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My Favorite Modern and Estate Homes I Offer for Sale Share Boundaries with Massive Private Gardens or Public Parks

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Listings With Beautiful Adjacent Land Have Become a Trademark of Douglas Newby

It has dawned on me that almost every home I offer for sale has extraordinary views, not just of the home’s own property, but of beautiful adjacent public or private property. Occasionally a real estate agent will have such a listing. However, the high percentage of great sites for modern homes and estate homes that I offer for sale is unheard of in the real estate industry.

There is an Ocean Front Effect With Even Some Dallas, Texas, Properties

A specific site is more important than a general location. Malibu or Palm Beach are great locations, and still it is their beach front properties that provide the most value. Similarly, Preston Hollow in Dallas is a great location, and the properties here that have great views of additional land, creeks or trees create additional value and enjoyment. A great site is the reason I was able to sell one acre of land for $2.5 million, the highest priced acre of land in Preston Hollow, while some lots in Preston Hollow sold for $1 million an acre. Modern home buyers and estate home buyers enjoy living by greenbelts, nature areas, forests, lakes and other owners’ gardens so they are able to visually enjoy them but do not have to maintain them. These large neighboring properties enhance the views and buffer the homeowner from annoying development, dense concentrations of concrete and tile roofs, and undesired city lights.

Douglas Newby is Associated With Architecturally Significant Homes and the Best Sites

Architecturally Significant homes are my formal trademark and they make up the body of my real estate work. A great site is my informal trademark. When I see a home, I notice first how it relates to its site, along with the amount of land and the quality of the site. Often the site is more important than the structure.

The meaningful and attractive context of a home to the land around it will also bring greater enjoyment to the home owner.

Architecture, Preservation, and Context Were Early Priorities

From the very beginning of my real estate career, I was passionate about the preservation of the city’s finest architect-designed homes and their context within the neighborhood I was helping to revitalize.

Creating historic districts preserved the architectural context of Dallas’s first deed restricted neighborhood. The modestly sized homes on Swiss Avenue appeared as mansions because of their uniform setbacks, the landscaped boulevard and, like the rest of Munger Place, a ribbon of green space in the front of the homes as fences and hedgerows were not allowed.

Some of My Favorite Homes Are On Smaller Lots But Great Sites

A lot can be very small but have inspiring views of creeks, forests or gardens. One can find some real gems tucked into Turtle Creek Park and Northern Hills. This Texas modern home designed by architect O’Neil Ford is on one half acre looking down Rock Creek as it descends toward Turtle Creek.

My Current Listings Are Best Examples of Homes With Beautiful Sites

I am offering homes that are on sites that range from .5 acres to 25.25 acres. Each one of these homes is on an extraordinary site with its own delightful characteristics and they benefit from what is around them.

Even the Crespi/Hicks Estate on 25.25 Acres Benefits From Being Next to a 15-Acre Estate Property


The Crespi/Hicks Estate is the largest estate property in Dallas with 25.25 acres. There is enough land that the Maurice Fatio-designed home captures full views of a landscape of creeks, meadows, gardens and ponds. Even an estate property of this size benefits from the 15-acre estate property next door.

The mature trees, small lake and creek of this adjacent property provide an even greater platform for migrating birds and wildlife and amplify the cooling effect from trees in the summer.

Preston Hollow 6.5 Acre Estate Property Wraps Around Estate Home on 1.5 Acres

On Chatham Hill is a 10,000 square foot 1950 estate home on a beautiful 1.5 acre site offered for sale at $3 million. The lot is wide and allows for a tennis court in the side yard that is framed by magnolia trees. The deep back yard slopes towards a creek. What really distinguishes the property is the neighboring $30 million estate home sited on 6.5 acres across the creek. Two acres of this estate property make up a side garden on the opposite side of the creek of the $3 million home I have for sale, and another two acres of this estate property is the front garden that is on one side of the $3 million home. To only see trees and gardens on two sides of the property is a great benefit. The tennis court and landscaping are between the home and Douglas Avenue, so this Chatham Hill home is free of views of any other homes.

