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Don’t Miss These East Dallas Home Tours This Spring 

Both the White Rock Home Tour and Swiss Avenue home tours are back this April and May.
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6015 Bryan Parkway is one of the tentpoles of the Swiss Avenue home tour. Courtesy of Swiss Avenue Historic District

For architect Jessica Stewart Lendvay, residential home tours, and the conversations they evoke, are a great way of improving a community’s architectural literacy. “If I can help people understand architectural concepts, and that helps all of us live in a more beautiful world,” says Lenvay, who’s chairs this year’s 16th-annual White Rock Home Tour the weekend of April 20.  

In addition to showcasing architecture, home tours are a way to illustrate how people can live with history, says Lendvay and Alex Gandara-Morgan, who’s co-chairing the 2024 Swiss Avenue Home Tour, which opens its doors May 11 and 12. You can renovate a historic home and update it for modern living without tearing it down or compromising its character they say. On Swiss Avenue, there’s a mantra of “leave it better than you found it,” Gandara-Morgan says. “Preserving the history while adding to it.”

Read more about the two home tours below. 

White Rock Home Tour 

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The White Rock Home Tour was founded in 2006 when a group of locals, including Christine Rogers (ed’s note: Rogers is married to current D Magazine editor Tim Rogers), wanted to raise awareness for their Ju-Nel-designed homes.

Since then, the tour has expanded to highlight the mid-century modern and contemporary houses in the area. Unlike other home tours, this event isn’t isolated to a specific neighborhood: “We try to wrap around White Rock Lake, so we get more exposure,” Lendvay says. The 2024 roster includes a mix of mid-century and modern homes in Highland Meadows, Old Lake Highlands, Lakewood, and Lochwood.

Proceeds from the two-day tour go to Hexter Elementary, helping to fund the school’s food pantry, garden program, tutoring, and mindfulness program. “This is a home tour that you can have fun and see beautiful things, but also know that the money that you spend on the ticket is going to help the children of Hexter,” Lendvay says. 

12–5 p.m. April 20–21. From $25. Multiple locations. Get tickets and learn more here

Swiss Avenue Historic District Home Tour 

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With more than 50 years under its belt, the Swiss Avenue Historic District Home Tour is a well-oiled machine, says event co-chair Alex Gandara-Morgan. Everything that tourgoers love about the annual Mother’s Day Weekend event will be back. There will be vintage cars parked outside homes, horse-and-carriage rides up and down the avenue, and air-conditioned buses ferrying people house to house. 

Additionally, “Savage Park will remain the nucleus,” Gandara-Morgan says. The community park will host kids’ activities, the vender market, food trucks, live entertainment, and booths with Dallas city employees. Folks can talk to Code Enforcement reps about how those processes work, and kids can explore firetrucks.

Plus, there will still be a few things unique to this year. One house, 6005 Swiss Ave., will celebrate its 100thbirthday this year with Prosecco and cookies from Jimmy’s Food Store. The tour is also adding three brunch times at Society Bakery and Tea Room, which opened a location on Skillman last December. “Their dining room is gorgeous,” Gandara-Morgan says. “It feels very Parisian.” The prix fixe menu will include quiche, salad, and breakfast breads—brunch is an additional ticket. 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11; 12–6 p.m. May 12. $30 home tour; $65 brunch. Get tickets here.

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Catherine Wendlandt is the online associate editor for D Magazine’s Living and Home and Garden blogs, where she covers all…
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