanity through spacial design.

You just felt a beautiful peace in a Frank Welch home.

And so it is with his own home, hitting the MLS on September 25.

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