Jenna Bush Hager is, of course, one of the darling fraternal twin daughters of former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush. Even though she lives and works in New York City, we kind of still think of her as a Dallas gal, right? I will always remember the twins from their stint at The Hockaday School, before their dad became governor of Texas and the family moved to Austin.

Now grown and prolific women in their own right, Jenna and her twin, Barbara, have (among other amazing things) written a terrific book called Sisters First: Stories From Our Wild & Wonderful Life. The twins teased the book here in late February at a gala event for 4Word, an organization that connects, leads and supports women in the workplace. (4Word was founded by women in commercial real estate — stay tuned.)

In their book, Jenna and Barbara, each named after their grandmothers, and each thrust into the public eye just as they landed in college, discuss the valleys and peaks of carrying the Bush surname. They reflect on their “way normal” upbringing in Midland, Texas, where their maternal grandfather was a home builder, to stories from White House life; how they thought everyone’s grandfathers had presidential inaugurations; where they were and what happened on 9/11; life with the Secret Service; Jenna bemoaning the loss of anonymity as a charter school teacher during her father’s term, and Barbara telling us how her dad texts her daily, and cheered her through a recent break-up.

Jenna is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living. She is also the author of The New York Times best seller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin American in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. 

Jenna will be in Dallas April 11, as featured speaker at the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, which is heavy on real estate this year. Lucinda Buford, Realtor extraordinaire at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, is president of PCHPS. Allie Beth Allman & Associates is presenting sponsor. Capital Distributing, Lucinda Buford and Tessa Mosteller, and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, are home sponsors, and Highland Park Village, William Briggs Architect, Venise and Larry Stuart are Legacy Sponsors. 

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Gail and R. Gerald Turner, president of SMU, were named this year’s honorary chairs of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s fundraisers.

It’s a banner year for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. The group, whose mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities, just announced its spring events, which begin on Wednesday, April 11, with the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring Jenna Bush Hager as the speaker, chaired by Tish Key at the Brook Hollow Golf Club. The home tour follows on April 14, highlighting five beautiful and historic Park Cities homes. The events close with a free and open to the public classic and antique car show on April 21 at Burleson Park. 

Additionally, Gail and R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University, were named as honorary chairs of the annual fundraisers, which help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives, and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture, history or preservation.

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christmas gifts

Stumped for last-minute gift ideas for someone on Santa’s nice list? Why not consider a membership or donation to a North Texas nonprofit in their name? It’s a thoughtful alternative to yet another gift that might sit unused or unappreciated.

Here are a few of our favorites related to Dallas history, preservation, housing, and architecture.

 

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North Texas Giving Day

If you’ve thought about giving to a nonprofit, there is no better day than tomorrow.

North Texas Giving Day is an online fundraising event that makes it easy for people to donate to a variety of North Texas nonprofits in one day. Last year, they raised a record $33.1 million for 2,020 organizations. This year, more than 2,500 area nonprofits have registered with the Communities Foundation of Texas, which founded the event in 2009.

Part of what makes this event special is the matching funds: This year, there are $25 million to match or partially match many of the donations made tomorrow. That means your dollars go further to help out some truly wonderful nonprofits in the local work they do.

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Katherine Seale

Katherine Seale

Katherine Seale

One of Dallas’ great advocates for historic preservation is slated to speak at the fifth annual Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) Distinguished Speaker Luncheon. Seale will be speaking on Historic Preservation in the Context of Change.

Seale is an architectural historian and preservationist in Dallas who served as executive director of Preservation Dallas from 2007 until 2011. Currently, she is Mayor Mike Rawlings’ appointee and chair of the Dallas Landmarks Commission.

She also serves as chairman to the Downtown Preservation Solutions Committee under the City Manager’s office. Comprised of downtown developers as well as representatives from preservation, planning, architecture, and landscape architecture, their charge is to use historic preservation efforts to influence and facilitate change in downtown to accomplish the larger goals of the city.

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Bryn Mawr Ext

This 1936 Colonial revival on Bryn Mawr was taken to the studs and brought back to its former glory with the hard work and attention to detail from Pritchett – IV. It will be on the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Home Tour this weekend.

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society puts on a can’t-miss tour every time, featuring some of the best-preserved homes throughout Highland Park and University Park. But sometimes a restoration becomes so much more than just fixing up an old house. Sometimes a restoration is more about celebrating craftsmanship and history.

That’s what Patty and Price Pritchett have done with 3432 Bryn Mawr. They took a home that would have otherwise been considered a teardown and lovingly poured the resources into it to make it the stunning colonial revival it is today. It has such presence on the lot, with its stately columns and bright white facade. Inside, the home is cozy and refined, with gorgeous hardwood floors and custom fixtures.

We wanted to know more, of course, so we picked homeowner Price Pritchett’s brain about what went into this home’s restoration. If you want to see it in person, be sure to buy your tickets to the April 9 home tour today, as online sales end tomorrow, April 6!

Of course, if you’re feeling lucky, we’ll host a ticket giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned for your chance to win!

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3808 Turtle Creek Side view

Yet another Dallas home is headed for the auction block, as the incredible Les Jardins estate designed by Anton F. Korn Jr. is slated to be sold to the highest bidder on April 24. The estate, listed by Keith Conlon of the Matthews-Nichols group at Allie Beth Allman, will be auctioned by Concierge Auctions of New York.

This home is an incredible meld of old and new, set in a private, garden-like curve of Turtle Creek. Initially listed for $4.25 million, this home will be auctioned with no reserve.

3808 Turtle Creek entry 3808 Turtle Creek formal living 3808 Turtle Creek formal dining

Of course, we hope that this auction goes off without a hitch unlike the failed closing of Austin’s Casa Santuario, in which owner Kimberly Granger allegedly chose to no-show, according to the Austin Business Journal. Concierge is now suing Granger for lost commission and damages.