White Rock Lake


Unless one has visited one of the eight estate homes on the estate cove of White Rock Lake, it is hard to imagine how majestic and serene this Lake is from high on a hill. This Howard Meyer-designed estate home is on three acres overlooking the sailboats on White Rock Lake. What is even more amazing is that the property extends all the way back to Fisher Road, across from a deep greenbelt and park. Whether one looks out this home’s front windows or stands on the rear balcony, all one sees is a lake in one direction and greenbelt in another direction. I cannot recall another property in Dallas that has parks in front of it and behind it.

Turtle Creek Drive Is a Private Drive Overlooking Turtle Creek


The modern home at 3840 Turtle Creek Drive is perched on top of a hill with the Katy Trail located behind the home and views of Turtle Creek in front of the home. Turtle Creek Park has always been one of my very favorite neighborhoods because of its topography, winding streets and because it only has 38 homes, framed by Rock Creek, Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail. This site’s elevation gives the effect of being on the fifth floor of a Turtle Creek high-rise and the peacefulness of living in a forested neighborhood of creeks and trails.

Four Acres on White Rock Lake


Only a few estate homes are on lots that have as many as four acres. This four-acre site is 356 feet wide, encouraging the best views of White Rock Lake, with the Arboretum on the distant shore.

Increasingly, people are coming to White Rock Lake daily or weekly from Highland Park, Preston Hollow or Uptown. When living at the Lake, to be able to just walk out your front door and down the hill to the lake and a bicycle path that connects across the city is a real luxury.

The Greatest Surprise is a Glen Abbey Site Overlooking a Bluff,
Creek and Forest

From the street the Oglesby•Greene-designed modern home is sited on what appears to be a conventional one-acre lot in this gated neighborhood. However, once you enter the home you see a vista that makes one feel they are in the mountains of North Carolina. From this modern home you are looking down a bluff, taking in the views of White Rock Creek and the seemingly endless expanse of trees of the private nature preserve on the other side of the creek. There are no visible lights from the city or other homes as you sit on the terraces or balconies and enjoy nature.

The homes on the great sites with beautiful land around them bring the greatest economic value and enjoyment to the home owner. Please let me know if I may help you find the best site for your next home.

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Categories: Architects, Crespi Hicks Estate Home, Dallas Architecture, Dallas Landscape Architecture, Glen Abbey, Graham Greene Architect, ONeill Ford Architect, Scott Lyons Architect

What Appears to Be a Conventional Lot from the Street May Be Most Dramatic Site in Dallas for Modern Home

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Glen Abbey Neighborhood

You would never imagine from driving down a street of lovely estate homes in the gated community of Glen Abbey that behind the deed restricted architectural continuity of homes you would see rugged topography, creeks, and forest. What appears to be a street of conventional lots and homes is where you will find one of the most dramatic modern homes and sites in Dallas.

Unique Sites Create An Opportunity For Exceptional Homes

Previously, I have written that the most challenging and difficult sites inspire great homes. These sites are often remnant pieces of land like the embankment of railroad tracks, now the Katy Trail running alongside the Turtle Creek Park neighborhood, where architect Frank Welch designed a three-story modern home with a swimming pool placed on the top of the jutting rock formation:

Or on odd-shaped lots like this one where architect Antoine Predock designed this modern home in Highland Park that is built right up to and overlooking Turtle Creek:

Or ones tucked in a crevice of a neighborhood on which there did not seem to be room for a home to be built. Architect Bob James found the solution with this Dallas Chapter AIA Merit Award-winning home built in the Brookshire Park neighborhood:

Or in a neighborhood that has been ignored for decades like this one, Little Mexico near Oak Lawn in Dallas, where architect Ron Wommack designed a home for himself:

This One-Acre Site in Glen Abbey is Even More Complex

It is true, it would not be difficult to design a traditional French or Mediterranean style home lined up on the street in this deed restricted neighborhood.

