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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 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

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

Taylor Armstrong, Harlan Crow, Lucy and Henry Billingsley and Pierce Allman (Photo: Jake Dean)

The Crow Family has deep roots in Dallas and the Park Cities, so I’m not necessarily surprised that three of the family’s Park Cities abodes were dedicated as landmarks by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society this month.

Henry and Lucy Crow Billingsley’s 6701 Turtle Creek Boulevard abode was designated a landmark due to its architectural significance. The home, which is one of the state’s best examples of a 1920s French Norman manor, was designed by Herbert M. Greene LaRoche & Dahl for banker Everette Owens and his wife, Cecille, in University Park’s Volk Estates development.

The home of Margaret Crow, widow of Trammel Crow, was deemed historical as well. The house, which is located at 4500 Preston Road in Highland Park, is the site of one of the first residences in the area. The C.D. Hill-designed home was completed in 1912 for Edgar Flippen. Just a couple of years prior, Hill designed the Mt. Vernon mansion at 4800 Preston. He also designed the Beaux-Arts Dallas City Hall at Harwood and Main, First Presbyterian Church, and Oak Lawn Methodist Church.

And showing that historic homes don’t have to be outdated, Harlan Crow’s home at 4700 Preston Road received landmark designation for renovation excellence. The house, originally built for Hugh Prather in 1917, is one of several fine homes in Highland Park designed by Anton F. Korn Jr.