Tours of the 1912 Turner House will be offered at a special event this week, a 2.3 million-square-foot industrial facility changes hands in West Dallas, Dickies Arena is set to open in Fort Worth, the Texas Real Estate Commission names its top investigator, the Dallas Builders Show offers opportunities for youth, and Staging to Sell class is set for next week, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.


Turner House History Tour Set Nov. 12

Take a tour and learn about the impressive history of the 1912 Turner House at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The site at 401 North Rosemont Ave., Dallas, “has an incredible history tied to the early days of Oak Cliff and the development of Winnetka Heights in 1908 by John Phillip Blake, Leslie A. Stemmons, Thomas S. Miller, and Roman S. Waldron,” according to a press release issued by Preservation Dallas.

An exterior renovation of the house recently was completed by the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, which owns the home and uses it for events. Tours will be available after the history presentation.

Register for the event here. 



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.


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.



Be The Difference Foundation founders at the Wheel to Survive fundraising event. The nonprofit that focuses on ovarian cancer is just one North Texas organization accepting donations during the Sept. 19 North Texas Giving Day event.

If there’s one word that can define the North Texas real estate community, it’s “generous.” And when one of this community’s own needs support, you can expect a response that will blow you out of the water.

That’s what Julie Shrell discovered when she founded the Be The Difference Foundation in 2012 with Lynn Lentscher, Jill Bach, and Helen Gardner. Lentscher and Shrell met through the MetroTex Leadership Academy, as Lentscher works in title and Shrell is a lending expert.

“Many of our supporters are our real estate friends,” Shrell said. “We have been the beneficiary of fundraisers by MetroTex Association of Realtors and Dallas Women’s Council of Realtors.  Not only have they participated with funds, but they have helped us with publicity by creating a video for us, helped us spread the word about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by painting toes teal, and by riding in Wheel to Survive.”

The real estate community has continued to show up, too. The first-ever Runway for Hope benefiting the Be The Difference Foundation is sold out. The Sept. 26 luncheon features fashions from Dallas’ uber-luxe retailers, with all of the models strutting the catwalk being ovarian cancer survivors ranging in age from their mid-20s to their 80s. 

“This disease knows no boundaries,” Shrell added.

However, the North Texas real estate community has few limitations, too.

“As a matter of fact, our photographer at this event is Nancy Holzwarth with Real Estate and Friends Magazine,” Shrell said. “We have been honored by the love of the real estate community!”

And the Be The Difference Foundation is just one nonprofit in North Texas that is near and dear to the hearts of Realtors and worth supporting during tomorrow’s North Texas Giving Day presented by Communities Foundation of Texas.

Ready to get up and give? Click here to contribute to Be The Difference Foundation. Plus, here are a few more nonprofits that are favorites with our readers:


Writer Paula Bosse and her social media brainchild, Flashback: Dallas, are 2019 recipients of the Preservation Education Award, which was presented by Preservation Dallas at its 20th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards.

No one is more deserving of this recognition. As a lifelong Dallas resident and history junkie, Bosse brilliantly developed her own eclectic brand for sharing local lore by launching her Flashback: Dallas blog in 2014. Consequently, she is continually raising awareness of regional history.

“Last time I checked the numbers, I had over 10,000 followers across various social media platforms and had surpassed 1 million page views of the blog,” Bosse said. “Those might not be earthshaking numbers in terms of internet-reach, but it’s pretty amazing to me. Who would have thought that many people would be interested in what is, let’s face it, a fairly esoteric topic?”

Presentation is everything. Despite Bosse’s well-researched and cited work, there is nothing esoteric about her writings. Between her conversational writing style, storytelling talent, and often quirky humor, Bosse has the innate ability to make history informative-yet-entertaining to a vast reading audience.

Bosse paints history with a broad brush. In the past five years, she has published about 1,000 online articles covering a wide scope of historical topics – ranging from buildings, businesses, and events to people, houses, and neighborhoods.

“Really, if it’s somehow related to Dallas and it happened before the 1970s, [which is] my arbitrary cut-off time period, it’s something I might write about,” Bosse said.


History ran deep in Jack and Kate LaGere’s 1928 Park Cities Tudor. For Kate, an art history major, the home’s past ran even deeper.

Though the couple wasn’t purposely house hunting when they spotted the “For Sale” sign in the yard, they had discussed purchasing a historic home and knew exactly what they wanted. Aside from a nearby elementary school and park for their three young children, the LaGeres envisioned their historic dream home as a place they could preserve and restore to accommodate their art collection and family’s modern lifestyle.

Since the Tudor was across the street from Kate’s old elementary school, the location was ideal. After seeing the sprawling interior of the house and engaging their imaginations, they checked preservation and restoration off their wish list and embarked on their journey.


During this year’s Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, the Aldredge House – the Grand Dame of the Swiss Avenue Historic District – will open its doors at 5500 Swiss Avenue and host a free and open to the public speaker series sponsored by Friends of Aldredge House.

Slated for Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, scheduled talks will cover a wide range of topics, including antique cars, family heirlooms, historic homes, and preservation, as well as native greenery. 

The speaker series is just one of the activities on offer during the weekend-long Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. 


Dilbeck midcentury modernThis quintessential Charles Dilbeck Midcentury Modern in Russwod Acres is going to take your breath away. Wait, what did I say? Dilbeck and Midcentury Modern. Do those two terms even go together?

Yes, indeed they do, but rarely.

Dilbeck midcentury modern

A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hallmark of Dilbeck, anchors the house and provides the focal point of the living area. A drop-down screen is tucked over the artwork.

We generally think of architect Charles Dilbeck as the eclectic dude that was inspired by Tom Mix (look him up, my Millennials) to create whimsical homes with stained glass, iron gates, and fanciful details. Hold that thought. He also created a few Midcentury Modern masterpieces. This Dilbeck Midcentury Modern at 5016 Tanbark is one of the most striking examples I’ve ever seen. (more…)