One may wonder how a one-acre lot in the middle of a series of wide lots in the prestigious neighborhood of Glen Abbey could create a complex challenge or prove to be a difficult site.

Not visible from the street is the stunning elevation, topography, elevation and view of nature uninterrupted by homes or lights of the city. The question for any modernist is how to capture that landscape with the design of the home. Additionally, a really puzzling aspect of designing this home was how to do this when the property has neighborhood deed restrictions that require the facades of the homes to reflect a traditional European style.

One Does Not Associate Expansive Views in a Private, Gated Community

On the largest estate properties unencumbered by other development, it is possible for a classic estate home to capture the landscape. The Crespi/Hicks Estate is the best example of this. It is an elegant French-style home that is perfectly sited on 25 acres that capture the views of gardens, meadows, and forest from any room room in four directions.

However, a luxury neighborhood, like Glen Abbey, filled with large estate homes on one acre lots makes it far more difficult for a traditional home to have private and expansive views.

Architect Graham Greene Discovers Brilliant Solution to Fully Integrate Home with Landscape

My first impression of the property totally changed when I approached the home’s front door and could see through the glass corridor to the rear of the property where the land sweeps towards a bluff and nature area beyond White Rock Creek.

Graham Greene, AIA, of Oglesby•Greene did not let the neighborhood deed restrictions and design guidelines restrict the views of nature. Graham Greene was able to design a home where nature is the central theme of the design.

Greene’s design solution was comprised of three elements:

  1. The home needed to be modern in its floor plan and in the way it related to the land.
  2. The home needed to be placed on the side edge of the lot, creating extended views on the other side of the lot and from the rear of the home.
  3. The home needed a front façade and tight boundary side façade to serve almost as courtyard walls, shielding the views of other houses

Neighborhood Deed Restrictions and Design Guidelines Were Satisfied by 14th Century English Home

Graham Greene, AIA, went further back into the architectural archives than the prevalent French and European designs used today. He found a 14th century stone English estate home whose façade lent itself to the modern home designed in Glen Abbey.

Graham Greene Created a Modern Home From a 14th Century English Home Just as Architects David Williams and O’Neil Ford Created a Modern Home From Pioneer Texas Homes

Both Graham Greene and O’Neil Ford designed modern homes that reinterpret a time honored style. Their designs resulted in rooms that are open, an honesty of materials, continuous exterior and interior walls, and the design of the homes submit to the landscape.

Graham Greene created a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired pattern of exterior stacked stone that continues inside the home. The exterior element of crosscut Douglas fir is repeated inside the home. The large amounts of glass and glazed openings show the walls that penetrate the interior and exterior spaces.

The consistent use of materials used to satisfy the exterior deed restrictions are also used on the inside of the home, further blending the interior and exterior spaces.

Architect Perfectly Sites Home

Architect Graham Greene, by siting the home on one side of the lot, allows the public perimeter of the house to be reinforced with mechanical rooms, garages, closets, pantries and rooms not requiring windows.

This plan also allows the rest of the home to be effortlessly open with one- and two-story walls of windows and glazed openings on the private side of the home and rear façade. Nature becomes the central element of design.

Graham Greene is an Architectural Magician, Transforming an Inspiring 14th Century Home Into a Home Satisfying the Tenets of Modernism

Many of the most admired homes are hidden away from the street as they submit to the landscape. This Graham Greene-designed modern home is close to the street, but still almost disappears as it recedes into the landscape. The home ascends in height, in unison with the fall of the land descending towards the creek. This accentuated verticality enhances the views of this dramatic setting.

This modern home is precisely designed, with a consistent palette of warm woods, stacked stone, and glass reflecting and integrating the landscape into the design of the home. These materials and textures create a carefully composed composition that reflects the mature trees, the natural state of the topography, and a sense of nature.

A Modern Home With the Most Dramatic Views in Dallas Has Been Created in Glen Abbey

Graham Greene has created a home with a precision relating to its design, technology and materials. The textures are warm and rich. Glass is abundant. One of the most beautiful spots in Dallas infuses the design of this modern home.

