Fall home-tour season is here

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Nosy much? So are we — which is why we love fall home-tour season. For contemporary lovers, the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS DALLAS TOUR OF HOMES, Nov. 3 and 4, has eight examples. Ogle everything from a modernist farmhouse in East Dallas, right, to a LEED-certified contemporary treehouse in University Park, both residences of their respective architects. The tour kicks off with the Premiere Party, Nov. 1, at Don and Barbara Daseke’s sleek teak house designed by Droese Raney Architecture and featured in May’s FD Luxe. Tour tickets are $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door for an all-house pass and $10 at the door for a one-house pass. Premiere Party tickets are $75 and include tour admission. Details at hometourdallas.com.

Meanwhile, PRESERVATION DALLAS opens the doors of six architecturally significant homes in Greenway Parks on Nov. 10. A morning symposium at Dallas’ Angelika Theatre will feature luminary Dallas architect Frank Welch and City of Dallas Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Willis Winters, followed by the tour. General tickets are $50, or upgrade to a $100 Patron Tour ticket and you will gain access to a seventh tour home as well as the patron party on Nov. 1, hosted at Lael and Peter Brodsky’s Welch-designed home on Wenonah Drive. Details at preservationdallas.org.

Allison V. Smith's Marfa Lights, 2006

Finally, get ready for a road trip. Design Marfa kicks off its first annual MARFA ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN SYMPOSIUM, Nov. 2 to 4. The dusty Texas town with the international arts reputation hosts a weekend of design lectures and a tour of six “uniquely Marfa” residences, including designer Barbara Hill’s famed minimalist pad inside a restored dance hall. Tickets and information at designmarfa.com. While you’re in town, do not miss Dallas photographer and FD Luxe contributor Allison V. Smith’s first major exhibition as part of “PILGRIMAGE MARFA,” on display at the Marfa Contemporary, Oct. 6 to Dec. 21. Information at marfacontemporary.org.

— Christopher Wynn

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