A 1920s Dallas Tudor Restored by Cathy Kincaid and Wilson Fuqua

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  1. This house is beyond gorgeous and Andrea, this is your best post yet. Here in Newport Beach it’s the same – but we don’t have the same level of important architecture as other parts of the country. What did Jackie Kennedy say about historic preservation? Something like, “how will we know where we’re going if we don’t know where we are from?” One of your readers will know. Anyway, she saved Grand Central station but sadly not before we lost Penn Station. And we all know the hideous mess that is.

    • “If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for our future. I care desperately about saving old buildings.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

      The Glam Pad

  2. Love the treillage room. It’s one of my favourite images.
    What they are doing in Dallas is appalling. They are tearing down real mansions to build McMansions. Horrible. The new ones will never have the features and quality of construction that the old ones have. It’s obscene to spend that much money on a house to tear it down.

    • Dear Cynthia,

      Sadly it is happening all over the country… Greenwich, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Atlanta… Dallas is just a particularly egregious offender. I desperately wish the historic preservation societies would intervene!

      The Glam Pad

  3. Call me ignorant but I don’t understand why the houses are being exclusively sold as tear-downs? They would turn away buyers who would be interested in renovating?

    If someone who understands the real estate market can explain, I’d be grateful to learn why…..

  4. I can’t believe that they won’t even show those wonderful, gracious old houses! Highland Park will never again be the same – it will just be a subdivision of McMansions. Truly tragic…

  5. I absolutely adore this house. And YES to restoring these beauties! My grandmother’s beautiful 1930 Tudor went to a relative who sold it to developers. They tore it down and built condos. A crime against humanity, in my book.

    • Hi Laura,

      I completely agree with you, a crime against humanity indeed! I don’t understand why the historic preservation society does not do more to protect these homes. In Coral Gables, Florida, where I am living now, there is an ordinance that requires all requests for demolition to be reviewed by the Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board. At that point, the Board may decide to add the property to the list of historic properties. Here is an example of their intervention – http://coralgablesrealestatevault.com/coral-gables-home-designated-historic-plans-to-demolish-are-denied/ I have written extensively about the beautiful historic homes of “The City Beautiful” but if they weren’t so fiercely protected, the same thing would be happening here. Something MUST be done!!!

      The Glam Pad

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home. I can’t beat the thought of tearing them down. I love to see people restore the historical homes. You are right; once they are gone we can’t bring them back.

  7. I agree with all the comments about tearing down the older properties. My daughter and family live in Dallas in one of the old neighborhoods in a 1920s house. In her neighborhood a house can not be remodeled or added onto unless the front elevation remains. The exception is if the house has been condemned and then it can be demolished. She has shown me houses where the front was all that was left and then all new construction was added. In most cases the architecture is relevant to the existing neighborhood. Yesterday when she was driving in Park Cities she sent me a photo of a house that she said was just ugly. It was a new construction after a tear down. It was big square box devoid of any character- I might call it “modern Mediterranean”. My thought about what is going on is that there are people of a different generation and culture that do not appreciate the more gracious lifestyles of the past. Perhaps it is about the money – cheaper to tear down and build a box than renovate. I am confident that there are still enough of us that love the older homes character. Thank you for bringing us together!

  8. The thought of those beautiful historic homes being torn down breaks my heart! The urge to destroy everything old and replace it with something new, big, and flashy is incredibly depressing to me.

    I love the restored house featured here. This is how to do it! Cathy Kincaid is my favorite designer, bar none, and she and Wilson Fuqua are a match made in heaven.

  9. I simply cannot understand how THIS is a tear-down!? It would be one thing if it was damaged beyond repair, eaten my termites and derelict with the roof caving in and no hope for the structure, but THIS!? This is a GEM by all accounts and the fact that it is listed as a tear-down is making me seethe. Sorry. Rant over.

  10. Is there a way to save the Park Cities homes? Is there a historical society in Dallas? The new McMansions that are going up all over Dallas all look the same. They have the appeal of a strip mall.

  11. Shame, shame, shame on Dallas, shame on Texas and shame on anyone who thinks it’s ok to tear down beautiful history anywhere!

  12. Gorgeous home. Not pretentious, kid and dog friendly for sure! One of the best. Thank you for talking about the tear-down problem. It’s a big problem in Chicago, too. We live in a very old home in Kentucky…I do understand that money might be the factor, as there is so much repair and renovation necessary, on top of the price of purchase. Why not just avoid the double cost and tear down? Not to mention hazards like lead paint, asbestos, and mold that might lurk in the older home. I think it’s a labor of love to care for an old house. However probably a bad sign for us as a culture if we tear down so much, as Mrs. Kennedy says!


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