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Categories: Architects, Architecture Awards, Dallas Architecture, Dallas Modern Architecture, Dallas Neighborhoods, David Williams Architect, Glen Abbey, Graham Greene Architect, Modern Homes and Design, ONeill Ford Architect

AIA Dallas Tour of Modern Homes: Nov. 2-3, 2013

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Here is the Opportunity to See the Finest Recent Architectural Modern Work by Dallas Architects

My favorite Dallas home tour of the year is hosted by the American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter. Every year for the last seven years the AIA offers architecture aficionados, those considering building a modern home, those passionate or just curious about good design the chance to see the latest and finest work by talented architects.

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Designed by Domiteaux + Baggett

November 2nd and 3rd, Tour from 10am to 5pm

You can buy a $30 ticket at the door of any of the ten homes you are able to see on this Dallas tour. This selection of modern homes was co-chaired by architect Kelly Mitchell, a very fine architect who has also had homes she designed featured on previous tours. She and her committee have created the best modern home tour yet. We all benefit from her good eye and sensibility for quality and inspirational architecture.

Kelly Mitchell, AIA, and the selection committee curated a collection of small and moderate size homes that have a concentrated design which ignites an expansive and graceful view of nature and sunlight. My admiration for an architecturally significant home always starts with my fascination with its site. The best homes are always on great sites. When you visit these ten homes on tour, you will see how the interesting sites prompted the design of these articulate modern homes. The home shown above design by Mark Domiteaux, Laura Baggett, and Douglas Payne reflects the urban edge of the neighborhood and adjacent forest reserve.

12001 BROWNING LANE

Designed by Domiteaux + Baggett

At 12001 Browning Lane, architects Mark Domiteaux, Laura Baggett and Douglas Payne designed the modern interpretation of a split-level modern home associated with this North Dallas neighborhood. The soft canopy of a mature pecan tree in the garden accentuates the strong linear composition of the home. Deep overhangs and a covered terrace create shade and a transition from the expansive glazed openings looking into the garden and the disappearing glass panels that allow the interior space to transition to the garden.

21 WINDING LAKE DRIVE

Designed by Smitharc

Jason Smith, AIA, and Signe Smith designed this contemporary home at the end of a North Dallas cul-de-sac for work/home/family. The series of sculpted volumes create multi-functional spaces that provide flexibility. Here you will see the graceful transition and transformation of public spaces into private spaces, and interior spaces into exterior spaces.

10752 WYATT CIRCLE

Designed by Welch Architecture

Cliff Welch is an architect most known for his mid-century inspired modern designed homes. More and more I am associating Cliff Welch with homes on stunning, elevated sites overlooking trees on White Rock Lake. Cycling hard around White Rock Lake and then looking up at the modern home he designed on West Lake Highlands Drive always gives me a surge and a smile.

At 10752 Wyatt Circle, Cliff Welch has designed another home perched high, this one on one of the highest elevations in Dallas east of White Rock Lake. From inside this contemporary home or from the deck sheltered by the seven foot eaves, one overlooks miles of treetops.

4626 CHEROKEE TRAIL

Designed by Susan Appleton

A pie-shaped lot immediately eliminates the traditional home or modern white box. Architect Susan Appleton intersects two geometries, resolved by a tall connection as the pivoting element at the point of entry. The solidity of the interior and exterior concrete block is juxtaposed with the design of custom fabricated steel and the visual delicacy of the stairs, catwalk, and trellis.

3501 LINDENWOOD AVENUE

Designed by Marc McCollom, AIA

On a corner lot in Highland Park, architect Marc McCollum creates a series of three overlapping volumes of the public realm providing an enticing approach emphasizing the landscape while taking note of the site and comparable sized homes of the neighborhood.

Here you will find a dynamic home that is modern, straightforward and elegant.

