Park Cities Car Show and Historic Home Tour Events Kick Off This Weekend

Proceeds from the Preservation Park Cities’ annual Car Show and Historic Home Tour help further Preservation Park Cities’ mission to celebrate and promote the preservation of Park Cities architecture, history, aesthetics, and cultural traditions.

The two Park Cities communities in Dallas County, Texas include the Town of Highland Park and the City of University Park.

Free and open to the public, the Car Show is Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Burleson Park, 3000 University Boulevard, Dallas, TX  75205. (Rain date Saturday, May 6).  You can register a car or motorcycle up until the day of subject to space availability.  Details here

This year’s historic home tour video features an intimate look inside four homes.  Each showcases a different architectural style with rich history and provides a wonderful example of how architecturally significant homes can be renovated to fit the needs of today.  The Historic Home Tour Video presentation may be viewed May 4-11 from the comfort of your own home.  Digital access is $25.  Ticket packages are also available to include the May 1st Patron Premier Party and May 3rd Underwriter’s Party.

Full descriptions are in the Heritage magazine, soon to be available to the public on the Preservation Park Cities website after the Home Tour.  The descriptions of the homes included here, courtesy of Joan Clark, photots by Danny Piassick.

4145 Shenandoah Avenue

This home is situated on an iconic corner in University Park fondly known as the “Four Sisters”. All four homes at this intersection were built by Charles Dilbeck. Active from 1932-1969, Dilbeck is the author of between 400-600 Dallas residences and was the most admired architect of his era. Hallmarks of his idiosyncratic creations include asymmetrical and complex floor plans infused with the rough-hewn character of a Norman cottage. 4145 Shenandoah represents a fine-tuned creation from Dillbeck’s French eclectic repertoire.  As vigilant stewards of their Dilbeck home, its owners have kept original details like strapping hinges, unusual stucco finishes, intage light fixtures and original cypress windows.

4405 Highland Drive

This Georgian eclectic style home has undergone a thorough transformation. Only a few vestiges of the original interior footprint remain. Reconfiguring the space allowed the owners to effectively modernize and edit the rooms in a delightful and amazing fashion. Its grand reveal is presented on the video home tour.

4271 Bordeaux Avenue

This superb Italian Renaissance home was completed in 1930 by legendary architect Hal Thomson. The exquisite proportions and materials combined with the subtle detailing emphasize the importance of this dignified residence. In the 1980’s, the home was enlarged and the property was extended to the corner. Richard Drummond Davis supervised the addition in a sensitive way so that it blends flawlessly with the original home. From top to bottom this stunning Hal Thomson structure is an irreplaceable part of Highland Park history and has benefited from brilliant updates and appropriate landscaping. The community is fortunate to still have an Italian palazzo of such exquisite quality in its midst.

 4319 Versailles Avenue

James Duff designed more than 90 homes in the Park Cities between 1936 & 1940 and built 4319 Versailles in 1936 as a modern yet classical Georgian style red brick home with quintessential exterior elements.  A tremendous amount of thought and planning preceded its remodel to lend classic elegance with an unforgettable contemporary interior.  Paint treatments, hardware, fabric and floor coverings blend together with fine precision.

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