Win Tickets to This Weekend’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes

Photo of Larry Hartman's place by Charles David Smith

According to my trusty (though cracked) iPhone,  it should be a pleasant 80-degree day on Saturday. That means this is the perfect weekend for a home tour. Lucky for you, the 6th annual AIA Tour of Homes is going on this very weekend! Check out homes all over the city that display cool stuff like sustainability, renovation, adaptation, and cool elements in new construction. According to the press release, the homes “were chosen for their architectural excellence and ability to communicate to the public the important role the architect plays in design.” Selected architects include Bernbaum Magadini Architects, Droese. Raney Architecture, ZERO3, and more.

I spoke to Larry Hartman of Larry Hartman Construction this morning—his West Mockingbird property is home to both his 1,500-square-foot residence and separate workspace. He purchased the property in 2000. First, he built an office building, and then he set about modifying the existing home to make everything more cohesive. “It speaks to the economy,” he says. “I don’t have to drive there. All of my monthly expenses are happening at one address. Through the years, it has been a real test of a good idea. When the economy did belch, I really had no problem.” As for any problems with working so close to home, Hartman says that’s not really an issue. “I was born in Chicago. The butcher lived upstairs from his shop. And this place has such a zen vibe. It’s like a miniature town.”

Being a good neighbor was important to Hartman from the beginning “I was really careful to be a good soldier among the rest,” he says. “I went to each neighbor to show them what I was going to do. That was another idea behind the project: how can I let this neighborhood retain some of its roots? Architecturally, this house remains very quiet.” He’s excited to showcase his personal space on this year’s tour. “I really believe in my message. It’s an interesting little property that’s filled with tons of love,” he says. “It’s about how we can make small spaces function in a really large way.”

Tickets to see Hartman’s space and all the rest are $25 if you get them at the Dallas Center for Architecture or online at; you can also purchase them the day-of at the homes at $30. Tickets to visit individual homes are $10. All that being said, I can give you two—count ’em two—tickets for F-R-E-E. All you have to do is write a simple poem about the joys of home tours. Best one wins.


  • Katherine

    Touring homes in Dallas is a dream come true, I’ve been studying architecture and my semester Is almost through.
    Why I would love to get my hands on these tickets, and maybe save some while still enjoying these beautiful home visits.
    I thank the owners that they care, to show the wonderful conventions the architects chose to share. Touring homes could be so much fun, especially if I get to share it with a loved one. All day long touring Dallas homes, spending time in the sun it sounds so excellent and so much fun!

  • Susan

    I love a good home tour.
    Even when they’ve fertilized their flower beds with manure.
    Darting around the city,
    Looking at homes that are oh-so-pretty.
    Tucking away ideas from how the owners decorated,
    Spending an afternoon with my mom or some other related.
    The AIA home tour will be especially fun,
    I’m so glad the weatherman is predicting sun!

  • Nicole


  • Love of Home Tour
    I Bring Home..Inspire

  • The AIA Home Tour is almost here
    I look forward to this weekend every year.
    Exploring modern homes that inspire my desire
    To one day be an architect that everyone will hire
    To commission homes that are as incredible as these
    That speaks modernist style and sustainability
    Touring around Dallas, it’s an annual tradition
    That highlight the best of residential commissions
    The AIA Home Tour, could it get here any sooner?
    I’ve been wanting to see some furniture by Scott + Cooner
    Inside these modern dwellings that will sure be telling
    Joys of living in spaces that are so compelling.
    From the Miele appliances to art on the wall
    The floor to ceiling windows will definitely wow us all.
    The AIA Home Tour is almost here
    This has to be one of my favorite times of the year.

  • Mark

    Oh to tour homes what a magical bless.
    If I win these tickets not a one of them I will miss.
    My lovely wife I will take and strolling we will be,
    through the architectural brilliance of the city.

  • Anthony

    Tour of homes is a Saturday Dream come true
    Top down in the sun under skies of blue
    Beautiful designs, yards and more
    with these tickets im sure to score
    with my wife, its not that fun
    unfortunately for me, shes the only one
    All the homes, we will wish we had
    We will say “one day, that will be our pad”
    we will gather ideas for our own place
    and take a few photos just in case
    And we will rest at the end of our long day
    when she will retire to bed, reading Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Who won the amazing tickets?