Luxury WarehouseTurning commercial warehouses into luxury residential living spaces has been happening in New York and Miami for years. Although Dallas has trailed behind in the luxury warehouse department, it’s finally arrived. Now some of the most incredible homes you could ever imagine are renovated warehouses in the Design District.

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Dallas is experiencing phenomenal inner city growth. Neighborhoods like Oak Cliff, the Trinity River Corridor, Deep Ellum, Ross Avenue, and the Design District are seeing urban infill like never before, showing up in all scales and types.

inner city growth

Robert Meckfessel, FAIA

These changes are remaking the city and opening up new opportunities for residents and businesses alike. But when we look at housing, retail, restaurants, office, and streetscapes, what are the traits that make for good infill and connectivity for these areas?

These are the questions posed for the next Dallas Architecture Forum event, a panel presented in collaboration with Preservation Dallas called Remaking the City.

The event will be moderated by Robert McFessel, FAIA, President of DSGN Associates and past president of leading organizations involved with the quality of the built environment, including the Dallas Architecture Forum, Preservation Dallas, LaReunion TX, and AIA Dallas.

McFessel currently serves on the boards of LaReunion TX, The Trinity Trust, Trinity Commons Foundation, DoCoMoMo U.S., Greater Dallas Planning Council, and the Advisory Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Panelists include:

  • Edwin Cabannis: Owner of the Kessler Theater
  • Katherine Seale: Chair of the City of Dallas Landmark Commission and Past Director of Preservation Dallas
  • Evan Sheets: Senior Urban Designer at Dallas City Design Studio
  • Dan Shipley, FAIA: Founder and Principal at Shipley Architects

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IdeaBoard

By Amanda Popken
Special Contributor

It’s been 4 years since the Downtown360 plan was created, and so much has changed! It’s time for an update. This week, Downtown Dallas Inc. held the kickoff meeting to begin soliciting input. The input phase will last through October, then the technical studies, microplans, and implementation plans phase will continue through May of 2016. We should have an updated plan by next summer.

If you’d like to give your two cents, keep checking the calendar (be patient – the project website just launched so it’s not fully updated and bug-free yet), or just join DDI’s email newsletter list.

You might already know that Downtown Dallas Inc. manages the Public Improvement District for downtown Dallas. That gives them funding to support the district with things like marketing, security, events, and even bigger substantial changes (like purchasing city rights-of-way.) But they really see their role as more than just a leader in downtown, but the connecting force between all the neighborhoods surrounding downtown. These nine neighborhoods, plus the seven in downtown proper, make up the 16 ‘hoods in the 360 plan. So if you live in, work in, or care about any of these places, you’re invited to participate.
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Evan Beattie

Beattie’s most notable current project is the M-Line Tower mixed-use development at 3230 McKinney Avenue. Construction is slated to begin this summer on a design that includes two restaurant tenants of 12,000 square feet facing McKinney, and a residential entry lobby, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority trolley storage, a museum, and office space on Bowen. All photos: Good Fulton + Farrell

Today, we bring you the inaugural column in a new ongoing series, Interview with an Architect. The goal is to speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals.

Evan Beattie

Evan Beattie

Evan BeattieAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal with Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc., an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm based in Dallas. He’s been with them for 10 years, and was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, as well as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 in Architecture, Engineering and Construction” by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2011.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas in 2003. He currently lives in the Henderson Avenue area, where he organized fellow residents into the Henderson Neighborhood Association in 2009 to help them have a voice in the development of that fast-growing area. Beattie and his wife will move this summer to a new house he designed in the Urban Reserve neighborhood of sustainable modern homes just a few exits north on Central Expressway.

His work with Good Fulton & Farrell has included the Alta Henderson Apartments in Dallas; master planning for The Canyon in Oak Cliff in Dallas; and Fiori on Vitruvian Park in Addison. He is currently working on three projects adjacent to the Henderson Avenue area, two of which will be mixed-use developments in that neighborhood.

“It has been amazing to watch the pace of change in the urban core of our city these last 12 years, and the momentum just keeps growing for additional investment in urban revitalization and the creation of great public spaces and parks that make our city more livable,” Beattie said. Jump to read our interview!

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Dusk Skyline

Thanks for an unexpectedly large crowd, AIA Dallas has moved its screening of the 1967 documentary “The Walls Are Rising” to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The film which was a call to action for the city in regards to urban planning, features photos and narration from Austin-based photographer Rob Perryman.

Find out more about the film here, and purchase tickets on the AIA Dallas website.

I told you we had a rooftop unit at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Unit 905, with a potty pad for pups. What I didn’t tell you was that the exterior patio living room in this unit is fit for royalty with the most extensive landscaping, fountains, and furnishings I’ve seen since Tim Headington’s place a few floors… and million dollars … up. The stamp of talented designer to the stars Sherry Hayslip is all over this home, from the jewel-toned chandeliers to the patterned custom carpets. Much of the furniture is also negotiable, and I would barter away for those two etagere cabinets in the living room which were MADE for the space. Talk about knock your socks off! The millions of dollars of art inside those etageres is not, I’m told, for sale.

The real art here, I think, is the whole unit! Very rare to have a three bedroom, three and a half bath with Downtown, Uptown and Trinity River Corridor views — again, like Tim Headington’s, but for a fraction of the price. And no champagne cellar, boo hoo, but the kitchen pantry is large enough to retrofit with a cooler. Besides, there is a wine fridge in there anyhow, and I am limiting my Prosecco consumption. The extras are truly priceless — years of Hayslip’s sophisticated eye in every corner: chandeliers, sconces, wall finishings, draperies, tassels. Custom and premium finishes are way over the top, such as the imported jewel chandeliers, stunning hardwood floors, marble, stone, all windows have electric shades and Lutron lighting system. Chef’s kitchen is enhanced with granite, Wolf, SubZero, that wine chiller I need, ice maker, one of those large farm sinks, and a huge island you don’t find in every Ritz unit. Master retreat is huge– big enough for two beds and boasts a sitting area, his/her closets, jetted soaking tub, dual sinks with a makeup vanity and what I refer to as better than marriage counseling, two commodes.

But the real magic is that outside world on the huge terrace: 1620 square feet, all Lambert’s flawless design with a pergola, fountain, landscaping, irrigating watering system and, of course, a square of green turf for the pups to do their duty. All that’s needed is a once a week hose-down and voila! When the tinkle’s away, the pup will play! How much are they asking for a slice of elegant heaven in the sky? Only $2,999,999. Listed by the cutest hubby and wife team in the world, Bryan and Amanda Crawford. And really, just a drop in the bucket!