2018 SPRING ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Art Deco In Dallas
Saturday, May 19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our 2018 spring tour will feature five unique Art Deco residences in Dallas. Prevalent in the 1920s and 30s, this eye catching architectural style typically features curved and glass block walls, round windows and corner steel casement windows. Each tour home has its own distinct signature, representing several neighborhoods across the city.
Attendees are REQUIRED to check in BETWEEN 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. at Robert E. Lee Elementary School at 2911 Delmar Avenue. Street parking is available around the school.
Upon check in route maps and tour programs for the self guided tour will be provided. The tour will not include an architectural symposium and tour properties will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The tour includes four distinctive Art Deco homes and tickets are available here.
$35 for Preservation Dallas members
$50 for non members
Reservations are required and non-refundable.
Featured Properties (to date)
2017 FALL ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Frank Welch In Dallas
Saturday, October 28
It was a brisk Saturday, which lent perfectly to the Frank Welch In Dallas tour as guests joined us for a decade by decade look at Frank Welch’s body of residential projects in Dallas. The timeline took us from the 1960s up to Welch’s contemporary projects which were completed before his passing in June. This once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the evolution of Welch’s style and tour his best designs in Dallas began at the Welch designed Cook Gymnasium at the Lamplighter School with an architectural discussion, moderated by Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News Architecture Critic, that chronicled the development of Welch’s style in Dallas. The panel included architects Mark Gunderson and Scott Marek, long time colleagues of Welch’s, as well as John Hardy who constructed many of Welch’s Texas projects including three of this years tour homes. An optional tour of the 1966 O’Neil Ford designed Lamplighter School added another layer of history to a perfect day.
2017 SPRING ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Saturday, May 6
On May 6, our most popular event was brought back to Downtown with the support of our partner, Downtown Dallas, Inc.. The day began at Main Street Garden where our guests set out on their walking tour of the city’s center. Historic properties included on the tour were the Fidelity Union Buildings (The Mosaic), Lone Star Gas Lofts, LTV Tower, Magnolia Gas Station, Mayflower Building, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Warner Brothers Building (Encore Park), and Dallas Power & Light. The afternoon ended with a party and a view! Our guests ascended to the top of the Dallas Power & Light building for refreshments and reflection of the unparalleled views seen on the tour. Thank you to all of our sponsors, property owners, contributors and volunteers!
2016 FALL ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Honoring the Legacy of Ebby Halliday
Saturday, October 29
Our guests were treated to so many delights on October 29 as we presented the 2016 Fall Architectural Tour-Honoring Ebby Halliday. The day began at Ebby’s house of worship, Central Christian Church, with morning refreshments and a panel discussion against a timeline of Dallas’ architectural and historical developments alongside Ebby’s life (1911-2015) which included tour houses ranging from 1918 to 1966. The panel included Mary Frances Burleson (Ebby Halliday, Realtors CEO), interior designer Mil Bodron, architect Wilson Fuqua, Dr. Evelyn Montgomery, Dallas Heritage Village Curator, and Ebby colleagues Bonnie Bauer, Don Davis, Joe Kobell and Betty Turner.
Our special guest attendee was former First Lady Laura Bush, who was dear friends with Ebby and spoke at her memorial service. Mrs. Bush has also been a longtime friend to preservation guiding the Preserve America campaign while she was in the White House, and later serving as a board member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The tour was chaired by Chris Hickman, John Weber and Bonnie Bauer of Hickman + Weber.
You can see photographs from tour day below.
Featured Houses (click to enlarge images)
Patron level tour tickets included access to an additional tour house PLUS an invitation to the Patron Party at the Hess House on Wednesday, October 26, from 6 – 8 pm.
2016 SPRING ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Preservation Achievement Award Winning Projects
Saturday, May 21
On Saturday, May 21, Preservation Dallas held the Spring Architectural Tour presented by Gables Residential. Six incredible properties were on the tour and all of them were past Preservation Dallas Preservation Achievement Award winners. Guests also got to see one of the newly finished Gables townhouse units in State-Thomas designed to fit in with the historic district. Thank you to all of our sponsors, property owners, contributors and volunteers!