3615 GILLESPIE STREET UNIT B

Designed by A Gruppo Architects with Heath Macdonald, RA + Steven Quevedo

3615 GILLESPIE STREET UNIT C

Designed by Mitchell Garman

Mid-century modern design made apartment living stylish and fun in the 1950s. It is a testament to how powerful and persuasive modern design of the mid-century by the number of apartments that still stand and are being renovated when traditional homes, some only twenty-five years old, are being torn down.

Apartments, condominiums, and town houses built in the 1950s are desired by those buying their first home or downsizing. No matter the generation mid-century modern design continues to resonate particularly when they are renovated with the architectural ability of sure-handed architects Heath Macdonald and Steven Quevedo, and architect Kelly Mitchell who recently designed the interiors of 3516 Gillespie Street Unit B and Unit C respectively.

10754 WYATT CIRCLE

Designed by Landry and Landry

A small home can have a dramatic presence if it is gently placed on a pristine wooded hillside, like this home at 10754 Wyatt Circle in East Dallas close to White Rock Lake. Two intersecting parts of the home create a space for the expansive deck reaching out into the woods. The trellis casts shadows, continuing the dappled light of the surrounding forest.

8643 GROVELAND DRIVE

Designed by TKTR w/ Thad Reeves, AIA

Thad Reeves, AIA, and Truett Roberts designed a small modern home with the vertical presence that personifies the character of Little Forest Hills, a neighborhood hidden among the trees east of White Rock Lake in Forest Hills. The home owner and client is an avid gardener who chose the neighborhood for its natural setting. Each room shares an intimacy with the large trees and intimate gardens of the site.

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Categories: Home Tours, Modern Homes and Design

David George (Dec. 26, 1922 – Oct. 7, 2013) Architect Leaves Legacy

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Great architects like David George, FAIA contribute to our community and civilization in subtle and conspicuous ways. Even the prolific architects design fewer residences in a lifetime than painters create pieces for a single exhibition. One might be fortunate enough to know of a specific home or homes an architect has designed and is able to knowingly admire that home with proper attribution. These architecturally significant homes inspire, educate and encourage more good houses. What is much more subtle is the influence architects have on other architects and designers. A community’s architecture is not made up of disparate architects or architectural styles that do not influence or impact each other or future work. The architecture of Dallas is the result of the interaction and influence of exceptionally talented architect like David George.

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Architect David George Personifies Quality Dallas Architecture

The reason the architecture in Dallas is so strong is the depth of regional, national and international architects who have worked in Dallas and continue to work in Dallas. The influence of architects on other architects is sometimes quite apparent and sometimes just a suggestion. This body of work gives Dallas both its architectural pedigree and, more important, its look, its feel, and an architectural identity that makes Dallas Dallas.

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Great House/Great Architect Conversation

Two and a half years ago, I had the privilege to moderate an architectural conversation with David George at the home he designed in Preston Hollow at 4818 Brookview.  Preceding the event, one of the most delightful afternoons I have spent was talking with David George for hours about his career, his influence, his associates, his architecture. David George discussed how his design evolved but remained firmly rooted in his rigid and rhythmic system of grids and in his conviction that a home can shape and enhance the way one lives.

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Thinking of David George also brings up such a nice memory of the Great Architects/Great House conversation we had at 4818 Brookview that included architect Jim Wheeler, who worked with him on the Brookview house, along with interior architect Jessica Lendvay and interior designer Beth Saunders. Their experience working with David George on the house was quite moving. They had deep respect for his genius and strong sense of design, and his approach that was receptive to ideas that kept his work incredibly fresh and exciting right up until his death Monday morning, October 7, 2013.

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In memory of David George, please allow me to share some notes from my opening remarks at this celebration of David George and the conversation about his work that we had with him on April 9, 2011, at 4818 Brookview, home he had just completed at age 88.

Every few years there is a home worthy of a Great Architect/Great House conversation. I have always been interested in the architectural lineage and influence of architects.

