Mary Candace Evans on Manor House

Manor House, a swanky ’60s-era pad, is getting a high-tech makeover worthy of James Bond.

Mod Squad Manor
Manor House, a swanky ’60s-era pad, is getting a high-tech makeover worthy of James Bond.

Photography by Elizabeth Lavin

Sawyer Design Associates has been retained to manage the shag-a-delic redo of Manor House at 1222 Commerce St., one of the few existing residential landmarks that still houses residents downtown. Built in 1965 as Dallas’ first residential downtown high-rise, the 24-story, 252-unit building will be competing with all those younger high-rises with its fresh interiors, new branding, and new name: Terrazzo.

Stacy Sawyer says the design will return the building to its ’60s roots but with a modern twist.

“The first time I saw the pool and cutouts in the roof, I felt like I was in a James Bond film. We’re going for that same swanky yet elegant feel,” she says. Though embracing the ’60s influence, the building will be high-tech. A state-of-the-art plasma TV will be installed on the rooftop terrace, visible from the street below. Another huge draw, Sawyer says, is that each unit features a large, private covered terrace. As for those 1965 interiors, just about everything is heading for the dumpster with one exception: the terrazzo floors.

Brick is Back
Stone and stucco, wherefore art thou? While it seems that entire rock quarries from West Texas have relocated to the McMansions of Park Cities, Preston Hollow, and Frisco, a close look at the building materials on two projects on Strait Lane reveals a new trend. Red brick is back!

A few miles down the road on Cochran Chapel Circle, Avante Homes has gone even further, building a new home designed to look old—circa 1910—of hydrated lime-washed red brick and wood.

“People are tired of what everyone else is building,” says Avante’s Michael Jordan. “I think we are going to see more home exteriors emulating the past, using reclaimed materials and old-fashioned bricks.”

Lime washing gives red brick a whitewash look that’s an actual coating, the way red brick was whitened years before paint was available, Jordan says. Avante’s project is a custom build for Jeffrey and Marlo Cadeddu, who dragged truckloads of reclaimed materials from Louisiana, Austin, Beaumont, and Dallas. Lots of history is going into this 5,800-square-foot house. The downstairs wood floors are from an old church torn down in Beaumont, and the upstairs floors come from a 1905 compressor factory. All interior doors are at least 100 years old and from Louisiana, and Marlo specified old-style rim locks and latches, which she and Jordan found online.

Hit the Beach…or the Mountains
Stone Legends
is keeping the nation’s architectural coffers well supplied with cast and custom natural stone, shipping $2.8 million worth to San Diego for the Del Mar Country Club, Villas, Hotel, and National Golf Lodge underway by Dallas-based Turner Construction. That is on top of at least $1 million in cast stone ordered by the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hairdresser/designer Perry Henderson says he’s been as busy as a one-armed paperhanger balancing a blowdryer, his hair studio on Turtle Creek Boulevard, and his design projects—from the Highland Park home of Luke and Mary Crosland (“Think South of France,” Henderson says, “beiges, creams, aquas, and great blond colors, plus a fun sports library for Mr. C.”) to Scott and Diane Sealy’s 10,208-square-foot home on Hollow Way, a Cole Smith number they bought last January. “It’s a totally different look,” Henderson says. “I’m using my friend Erika Brunson’s reproductions from George Cameron Nash and lots of Fortuny from Ellouise Abbott.”

As if that isn’t enough, between color and cuts, Henderson is also working on a West Texas ranch for Claudia Settle, a world champion barrel racer moving back to the Lone Star State from Sonoma, Calif. All her furniture, Henderson says, is from East and Orient Co. With at least five other projects from Highland Drive to North Dallas, one has to wonder, does Henderson ever sleep? “To quote Allan Knight,” Henderson says, “you just have to have staying power to survive in this business.”

Another Legacy
Adrienne Morgan, namesake of Adrienne Morgan Interior Design, came up loud and clear at Legacy of Design awards, where she won first place in the residential singular space category for a living room and an award of merit for a dining room. This was the first design competition she has ever entered, Morgan says. She also joins a host of notable Dallas and Fort Worth designers selected for Historic Fort Worth’s 2006 Designer Showhouse at “Thistle Hill,” a Georgian revival mansion. The 1903 mansion, originally designed by Sanguinet and Staats, will open for tours Oct. 14-29 and benefit Historic Fort Worth Inc. Other notable Dallas names on the list include Joseph Minton, David Corley, and G. Bradley Alford.

Courtesy of Margaret Chambers

First Class Chambers

Margaret Chambers, ASID, has added chaises longues to her furniture line, The Chambers Collection, and just completed a 15,800-square-foot spec home on Inwood Road and DeLoach Lane for builder David Haverfield. “It’s a spectacular house,” Chambers says. “It has a full basement, exercise and media rooms, Walker Zanger tile, nine bathrooms, a safe room, and is loaded all the way up to the fourth-floor attic.”

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