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Guests enjoyed a great day for touring several Modern Masterpieces in Dallas! The day started out with a fascinating lecture about the start of modern architecture in Dallas and how Dallas came to have such incredible modern designs from 1950s to 1970s. The featured speakers for the discussion included Marsha Prior, Ph.D., an urban anthropologist and a preservation planner for the City of Dallas, and Bang Dang, an architect and an architecture professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. They did a great job of setting the tone for the day and seeing the wonderful collection houses on the tour. To view their presentations go here.
This year the houses included the 1965 Shwiff House with its sunken fire pit and amazing oasis of a backyard, the 1977 gem of a town home with an incredible sky lit living space designed by HKS Architects founder Harwood K. Smith for his personal use, the rarely seen 1970 Eugene and Margaret McDermott House designed by Scott Lyons with a unique simplicity for showcasing art and the beautiful landscape design by Arthur and Marie Berger, and the chance to visit one of O’Neil Ford’s most impressive residential works with the 1958 Haggerty House featuring amazing work by his brother Lynn Ford and even an indoor pool with marine inspired Tom Stell mosaics.