This home, the Texas ranch house, maybe has the greatest architectural pedigree of any house built in Dallas. All the great lines of architecture are represented in this home. Jessica Lendvay’s architectural family tree goes through Svend Fruit and Max Levy to Bud Oglesby. Jim Wheeler worked with O’Neil Ford who was trained by the father of Texas Modern, David Williams.

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In 1958, Architect David George worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on
9400 Rockbrook Drive

David George has the most incredible lineage of all. He apprenticed with one of the few architects to have a strong personal relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright and who is a Frank Lloyd Wright Fellow today. David George worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on the Gillon house at 9400 Rockbrook in Dallas, the largest residence Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed. David George also worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on the Dallas Theater Center on Turtle Creek. The David George pedigree does not stop there. He did all the working drawings for one of the best midcentury homes in Dallas, the home Harwell Hamilton Harris designed at 9624 Rockbrook. Harwell Hamilton Harris is maybe best known for his work in California, but this home he designed on Rockbrook for Seymour and Jeanne Eisenberg was one of his favorites.

Architect David George did the working drawings on the modern house
Harwell Hamilton Harris designed at Rockbrook in 1957.

David George also had an architecture partnership with Arch Swank, another of the great modernists in Dallas who had worked with O’Neil Ford in the 1930s. And just to throw in some spice to this feast of experience was a short stint that David George worked with Charles Dilbeck.

This great home at 4818 Brookview is designed by one of the nation’s great architects, David George, is one we have all been waiting for. This home is even more special because architect Jim Wheeler and interior architect Jessica Lendvay, and interior designer Beth Saunders layered expertise and design sensibility on the incredible design of David George.

When I first cam through this home, only knowing that David George had been trained by Frank Lloyd Wright, I thought this home seemed influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and by the Texas modernists architects David Williams and O’Neil Ford.

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David Williams designed his first Texas modern home at 4408 St. Johns in 1932.

This is a large home that almost disappears from the street because it is set back and hugs the land. It reminds us this land was once a prairie now disguised by builders’ exuberance. I was also struck by the plain cut white oak, leaving some texture and grain, conveying a feeling of Texas artisanship in which David Williams was so keen. This vertical and horizontal sliding stick doors invoke the spirit of O’Neil for using stick detail to fill or define a space but not be heavy. From the other houses I have seen that David George has designed, I was anticipating courtyards and loggias, trellises, an invitation to look outside. This home is the best yet. You are not invited to look outside; you are required to look outside. The home is designed as a loggia wrapping around the courtyard and pool. When I think back on the homes David George has designed or the home for Harwell Hamilton Harris in which he did the working drawings, there were trellises that acted as loggias, there were open loggias, closed loggias, some with rooms above, some with just a roof. It sometimes is hard to remember which of the spaces were technically inside spaces and which were outside spaces because they all felt the same, open and easy to walk down a path to a pond or creek.

Looking from one room over a courtyard into another room, it becomes even easier to forget which is the outside space and which is the inside space.

The plain cut white oak has a texture, but it is not as pronounced or as rustic a wood as David George used on homes he designed 50 years ago, but the effect is the same. As the surfaces in the 21st century have become slicker, smoother and more refined so have the surfaces of this home, but the contrast, the difference from the world around us is constant. We sense an organic feel without being hit over the head with it. Many modern architects design homes that invite one to look out. David George designed this home in way that required one to look out onto the garden or outside environment from every space in the home….

David George Designed Architecturally Significant Homes in Every Decade for 60 Years

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Rear view of 4050 Cochran Chapel Road designed by architect David George 1981.

It is quite remarkable the consistent quality of the homes David George worked on and designed, from the 1950s right up to his death at age 91.  When the Dallas Chapter, AIA celebrated its 50th anniversary, it selected 50 significant homes in Dallas.  David George worked on or designed three of them.  He contributed to the Frank Lloyd Wright home on Rockbrook, he did the working drawings for the Harwell Hamilton Harris home on Rockbrook, and he designed the home at 4050 Cochran Chapel Road.

