3 Dallas homes on market with fine lines, nod to history

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by JESSICA ELLIOTT

2822 Maple Springs Blvd., Dallas

It’s a modernist amidst the Tudors of Maple Springs, in Oak Lawn Heights — a Harris Kemp-designed 1942 contemporary that is just as cool as its ’50s successors. The commercial architect’s family home, a historical landmark and one of just three Dallas residences he blueprinted, “really foreshadows the midcentury-modern movement,” real estate agent Tucker Bomar says, about the house’s floor-to-ceiling windows and use of modest materials. “It’s kind of a bachelor pad.” Current owner: Neiman Marcus’ Bill Mackin, whose sophistication is evidenced by sensitive, chic updates, including the continuation of wood paneling and the beautifully spare, stainless-steel kitchen. Might you see yourself breakfasting in the sunroom, with Casablanca on repeat? $585,000, Tucker Bomar with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, 214-803-9781, daveperrymiller.com

3722 Gillon Ave., Highland Park

In 1916, just 13 years after the town of Highland Park was established, Hal Thomson secured a generous three-quarters of an acre and crafted a classic turn-of-the-century estate. “This was among the first homes built” in Highland Park, real estate agent Cynthia Beaird says. Architect Wilson Fuqua oversaw a subsequent, two-year restoration, preserving the Thomson warmth while adding square footage — from a basement wine cellar to a third-floor library — with great attention to detail (example: those floor tiles in the solarium are exact replicas). The home earned the Park Cities Historic & Preservation Society’s honorary landmark and was a stop on the organization’s 2005 home tour. Imagine 1900s grand dames in evening gowns, ascending the entryway staircase’s steps. $8.45 million, Cynthia Beaird with Allie Beth Allman Real Estate, 214-797-1167, alliebethallman.com

6220 Worth St., Dallas

Sitting in the 1922 landmark house originally crafted for Joseph Floyd Parks sends one back in time, “like a page from The Great Gatsby,” architect and preservation expert Norman Alston told FD Luxe in 2008. In the hands of current owners Tom and Kathi Lind, the home — which once served as the East Dallas YMCA — was restored, with Alston’s knowledge of craft, down to every last mission detail, from the pocket doors to the original plasterwork to the facade’s green-and-white-striped awnings. In the end, a piece of neighborhood heritage was salvaged. “It has been an amazing house to live in,” Kathi says. Act fast if you love this historic gem: As of presstime, a contract was pending. $2.199 million, Henda Salmeron with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, 972-949-2974, daveperrymiller.com

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