Thomson Tudor

Why is it that some architecturally and historically significant homes stand the test of time, as if they were ageless vessels of grace?

A case study might well be 4209 Bordeaux — primo Highland Park dirt, a Tudor mansion that goes light on the steepness of the pitched gable roofs, got a bit playful (but not obsessive) with masonry on the chimneys, embellished doorways, grouped windows, but used a light hand on decorative half-timbering — all hallmarks of great Tudor design.

Perhaps it has to do, too, with those who have had a hand in the home’s upbringing. This one was designed by Dallas master architect Hal Thomson, and has had a succession of improvements by reputable craftsmen all done sensitively, tastefully, with respect to the original vision of Thomson.

“It’s more a Tudor-inspired design,” says Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Ralph Randall. “It doesn’t have the heavy cross timbers you usually see. The home is mainly a beautiful, classic red brick with a Tudor influence, which I think has really helped keep it clean over the test of time. It’s a horizontal house that gets natural light from all sides.”

Like we say about so many of his designs, the home looks as if it were custom made for the large 140- by 195-foot lot.
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This story has been updated to include the new reserve and the extended auction.

Now this is the big league way to market a luxury home: hop aboard a King Air 350 at Love Field’s Business Jet Center, soar up over Dallas, land in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, 18 minutes later and hop into an SUV waiting right inside the hangar.

That is exactly how we traveled to tour the magnificent 18,327-square-foot estate of the late Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim and his wife, Patty, who passed late last year. The Pilgrims’ three children knew that selling such a highly specialized estate built on Bo’s chicken fortune — 43-plus acres more than 120 miles east of Dallas — would be a challenge. So they opted to do what more and more owners of luxury homes are doing these days: put it up for auction.

In fact, the online auction of Cluckingham Palace (more on the name later!) began Tuesday night and goes on until October 25. There is now a reserve of $2,999,999. So you have plenty of time to bid!

The Pilgrim estate at 800 South Greer Boulevard is on the main road to Pittsburg. The mansion has six bedrooms, 10 and a half baths, exercise room, formals, quarters, media room, and chickens etched in every corner. There’s also a huge indoor swimming pool and spa that was patterned after the famous Greenbrier Spa in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“Mrs. Pilgrim visited the Greenbrier and phoned Richard Drummond Davis from the spa that she wanted their indoor pool to look just like the Greenbrier’s,” says listing agent Kyle Crews with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Drummond Davis designed the home, built by Steve Thornton for an estimated $15 million, in 1992-1993. The mansion and grounds are now valued at more than $8 million.

The heavily wooded grounds include trails, statues, smooth green fields beckoning a soccer game or a horse hunt, and a pond brimming with fish.

And so we travelled the way Mrs. Pilgrim did whenever she came into Dallas to shop at Neimans or Northpark: by private jet.

From left: Terri Cox, Susan Baldwin, Mark Cain, Juli Harrison, Kyle Crews, Allie Beth Allman, Ralph Randall, Candy Evans, Joe Kobell, and Sanders Avrea

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Readers of CandysDirt.com know a classic when they see one, and this stunning, time-honored design from architect Larry E. Boerder is definitely a classic. In fact, after much debate amongst our staff, we’re calling this Highland Park red brick beauty at 3821 Shenandoah a Classic Revival, but if you have an opinion, be sure to share it with us in the comments.

What isn’t up for debate is that this home is the picture of style and grace, easily making this Highland Park Classic Revival our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a private listing from Ralph Randall and Kyle Baugh of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty that speaks to refined tastes and would look incredible done up for the holidays. 

The home is flush with beautiful details that are impossible to ignore. The foyer features perfect mouldings and millwork framing a sweeping staircase. Arched doorways offer elegance, while warm hardwood floors add contrast to the modern, neutral color palette. It’s just a taste of the incredible traditional design elements that you’ll find in every room of this Highland Park Classic Revival. 

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SimonsonByron Simonson wasn’t as well known as the holy trinity of architectural mentors he could draw inspiration from, but the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright, Addison Mizner, and Maurice Fatio are still seen in the original midcentury modern abodes that dot Palm Beach — and in today’s Monday Morning Millionaire found right here in Dallas.

The bulk of Simonson’s portfolio can be found in Palm Beach — the Colony Hotel is his design, as was the former La Coquille Club in Manalapan before it was torn down to make for a Ritz-Carlton. (more…)

modern TudorHow do you make a classic 1926 home suitable for a 2018 lifestyle? This modern Tudor at 3824 Shenandoah Street in Highland Park is the answer. I’ve seen a lot of updated and remodeled vintage homes that bear no characteristics of their heritage. Fortunately, this is not the case for our Monday Morning Millionaire. (more…)

Greek Revival
If you have been in Dallas for a while, you know this Greek Revival mansion, and you certainly know the name, Rita Crocker Clements. Newcomers might need a small history lesson, so let’s begin. Rita was a smart, strong, savvy, sophisticated woman that never forgot her ranching family roots. She was an active volunteer not only in politics but also in her community. To say she was a mover and a shaker is to put it mildly. (more…)

Italian Renaissance Revival

When you feature luxurious multi-million-dollar homes each week over the course of several years, once in a while, they come back on the market. Rarely, but it happens, and this is one such instance. This Italian Renaissance Revival has only had three owners, and it’s a perfect home in a perfect location.

The one-of-a-kind property at 3821 Beverly Dr. was listed only a few days ago by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Caroline Summers for $10.95 million, and it’s worth every penny. 

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Striking Brookshire Park Contemporary Soars in Our Dallas Open Houses Roundup | CandysDirt.com

It’s time for our weekly Dallas open house roundup and we’ve found three you shouldn’t miss! 

Every Thursday, we scour the listings to create this CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week post. This week, our houses range in price from $398K to $729K. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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