David George designed 4234 Shorecrest Drive in 1961.

David George designed 4234 Shorecrest Drive in 1961.

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Architect David George designed 4050 Cochran Chapel Road in 1981.

David George Remembered

Everyone I know who ever had the opportunity to work with David George, to have a home designed by David George, or to just have a conversation with David George was mesmerized by his passion and commitment to design, architecture and life. David George is a large branch of the Dallas and national architecture family tree that produces the best architecture in the country. David George’s ideas and works will continue to influence architecture for generations. We will miss and treasure the fierce independent spirit and talent of architect David George.

Memorial Service at Cochan Chapel Methodist Church October 11th, 2013 at 2:30pm

Categories: Architects, Preston Hollow, Texas Modern

National Architects and Accomplished Dallas Contractor Create Architecturally Significant Homes Across Nation

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John Sebastian Constructs Sleek California Modern Home Designed by Los Angeles Architect LM Studio

Often a Dallas architect is selected to design a California home. Here, this compelling Los Angeles modern home was designed by a Los Angeles architectural firm, LM Studio and a Dallas-based contractor, Sebastian Construction Group, built this modern home.

Sebastian was ideally suited for this project because of their extensive experience designing homes for award winning architects in Dallas, a city that has been a hotbed of good design. Increasingly, Sebastian has been sought out for important architectural projects across the country.

Sebastian Construction Group is Selected to Build Modern Homes With Sophisticated Design

John Sebastian is a second generation architect and owner of Dallas based Sebastian Construction Group. Architecturally significant modern homes require the architectural savvy, engineering, expertise, and the experience, skills, and craftsmanship to implement the complex interfacing and juxtaposition of diverse materials and precision that modern homes call for.

Dallas Gains Attention for Its Modern Homes

The richness of Dallas modern architecture comes from the deep pool of talented Dallas architects and a tradition of Dallas residents also bringing in top modern architects from outside of Dallas and from both coasts. The interaction of Dallas, national, and international modern architects increases the awareness of modern design, and the exchange of ideas and influence creates an even stronger architectural environment.

Here the San Antonio architectural firm of Overland Partners designed this modern home built by Sebastian Construction Group.

Ranch House on the Brazos River Designed by Ford, Powell, and Carson

John Sebastian was also selected to build this ranch house on the Brazos River which was designed by architects Ford, Powell, and Carson. This San Antonio architectural firm has its roots in Dallas with architect O’Neil Ford who with David Williams created the Texas modern style. Dallas also has a strong tradition of Ranch style haciendas, most notably the DeGolyer Estate designed by architects Shutt and Scott who worked orginally in California and then did extensive architecture in Dallas.

Moroccan Style Desert Residence in Las Vegas Designed by Architect William Hablinski

William Hablinksi received his architecture degree from the University of Texas and proceeded to open an office in Beverly Hills and Austin. John Sebastian, the contractor of this house, and William Hablinski are both architects and members of the Institute of Classical Architecture. Here William Hablinski designed and Sebastian built this Moroccan style residence in Las Vegas.

Dallas also has good examples of Moroccan style architecture including the home on Turtle Creek designed by John Allen Boyle and the Moroccan modern home designed by Frank Welch in Bent Tree.

Las Vegas Desert Residence William Hablinski Designed in a Tuscan Style

Sebastian Construction Group was chosen to construct this very large and elaborate home in Las Vegas which architect William Hablinski designed in a Tuscan style. John Sebastian was perfectly suited for this project from his experience designing Tuscan style homes in Highland Park.

Spanish Style Highland Park Home Designed by Larry Boerder

Dallas has the greatest collection of 20th and 21st century eclectic architecture in the nation. One of the styles that continues to resonate in Dallas is the Spanish and colonial revival styles found in Highland Park, University Park, and Dallas. Foshee and Cheek are best known for their Spanish colonial homes that they designed on Swiss Avenue and in Highland Park. Foshee and Cheek also designed Highland Park Village in this Beverly Hills style architecture that continues to put its aesthetic stamp on Dallas. Larry Boerder, a prolific and talented architect, has designed homes in many of the classical eclectic styles and this Spanish style home perfectly represents the enduring appeal of Highland Park.

