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. 

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Every stylish lady needs a refreshing makeover from time to time. Grand historic homes are no exception. When the Swiss Avenue Historic District kicks off its weekend-long 46th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour, 5007 Swiss Avenue will be unveiling an elegant new look.

Since sharing the vision for historic home preservation is part of the Swiss Avenue Historic District’s mission, it featured the home in last year’s tour to showcase planning and craftsmanship in-progress. This year, tour-goers will get an up-close-and-personal look at the exquisite results.

The sprawling Italianate-style home was built at the top of Swiss Avenue in 1921 for Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Porter Mason. Mr. Mason owned Mason Engineering Company, and his wife was a Dallas arts benefactress who sponsored tours for famous musicians like Ignacio Paderewski, Jascha Heifetz, Van Clyburn, and Sergei Rachmananoff. Legend has it that Rachmananoff once performed in the home’s music room.

In 1983, another set of owners had the house physical moved from the original site at the corner of Swiss Avenue and Oram to its present address. Since 2011, homeowners Brian Shultz and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Odstrcil, have been making their own history in the home.

The couple initially married while on vacation in Istanbul – one of their favorite places in the world. They later hosted an alfresco Turkish-themed wedding at the house for a few hundred family members, friends, and new Swiss Avenue neighbors.

“Since our families did not join us in Turkey, we surprised them by getting legally married here with a dear friend of mine [who’s a] minister officiating,” Shultz said. “Our families were thrilled, [and] It was an awesome event.”

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The 2019 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour will offer an inside look at the architecture of the grand estates lining Swiss Avenue. (Courtesy Photos)

The Annual Swiss Avenue Historic District Home Tour – commonly called the Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour – is the matriarch of all home tours in Dallas, and rightly so. Swiss Avenue Historic District (SAHD) was Dallas’ first historic district, and Swiss Avenue was the city’s earliest grand neighborhood.

In addition to its designation as an official Dallas Landmark District, Swiss Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the regional level, it is the finest example of an early 20th century neighborhood in the Southwest according to the SAHD. The eclectic mix of architectural styles run the gamut from Mediterranean, Spanish, Spanish Revival, Georgian, and Mission to Prairie, Craftsman, Neoclassical, Italian Renaissance, Tudor, and Colonial Revival.


This year’s tour will showcase five of the era’s most popular styles, including a romantic Spanish Revival; an Italianate Mediterranean Villa; a pristine Mission Revival; a Prairie Foursquare with unique Georgian influences; and a Progressive-Style Prairie Foursquare.

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Our Splurge: 5323 Swiss Avenue is listed by Kay Weeks of Ebby Halliday for $3.7 million.

Don’t let Halloween get you spooked! Tour these Swiss Avenue stunners instead. Two properties. One neighborhood. Drastically different price points. If it weren’t for all the Halloween hub-bub, we’d still think they’re a great buy.

Didn’t you hear? They’re located smack dab in a treasured Dallas enclave that’s known for getting its trick-or-treat on! That’s right. Enter the Swiss Avenue Historic District. The neighborhood with the good candy. The houses that spring for the big bars. Whether you’re all chocolaty goodness or pure vanilla smoothie, these two beauties will take a bite out of your Dallas home search and are the creme de la creme in the neighborhood for the price. Don’t believe us? Enter if you dare. Mwahahahahaha…

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This home at 5017 Swiss Avenue is one of eight that will be featured during this years’s Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.

Mother’s Day weekend once again brings the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.  The annual tradition began in 1974, the same year that the neighborhood was named Dallas’ first residential historic area.

“Dallas has so few historic areas. I think there is a uniqueness to this home tour because there’s so much history involved with it,” Swiss Avenue Historic District representative Bob Cox said.

This year’s event will feature five homes on Swiss Avenue as well as three on Bryan Parkway. Multiple architectural styles will be represented including a French Normandy with Tudor influences, a brick mansion indicative of Louis Sullivan’s Chicago styles, and in Italian-style home currently being renovated.

Matt’s Rancho Martinez will cater a Mother’s Day lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.  The Matt Tolentino Band will perform early 20th century music — the songs that were popular when many of the homes were originally built. There will also be other local performers on Saturday and Sunday as well as horse-drawn carriage rides, a kids’ play area, and more.

“I think one of the neatest things about the tour is that it shows people what urban living can be like,” Cox said. “It allows people to kind of rediscover that it is a very livable and beautiful part of the city.

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An Updated Classic From a Bygone Era on Swiss Avenue Hits the Market | CandysDirt.com

I don’t write a lot about single family homes. So it’s gotta be good when I do.

The word that jumps out about 5105 Swiss Ave. is “original.” For a home built in 1924, that’s an important word. (By the way, I used the evening picture above because of the obvious drama, but it’s winter and the landscaping is asleep. Still, it cuts a pretty stately rug.)

By the numbers, this is a four bedroom home with six full and two half baths rambling across 6,282 square feet. It sits on 0.8 acres, giving it room to breathe and space for most any outdoor frivolities. This house is listed with Sharon Quist from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $1,999,900.  

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I was just alerted to the story WFAA-TV’s Tanya Eiserer ran on the 5 pm news this evening depicting a recent supposedly “noisy music wedding” at Aldredge House. It came on the personal Facebook page of Dallas Observer reporter Jim Schutze.

Here’s the thing: Schutze was at the wedding.

Eiserer said that “loud parties continue and soon will get worse” at Aldredge House — not true. There will be no more weddings. The one in the video was in October and one of only two weddings at the home, owned by the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance, of which I am a member, in two years. Eiserer interviewed the same few neighbors who complained originally. The evidence she used was a two-year old tape (made before the Alliance fired the caterer who got us in this mess) and then “loud wedding music” allegedly from the October wedding in the video, which was made by the next door neighbor, Nick McCune.

Oh and she mis-spelled the name of the DCMSA president, Barenda Hino as Harenda.

What she didn’t say was the music heard on the video was being played a full block from the Aldredge house.

Stanley (Stephanie Stanley, who lives behind the Aldredge House) cited a wedding that was held there one afternoon in the rose garden that ended when a New Orleans-style band marched down the street.

“It was like being at a band practice or a street in New Orleans,” Stanley said.

Hino (Barenda, president of the DCMSA) said it was one of only two weddings allowed at the home in the past two years. She said it was a family that lived nearby and their daughter had always dreamed of a getting married at the Aldredge House. Hino said the band did not start playing until it left the grounds of Aldredge House as the wedding party marched toward the family’s home on Bryant Parkway.

She said they had permission from the residents on Bryant Parkway for the band.

As Schutze says on his FB post, “She didn’t even try to come back to the bit about things being about to get worse. She did not allow the Aldredge house spokesperson to fully rebut the video. This was a hit job planted by a paid flak, and 8 bought it:” (more…)


We love Swiss Avenue. If you live in Dallas, no explanation is necessary. If you just arrived, do yourself a favor and explore this historic street. Take special note of this original, early prairie estate at 4937 Swiss Avenue, because once you’ve discovered the street, you’ll want to live here. We chose this particular home as our Inwood House of the Week because it captures the very essence of Dallas at the turn of the century, and it’s been completely renovated so you can move right in!

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