April may be the most epic month for home tours in Dallas, but architecture and design lovers have the opportunity to witness our city’s most striking homes throughout the year. Here, we rounded up a few annual events you’ll want to plug into your calendar.
This annual home tour takes place in, you guessed it, the Park Cities each spring. The event is also paired with a luncheon at the Dallas Country Club as well as a classic and antique car show.
Benefiting the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, the tour is part of the greater Lakewood Home Festival each fall, which also includes an auction party. Don’t miss the candlelight tour on Saturday night.
The American Institute of Architects knows how to put on a home tour. The fall’s tour features seven stunning homes. Buy tickets for the whole tour, or buy a reduced ticket for just one.
The group puts on two tours a year—one in the fall and one in the spring. This fall’s tour focuses on late architect Frank Welch’s residential projects with a kickoff at the The Lamplighter School
Virginia McAlester walks us through six popular styles to inspire your home’s architecture.
Spanish Revival houses, based loosely on original Spanish farmhouses, typically have a red tile roof without an overhang. Relatively small numbers of them were scattered around Dallas, with a rich grouping designed by Clifford D. Hutsell on Lakewood Boulevard close to White Rock Lake.
Thousands of years after the first stone temples were built in Greece, early 1900s Neoclassical houses were built in Munger Place, Winnetka Heights, and Swiss Avenue. During the 1930s and 1950s, Lakewood and Park Cities gained many examples.
Tudor was the most popular of “period houses” that dominated the 1920s. Tudor houses almost always have a group of tall, narrow, rectangular casement windows and a steep-pitch roof. Characteristic to Dallas are beige-brick houses with reddish-brown ironstone.
This style almost always has rounded arches—above the front door, lower-story windows, porch, or in some combination. Arches were perfected by the Romans, who used them profusely in their buildings (picture the Roman Colosseum).
While Craftsman homes look old-fashioned to us today, they were quite modern in the early 20th century when they were built. Groupings created the Winnetka Heights, Junius Heights, Vickery Place, Wheatley Place, and Belmont Addition neighborhoods.
The style often features broad expanses of solid masonry on front façades, eschewing more typical window openings for glass in gable ends that extend well above eye level. Front-facing windows were often shielded from public view by a sunscreen or wall.
Inspiring Local Architects
A beautiful home starts with a good set of blueprints. So, when asked which local architects—past and present—have influenced them, it’s no surprise our builders compiled a brilliant list.