Elizabeth Lavin

Architecture & Design

Tour John Clutts’ Historic Midcentury Home in Preston Hollow

The talent agency president and son of Dallas architect James A. Clutts preserves the home that has hosted a plethora of parties and every living Democratic president.

If there’s one thing talent agency president John Clutts knows, it’s Dallas architecture. The Dallas native’s father, architect James A. Clutts, designed local landmarks such as The Hockaday School and Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church—earning him a 2014 Lifetime Achievement award from the American Institute of Architects.

The younger Clutts, a graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas, undoubtedly grew up with an eye for design. So when a noteworthy Preston Hollow midcentury went on the market in 2015 following the death of its owner, businessman and philanthropist Jess Hay, Clutts and his husband, Dr. Sami Arslanlar, snatched it up. Built in 1970, the home features a groovy porte cochere where visitors can envision party guests walking up in their best Mad Men-esque garb. In fact, during Jess and Betty Jo Hay’s ownership, the home saw much entertaining—a legacy that Clutts and Arslanlar are happy to keep alive.

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