Tour stops included:
|Old Parkland Hospital and Nurses Building|
|The Penthouses at 511 North Akard (1957 Relief and Annuity Building)|
|Parks Estate at 6220 Worth Street|
|203 North Willomet|
Winnetka Historic Church Project
2015 FALL ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Living with History
Saturday, October 31
On October 31, Preservation Dallas, along with David Griffin & Company Realtors and Virginia Cook Realtors, presented the Fall Architectural Tour. This year’s Living With History tour was a dream come true for significant architecture lovers. Our guests were welcomed at Third Church of Christ, Scientist for continental breakfast and a panel discussion. Trinity Trust Foundation President Gail Thomas Ph.D., civic leader/professor Nancy Cain Marcus Ph.D., Dallas Historical Society Executive Director Shannon Roberts and Preservation Dallas Board President Buddy Apple were moderated by KERA’s Jeff Whittington. The panel discussed the importance of history in Dallas. A collection of seven remarkable houses were open for our tour, with an additional eighth home for Patron ticket holders and Sponsors.
2014 SPRING ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
CELEBRATE DOWNTOWN! – Look Local
Saturday, May 2
On Saturday, May 2, Preservation Dallas and Downtown Dallas, Inc. treated over 400 guests to life in the shoes of a true urbanite. The Celebrate Downtown – Look Local tour set out on foot to discover some of Downtown’s landmark residential properties, rooftop patios and terraces, historic pathways and public plazas, with a few surprises along the way. Thank you to all our Sponsors, properties, contributors and volunteers, and to Third Rail Lofts for hosting an incredible wrap up party!
Tour stops included:
400 North Ervay (US Post Office)
2014 FALL ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Grounds for Preservation
Saturday, October 25
On October 25, Preservation Dallas, along with Ralph Randall, Madeline Jobst, JL Forke and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, presented the Fall Architectural Tour. This year’s sell out Grounds For Preservation tour was another dream come true for historic estate (and landscape) lovers. Our guests were welcomed at the Angelika Film Center for continental breakfast and an architectural symposium. Architect Cole Smith, landscape architect John Armstrong and author/historian Michael Hazel provided a unique perspective of this year’s tour homes and then we sent our attendees off to explore. A collection of five remarkable houses were open for our tour, with an additional seventh home for Patron ticket holders and Sponsors.
2014 SPRING ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
State-Thomas Historic District
Sunday, April 13
The afternoon tour begin at Hotel ZaZa Art House and Social Gallery with refreshments and a symposium which laid out the history and development of the State-Thomas neighborhood and its transition to a historic district. The excellent symposium speakers were author and State-Thomas resident Judy Smith Hearst, author Virginia McAlester, and State-Thomas resident Patricia Meadows.
Despite the rainy weather tour participants enjoyed walking the neighborhood to see the collection of four remarkable tour houses, with an additional fifth home for Patron ticket holders and Sponsors.
We were honored to have Gables Residential as our Title Sponsor for the Spring Architectural Tour and thank all of the sponsors for their help in making this tour possible.
2013 FALL ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Saturday, October 26
On October 26 Preservation Dallas and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty presented a mid-century modern enthusiast’s dream come true at the sold out Fall Architectural Tour. Our guests were appropriately welcomed at the 1959 Kalita Humphreys Theater for continental breakfast and an architectural symposium. Dallas Morning News architecture critic, Mark Lamster, architectural historian, Kate Holliday, and architect, Larry Speck, discussed the development and significance of the minimal architecture style. A collection of six remarkable tour houses were open for our tour, with an additional seventh home for Patron ticket holders and Sponsors.
2012 FALL ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Saturday, November 10
For Fall Architectural Tour attendees, Saturday, November 10, began with continental breakfast at the Angelika Theater. Following the breakfast was the architectural symposium featuring keynote speakers renowned Dallas architect Frank Welch, FAIA, and Willis Winters, FAIA, award-winning author, historian and architect. Frank and Willis discussed the development and significant architecture of Greenway Parks. On this perfect fall day six exquisite homes were opened up for the tour, with an additional seventh home for Patron ticket holders and Sponsors.