Modern House Porn

A voyeur's look inside the best modern homes in Dallas


Lipshy House for Dallas Modern
Photo by Charles Davis Smith
Creek Side for Dallas Modern
Photo by Charles Davis Smith
Farquhar House for Dallas Modern
Photo by Charles Davis Smith
House on the Potomac for Dallas Modern
Photo by Timothy Hursley
Residence for Art for Dallas Modern
Photo by Charles Davis Smith
Beck House for Dallas Modern
Photo by Charles Davis Smith
Oak Court for Dallas Modern
Photo by Kevin Todora
One Arts Penthouse for Dallas Modern
Photo by Charles Davis Smith

Just in time for the giving season, Dallas Architecture Forum has released a new coffee table book called Dallas Modern ($60, available online) that features 20 of the city's premier modern homes. Each chapter of the monograph focuses on an architecturally significant house, with details about the history, design and layouts, as well as color photographs of the interiors and exteriors.

Here's a preview of what's inside:

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Lipshy House
At 63 years old, the Lipshy House's strict modernism has endured on a corner lot in the Greenway Parks neighborhood of Dallas. Designed by Howard Meyer, the Lipshy House has open and flowing floor plans and a geometrical composition that has caused art and architecture historian Rick Bettell to call it “the finest International Modernist house in Texas.”

Creek Side
Architect Bud Oglesby designed Creek Side for his sister in the late 1970s, and she owned the house until it was sold to its current owners, who wanted to make the place their permanent residence. The newly renovated house maintains many of the minimalist touches Oglesby produced as a background for the owners' growing art collection. The blues and greens of the living room are informed by the creek and trees outside the house.

Farquhar Residence
Frank Welch described his approach to creating the Farquhar Residence as a house resting “softly on the earth.” The house is located on a two-and-one-quarter-acre lot with a park-like setting in the Devonshire neighborhood and features a stick ceiling that runs the length of the 20-foot-tall great room.

House on the Potomac
Another Oglesby from the early '70s, the House on the Potomac was completely renovated and expanded in 2004. The original ends of the house were removed due to deterioration and replaced with new structures that connect the house to the surrounding views of Turtle Creek. The architects also developed a multi-story glass and steel curtain wall to further connect the house to the outside.

Residence for Art
When you have a nationally significant contemporary art collection, you need a home worthy of housing it. The Residence for Art's center is designed to showcase art while connecting the various living spaces with a mix of museum-quality lighting and softer, homier fixtures. This 12,500-square-foot house was completed in 2012 and rests on a one-and-a-half-acre lot that features a tributary creek and limestone bluffs.

Beck House
Originally owned by Patty Beck, this house was designed by architect Philip Johnson and completed in 1963. It signifies the beginning of Johnson's move from Miesian rigor to neoclassical Modernism. After falling into disrepair, the house was purchased by its current owners in 2002 and went through an eight-year renovation.

Oak Court
Edward Durell Stone designed Oak Court concurrently with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in the late '50s. The property boasts courtyards and integrated water features, and the exterior has a white terrazzo brick that runs the entirety of the second floor. Inside, the dining room appears to float on water, and the white marble floors attract light into the space.

One Arts Penthouse
This 23rd-floor penthouse in One Arts Plaza features breathtaking views of downtown Dallas, while the interior is a collaboration between the owners and plaza designer Lionel Morrison to showcase the owners' art and furniture collection. The palette features statuary white marble, honed gray granite and white museum-quality walls to bring attention to the art and furniture.

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