DTX Comforts of Home 2013
AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Preview

Step inside the most architecturally exceptional residences in Dallas

Kessler Wood Trail, Dallas homes tour
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Wyatt Circle 1, Dallas Homes Tour
Photo by Selso Garcia
Wyatt Circle 2, Dallas homes tour
Photo by Jane Landry, FAIA
Winding Lake, Dallas homes tour
Photo by Jason Smith, AIA
lindenwood living library, dallas homes tour
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
groveland drive, dallas homes tour
Photo by Craig Kuhner
Gillespie UNIT B, Dallas homes tour
Photo by Chris Arrant
gillespie unit c, dallas homes tour
Photo by Craig Kuhner
cherokee trail, dallas homes tour
Photo by Selso Garcia
browning lane, dallas homes tour
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA

Those homes in your dreams? They do exist — and they are probably on the seventh annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, the only local home tour curated by architects.

Spread out from Kessler Park to East Dallas, these houses represent a variety of styles. They were chosen for their architectural excellence and ability to communicate the important role the architect plays in residential design.

Here is an advance look at these architectural stunners, open to the public for a self-guided tour November 2-3, 10 am-5 pm.

Kessler Woods Trail

This sculptural home is a vibrant oasis tucked away from urban life. One part of the home engages the nature preserve to the north of the site; the other acts as an organizing element to the urban edge along the eastern portion of the home. A uniting entryway defines a strong sense of progression into the oasis that lies beyond.

Architect: Domiteaux & Baggett

Project Design Team: Mark Domiteaux, AIA; Laura Baggett, AIA; Doug Payne

Square Footage: 3,000

Year Completed: 2013

Wyatt Circle 1

This home just east of White Rock Lake is perched on one of the highest elevations in the city, with an unobstructed panorama of the natural surroundings.

Composed of stone, brick and stucco, the house is an arrangement of two cores: living and sleeping quarters. To ward off the Texas sun, west-facing overhangs are 7 feet long, and south-facing views are protected with a folded aluminum plate and cantilevered structure from above.

Architect: Welch Architecture

Project Design Team: Clifford Welch, AIA; Dean Bowman; Paul Vetter, AIA

Square Footage: 2,220

Year Completed: 2010

Wyatt Circle 2

This small house sits on a wooded hillside overlooking the rolling landscape near White Rock Lake. It is built in two separate parts that are angled away from each other to create an expansive deck reaching out into the woods.

Sliding glass partitions open the living space out to the landscape, and various species of wood throughout give the space a warm and inviting feel.

Architect: Landry and Landry Architects

Project Design Team: Duane Landry, FAIA; Jane Landry, FAIA; Ellyn Amador

Square Footage: 1,800

Year Completed: 2010

Winding Lake Drive

This multi-functional, sculptural live-work residence caters to the homeowner’s lifestyle. Despite its size, the house manages to scale itself to the site without sacrificing its distinctive presence.

Private areas of the home are set apart from the public space through subtle transitions in transparency. Gradients in the pattern of the exterior façade and carefully placed openings result in a private setting rich in soft, indirect light.

Architect: Smitharc Architects

Project Design Team: Jason Smith, AIA; Signe Smith

Square Footage: 4,800

Year Completed: 2013

Lindenwood Avenue

This home displays a harmonious composition between the exterior and interior environments. Through a simple, straightforward approach, the organization of space is derived from a series of three overlapping volumes of public realm.

This overlapping not only resolves the functions of the house, but it also addresses the corner site and the scale of neighboring homes. Details of the home include a balcony suspended from the roof above and curved ceilings in two of the bedrooms.

Architect: Marc McCollom, AIA

Project Design Team: Mark McCollom, AIA; Beth Steinbauer; Ronald Schmidt

Square Footage: 6,600

Year Completed: 2011

Groveland Drive

Located in Little Forest Hills, this small home was built for an avid gardener. It was designed around several large trees and distinctive garden areas, giving each room a specific relationship to the site.

The house utilizes the play between solid and void as a means of framing specific views, while controlling the amount of direct sunlight that enters the private spaces. 

Architect: TKTR with Thad Reeves, AIA

Project Design Team: Thad Reeves, AIA; Truett Roberts

Square Footage: 1,600

Year Completed: 2010

Gillespie Street Unit B

Built in 1958, this eight-plex was the result of collaboration between local developer Walter Caruth and modernist architect Hershel Fisher, who became known for their signature flat roofs, smooth brick and large expanses of glass in the Turtle Creek/Oak Lawn area.

Two properties, units B and C, represent the finest examples of the renovation that has taken place on the property during the last five years.

Architect: A Gruppo Architects with Heath Macdonald, RA, and Steven Quevedo

Project Design Team: Thad Reeves, AIA; Heath Macdonald, RA; Steven Quevedo

Square Footage: 1,140

Year Completed: 2010


Gillespie Street Unit C

Both units B and C open up the once-enclosed kitchen to create an interior space that fosters a number of configurations and functions. The exterior courtyard washes the units in natural daylight.

Architect: Mitchell Garman Architects

Project Design Team: Kelly D. Mitchell, AIA; Sean K. Garman, AIA

Square Footage: 1,140

Year Completed: 2010

Cherokee Trail

An intersection of two geometries generated by the  pie-shaped lot presented a quandary, but the plan of this house resolves it. A tall connector at the point of entry acts as a pivoting element for the entire composition of the home.

Inside, a catwalk allows for a circulation path that gives the visitor a sense of intersection between the overlapping geometries. The interior entry hall stair wraps a triangular core at this point to mark the intersection between the two grids of the home.

Architect: Susan Appleton

Project Design Team: Duane Landry, FAIA; Jane Landry, FAI; Ellyn Amador

Square Footage: 4,000

Year Completed: 2006

Browning Lane

This modern split level takes full advantage of the site topography and maximizes privacy while maintaining an openness between the living spaces and the adjacent outdoor garden.

Linear cantilevers and deep overhangs provide solar shading for the large expanse of glass embracing the open garden. The living areas expand out through movable glass panels that disappear into the wall pockets, merging the covered terrace seamlessly with the interiors.

Architect: Domiteaux & Baggett

Project Design Team: Mark Domiteaux, AIA; Laura Baggett, AIA; Doug Payne

Square Footage: 4,600

Year Completed: 2010