Categories: Architects, Contractors, Frank Welch Architect, Modern Homes and Design, ONeill Ford Architect

Private Art Collections Creating Greater Influence in the Art World

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Derek and Christen Wilson Install Private Collection

Derek and Christen Wilson Art Collection

Dallas Architecture Blog celebrates the art of architecture and place. This post celebrates the impact of private art collections in architecturally significant homes. Private collectors are nimbler in their collecting and their collections rapidly generate thought and momentum for specific art and artists.

Museums Judiciously and Carefully Acquire Art

Richard Meier Designed Modern Home

Museums judiciously acquire work through the eyes of the museum director and staff, with the approval of the acquisitions committee and the board of trustees. Art chosen by this process is very thorough and heavily juried by the art directors and associate directors who have the highest academic credentials and museum experience, and then by art patrons that make up the acquisition committee followed by the art and business judgment of the board of trustees. With board approval, funds might be drawn from a museum endowment for the acquisition or a development campaign might begin for a specific painting. Even donations of art to a museum have to go through this process for approval. This ponderous process builds great museums that traditionally have shaped how a community views art.

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The Nimbler Approach of Private Collectors, Like Derek and Christen Wilson, Have an Increasing Influence on the Direction of Art

Derek and Christen Wilson Art Collection

It should be noted that private art collections are hardly a product of an underground or guerilla art movement. Prominent private collectors are often very involved in the leadership of art museums. For instance, collectors Derek and Christen Wilson, when they make acquisitions for their personal collection displayed in their Highland Park home, are able to seek, if they desire, the counsel of their vast resource of museum curators, art consultants, and gallery owners because they enjoy leadership roles at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Tate Museum. But ultimately a personal collection is just that, a personal decision that reflects the collector’s taste. Some pieces might be acquired after having followed and studied the artist for years, while other acquisitions might be informed but quite spontaneous. The collection grows and the collector’s eye sharpens.

Derek and Christen Wilson Art Collection

Private collections, like the one in Derek and Christen Wilson’s Old Highland Park home, are viewed by other collectors, museum directors, and curators from across the city, the country, and the world as they visit the collector’s home and see their art. This dynamic creates a great cross-pollination of ideas, views, and further introduction to artists’ works. These private visits not only influence other personal collections but they influence the eventual acquisitions of the museums with which these visitors are involved.

Dallas Art Collectors are Generous With Their Collections

Scott Lyons Designed Texas Modern Home

Private art collectors, such as Margaret McDermott and her late husband, Eugene, have always been generous with their art, loaning it to museums and opening their home to those interested in art from Dallas and from around the world.

Howard and Cindy Rachofsky generously open their Richard Meier-designed home to the public to see their rotating, dynamic collection of modern art.

Richard Meier Designed Modern Home

The collection of Marguerite and the late Robert Hoffman is viewed by prominent collectors from around the world in the residential gallery designed by architect Bill Booziotis.

Architect Bill Booziotis Designed Home in Preston Hollow

Deedie and Rusty Rose display significant art in their Antoine Predock-designed home and in their adjacent pump house, renovated by architect Gary Cunningham, that provides space for exhibitions and art events.

Antoine Predock-designed home

The McDermotts, the Roses, the Hoffmans, and the Rachofskys have also made unprecedented bequests of their collections to the Dallas Art Museum furthering how art will be viewed and interpreted over the next century.

Art Evolves as Does the Dynamic That Influences Art

Dallas collectors generously share their personal collections with the community. Now private collectors are able to continue to show their art in their homes through private visits, but now they’re also able to share their art collections through the Internet and Social Media.

Art Collection of Derek and Christen Wilson

Here you’re able to see some of the additions to the collection of Derek and Christen Wilson in a recent installation in their Highland Park modern home.

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