Celebrating Modern Design and Architecture in ONE SQUARE MILE!
Saturday October 1, 2016 was a beautiful day in the high 70s low 80s with a light breeze– perfect weather for a home tour. Crowds of modernists and architectural enthusiasts came in increased numbers over last year’s tour.
With Walnut Hill Elementary (WHE) as the “hub”, many tour goers checked in or purchased their tickets at the cute little Citroen Van “Trucky”. Many patrons chose to enjoy the good weather and the stroll from home to home.
Many people enjoyed the “party” at WHE before visiting the five homes featured on the tour. A DJ provided music while attendees shopped in the Pop-ups featuring clothing from Folksie, Betty Bohling Jewelry and furnishings from Bo Concepts. Tables set up under the live oaks provided a welcoming setting for those who grabbed a bite to eat from Easy Sliders or Ruthies Grilled Cheese food trucks.
The almost completed courtyard (funded by last year’s tour proceeds) was open for the visitors, and it is indeed a tranquil space with the new turf, native plantings, songbirds and shade from the mature trees.
It will be such an asset to the school’s Autism program and other outdoor classroom activities when completely finished. This year’s funds from the 2016 tour are earmarked to complete the courtyard with plantings and to provide other items much needed at the school.
Providing an ADA accessible ramp into the courtyard from the school was one of the costliest items in the scope of work required by DISD. We are very thankful for the generous donations of time and materials from Bill Bibb with Archiverde Landscape Architecture, Texas Lawn Care, Foreverlawn, Coats Homes, and Trees by Woods – Tyson Woods. These donations helped to greatly extend our 2015 budget of $22, 352 for what essentially is an $80K project! Finally, the success of the renovation is credited to Marla and Lance Hartsell who tirelessly worked through INCREDIBLE red tape with DISD to achieve our goals and make the courtyard renovation a reality.
While touring WHE and enjoying the party, some tour goers bought a Vintage Style Christmas tree (ala the Somerton Drive trees from the 60s and 70s) and those proceeds also benefit both WHE and the ENP for WHHA. A few extra trees were produced, so if you missed out, please contact via text or call Erina Alvarado at 469-855-3256 to place an order for a tree.
The stars of the show, the homes which ranged from true Mid-Century Modern homes, some preserved as time capsules and others expanded for twenty-first century family life as well as two new development Modern Homes were open from 10 to 5 pm.
The Braniff home brought to life a part of local Dallas history.
The “Y” home with its MCM vibe appealed to many purist on the tour.
Many enjoyed the Creekside home and the Mimosa/Wine bar provided by Green Bank
Of course the new homes were also favored by many tour goers who are interested in new construction and design. Both of the homes are ideal for entertaining.
One home featured a luxurious kitchen with Poggenpohl cabinets and Miele appliances
and the second home featured a global art collection.
It was a phenomenal tour attended by over 1250 people. The Modern Mile Dallas committee is pleased to announce that we will provide a BIG CHECK to WHE in excess of $23,000 at the courtyard dedication in December. Thanks to all who bought tickets, worked as docents and volunteers and who were sponsors for the event. A special thank you to WHHA resident Ed Murchison with Virginia Cook Realtors who underwrote the title sponsorship for the tour. Here is Ed with the co-founder and president of Modern Mile Dallas, Kathy Adcock-Smith