Recently I was corresponding with Dallas-based Wilson Fuqua who happens to be my favorite architect. I had been perusing Dallas real estate listings, as I often do, and was shocked to discover the houses that piqued my interest were being advertised as tear downs! As a proponent of historic preservation, this absolutely breaks my heart. These old homes, some dating back to the 1910s, are representative of Dallas’ most beautiful architecture, and they are part of the city’s history. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. And they are typically replaced with supersized, disposable McMansions that are terrible for the environment… Demolition and construction now account for 25% of the solid waste that ends up in U.S. landfills each year (source) not to mention energy costs! Sadly, this phenomenon is happening across the country, and there really is no reason for it, especially when you have an architect in your backyard like Wilson Fuqua who is an expert in historic preservation for modern living.
Today’s home tour is the perfect example… This 1920s Tudor was designed by Hal Thomson, one of Dallas’ most celebrated architects. Fuqua opened up the house, doubling the size of the solarium and linking it to the enclosed porch with steel casement doors — the two spaces where the family mostly entertains. He also added big windows to flood the rooms with light. Interior designer Cathy Kincaid, who has partnered with Fuqua on numerous projects, worked her magic on the interiors. With inspiration for the treillage from Bunny Mellon’s Manhattan townhouse, lustrous finishes on the walls and ceilings in the spirit of Elsie de Wolfe, and an attic bedroom designed as an homage to Sister Parish, this historic home is loaded with timeless, classic charm. It is pretty but not pretentious, designed to be kid and dog friendly, comfortable and cozy. Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna for House Beautiful.
This home was originally featured in the April 2015 issue of House Beautiful. You can read an interview with Cathy Kincaid about the renovation and decoration here. And you can see more historic projects by Kincaid and Fuqua – the dynamic duo – here, here, here, and here.
Examples of historic Dallas (Park Cities neighborhood) gems being sold as teardowns can be seen here, here, here, here, and here. These beautiful homes have a charm that simply cannot be replicated today, and they could be turned into masterpieces – comfortably accommodating today’s modern family – with a little TLC from Wilson Fuqua and Cathy Kincaid.