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Distinguished Architects Honored at Home Tour

04/09/2014

The Crow home will be open to tour on April 12 as part of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society annual home tour. 

When Al McClendon walks in the kitchen of his childhood home, he can still see where he sat at meals with his family. The kitchen in the historic home has since been expanded, but the home’s character and for McClendon, who chairs the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society, the childhood memories remain.

For many historic Park Cities homes restoring them to their original condition is not financially feasible, nor would it make the homes as livable as the owners want. So the Preservation Society advocates that instead of tearing down a decades-old home, owners should contract with architects and builders who have the talent and experience to maintain the bones of the original house, while expanding it to include larger rooms, updated kitchens and baths and even more closets, McClendon said.

Several of the most skilled historic preservation architects will be honored as part of the 12th Annual Historic Home Tour on April 12.

Entitled “Architects of Distinction,” the tour will open homes at 4243 Beverly Drive, by Lucius E. O’Bannon; 4700 Preston Road, by Anton Korn; 4221 Lorraine Avenue, by Clyde H. Griesenbeck; and the Pump House at 5 Willow Wood Circle, by Gary Cunningham with Cunningham Architects.

Harlan Crow, who will open his home to the tour, spoke about the Crow Library at the society’s Third Annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series, held at the Dallas Country Club on April 2.

The tour of the home of the chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings is sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

On Sunday, April 13, an open house features Park Cities properties of historic or architectural significance for sale. Advance tickets for the Home Tour are $20, Day of Home Tour tickets are $25. Advance tickets will be available at Tom Thumb stores in the Park Cities. Proceeds from the luncheon fund scholarships for Highland Park High School seniors who plan to study architecture, history or preservation. For More Information: pchps.org

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