Cocktails and clean lines

These tours of modern homes in Dallas double as evening cocktail parties

These tours of modern homes in Dallas double as cocktail parties

Bridge Hollow Residence
The Bridge Hollow residence pays homage to both the early Texas modern architecture of David R. Williams, O'Neil Ford, and Frank Welch and the classical Texas architecture of John Staub. Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Bridge Hollow Residence kitchen
The material palette of the Bridge Hollow home and the landscape is elegant and spare: Leuders limestone, stucco walls, water, metal, glass, IPE wood, gravel and light. Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Crescent Residence
The Crescent residence sits on a beautiful wooded site with rolling topography and mature trees and was designed to save these trees and topographic features. Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Crescent residence interior
Entering the Crescent house, a vintage midcentury modern chandelier welcomes guests in the vast hall.  Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Wildwood residence
The Wildwood residence brings the outdoors in as it sits nestled in a heavily forested area of Bluffview.  Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Wildwood residence interior
The sitting area of the Wildwood residence includes a bar and wine display wall and exotic iron red granite.  Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Bridge Hollow Residence
Bridge Hollow Residence kitchen
Crescent Residence
Crescent residence interior
Wildwood residence
Wildwood residence interior

There's only one Dallas home tour where you can hold a cocktail in one hand, mini quiche in another, and listen to some of the best modern designers in Dallas talk about some of the best modern homes.

The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 365 Modern Living Cocktail Series begins its first of three such events on May 21, from 6 to 8 pm. Three evenings, three houses, and three opportunities to learn about some of the most exquisite homes in Dallas. 

This year’s theme is “I want that.” (Just kidding.) It's actually Modern Living Every Day of the Year. This series tends to sell out, so don't delay reserving your spot if you love clean design, thoughtful architecture, and cocktails.

Each evening there will be a short presentation from the designers of the homes. The creativity and attention to detail that goes into every inch of these residences will inspire anyone. Here are basic details about each one.

Bridge Hollow residence
May 21, 6-8 pm

The Forum says, “The Bridge Hollow residence pays homage to both the early Texas modern architecture of David R. Williams, O’Neil Ford and Frank Welch and the classical Texas architecture of John Staub.”

Notable details:

  • Designed around the courtyard and majestic Texas sunsets.
  • 9,000 square feet
  • Features include a loggia, reflecting pool, subterranean motor court, zero edge pool, custom wood ceilings, leather paneled walls, and a stunning library with orange lacquered walls.

Architecture: SHM Architects, David Stocker (AIA – Design Architect), Philip Pitzer (Project Architect); Interior Design: Neal Stewart Designs, Neal Stewart (Principal Designer), Ann Reidel (Associate Designer); Landscape Architecture: MESA, Mary Ellen Cowan (ASLA); Contractor: Sebastian Construction Group, John Sebastian

The Crescent residence
June 4, 6-8 pm

The Forum says, “Crescent residence sits on a beautiful wooded site with rolling topography and mature trees and was designed in these trees and topographic features.”

Notable details:

  • It’s all about the trees.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows make the site and the space seamless.
  • The water feature out front is beautiful and functional. It’s like noise-cancelling headphones for the house.
  • It’s quiet. It’s secluded.
  • Materials used include bleached white oak paneling, antique limestone, Pennsylvania bluestone, shell stone, and weathered zinc on the overhangs.

Architecture: Cunningham Architects, Gary Cunningham (FAIA), Michael Bessner (Assoc. AIA), Tom Dohearty (AIA), Sharon Odom (AIA); Interior Design: Shannon Bowers Design, Shannon Bowers (RID), Marci Thomas (RID); Landscape Architecture: Hocker Design Group, David Hocker (FASLA), Ashlee Lehmann (ASLA); Genteral Contractors: S.H. McCombs Company, Inc., Steve McCombs, Vaughn Shadle and Webster Street, Inc., George Bramblett

Wildwood residence
June 13, 6-8 pm

The Forum says, “The Wildwood residence brings the outdoors in as it sits nestled in a heavily forested area of Bluffview.”

Notable details:

  • The entryway features an 11-foot iridescent chandelier.
  • The bar has exotic iron red granite countertops.
  • There’s an art glass wall.
  • Monolithic is used to describe the rectangular granite block water feature.

Architecture: Bernbaum/Magadini Architects, Patricia Magadini (AIA Design Architect), Bruce Bernbaum (AIA), Dan Typaldos (AIA Project Architects); Interior Design, Rick Rozas, Rick Rozas (Designer); Landscape Architecture, Hocker Design Group, David Hocker (ASLA)

Admission is $90 per person for Forum members, or $110 for non-members per person per event. Admission for the series of three events for Forum members is $230 for one person or $360 for two people.  Non-member Series pricing is $275 for one person or $425 for two people. Tickets are available on the Forum's website.

Those who purchase admission will receive confirmation from the Forum, including address, and valet parking information.

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A version of this story originally was published on CandysDirt.com.