Let’s not let that spoil this incredible home, which has four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, more than 6,300 square feet, and is a veritable jewel box of details that the discerning buyer will appreciate. Originally built in 1925, the home is one of the most sterling examples of English Tudor architecture from Korn, who designed several mansions in Highland Park, most notably the 1917 estate of Hugh Prather at 4700 Preston Road, one of the town’s founders. Now owned by Harlan Crow, the home received historic designation by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.

3808 Turtle Creek office 3808 Turtle Creek Library

But 3808 Turtle Creek is a bird of another feather, but just as beautiful. This home has been extensively updated with several amenities that luxury homebuyers demand and some they didn’t even know they couldn’t live without. But the transition between new and old is seamless, with stained glass windows shedding dappled light on the library, and outside which you can see the tall buildings of Uptown rise beyond the brick walls of the estate.

3808 Turtle Creek Kitchen 3808 Turtle Creek Dining

In the kitchen you’ll find marble counters and backsplash, a huge island, an immense stainless steel range with double ovens, and pristine cabinetry. The bright and modern accommodations are only juxtaposed with the exposed beams, showing the home’s history and age amid the luxurious materials and open design. In the dining areas and throughout the home, the crystal chandeliers and stained glass pendant lights shine like gemstones.

3808 Turtle Creek master bedroom 3808 Turtle Creek Master Bath

The master is immense and features a lofty ceiling with an exposed bowstring truss. I love that there was no attempt to cover that architectural element, which gives the room a modern-industrial feel, quite the antithesis of the carved wood fireplace. The master bath is luxurious with a generous soaking tub and free-standing shower. There’s tons of storage, too, which you’ll need for all the towels and robes you’ll do while you basically live in here for four hours out of the day because you can.

 

The home has three living areas, two dining areas, three fireplaces, and an incredible pool. The estate overlooks Turtle Creek, a sought-after location and a tributary upon which you’ll find even more incredible architecture such as Robert Edsel’s incredible Turtle Creek estate Bellosguardo.

3808 Turtle Creek Conservatory 3808 Turtle Creek Deck

While this home may not have a blue-tiled roof, it does have a gorgeous conservatory that looks like it would be heaven during winter. You’ll also love the deck, which is poised upon a porte cochere. I wonder what the views at night look like from that vantage!

This is an incredible estate and a unique opportunity! I can’t wait to see what happens at auction on April 24!

3808 Turtle Creek Front

3808 Turtle Creek Side view

Yet another Dallas home is headed for the auction block, as the incredible Les Jardins estate designed by Anton F. Korn Jr. is slated to be sold to the highest bidder on April 24. The estate, listed by Keith Conlon of the Mathews-Nichols group at Allie Beth Allman, will be auctioned by Concierge Auctions of New York.

This home is an incredible meld of old and new, set in a private, garden-like curve of Turtle Creek. Initially listed for $4.25 million, this home will be auctioned with no reserve.

3808 Turtle Creek entry 3808 Turtle Creek formal living 3808 Turtle Creek formal dining

Of course, we hope that this auction goes off without a hitch unlike the failed closing of Austin’s Casa Santuario, in which owner Kimberly Granger allegedly chose to no-show, according to the Austin Business Journal. Concierge is now suing Granger for lost commission and damages.

Let’s not let that spoil this incredible home, which has four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, more than 6,300 square feet, and is a veritable jewel box of details that the discerning buyer will appreciate. Originally built in 1925, the home is one of the most sterling examples of English Tudor architecture from Korn, who designed several mansions in Highland Park, most notably the 1917 estate of Hugh Prather at 4700 Preston Road, one of the town’s founders. Now owned by Harlan Crow, the home received historic designation by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.

3808 Turtle Creek office 3808 Turtle Creek Library

But 3808 Turtle Creek is a bird of another feather, but just as beautiful. This home has been extensively updated with several amenities that luxury homebuyers demand and some they didn’t even know they couldn’t live without. But the transition between new and old is seamless, with stained glass windows shedding dappled light on the library, and outside which you can see the tall buildings of Uptown rise beyond the brick walls of the estate.

3808 Turtle Creek Kitchen 3808 Turtle Creek Dining

In the kitchen you’ll find marble counters and backsplash, a huge island, an immense stainless steel range with double ovens, and pristine cabinetry. The bright and modern accommodations are only juxtaposed with the exposed beams, showing the home’s history and age amid the luxurious materials and open design. In the dining areas and throughout the home, the crystal chandeliers and stained glass pendant lights shine like gemstones.

3808 Turtle Creek master bedroom 3808 Turtle Creek Master Bath

The master is immense and features a lofty ceiling with an exposed bowstring truss. I love that there was no attempt to cover that architectural element, which gives the room a modern-industrial feel, quite the antithesis of the carved wood fireplace. The master bath is luxurious with a generous soaking tub and free-standing shower. There’s tons of storage, too, which you’ll need for all the towels and robes you’ll do while you basically live in here for four hours out of the day because you can.

 

The home has three living areas, two dining areas, three fireplaces, and an incredible pool. The estate overlooks Turtle Creek, a sought-after location and a tributary upon which you’ll find even more incredible architecture such as Robert Edsel’s incredible Turtle Creek estate Bellosguardo.

3808 Turtle Creek Conservatory 3808 Turtle Creek Deck

While this home may not have a blue-tiled roof, it does have a gorgeous conservatory that looks like it would be heaven during winter. You’ll also love the deck, which is poised upon a porte cochere. I wonder what the views at night look like from that vantage!

This is an incredible estate and a unique opportunity! I can’t wait to see what happens at auction on April 24!

3808 Turtle Creek Front