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House Porn

A sneak peek at the most architecturally significant homes in Dallas

Photo by Selso Garcia
4223 Shorecrest Dr. in Dallas

We don’t know about you, but we like to poke around in other people’s houses. Luckily, November 3-4, we can embrace our inner voyeur and head to the sixth annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, the only citywide tour curated exclusively by architects.

Each house was chosen for its architectural excellence and its ability to express the important role the architect plays in residential design.

The self-guided tour, featuring houses ranging from farmhouse to contemporary, is open to the public from 10 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 in advance for the entire tour, $30 at the door or $10 per house.


Expanses of glass provide ample natural daylight throughout the interior of 4223 Shorecrest Dr., designed by Smitharc Architects. Built with sustainability in mind, the home features geothermal HVAC, 100 percent recyclable zinc metal shingles and locally sourced limestone. 

Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
5002 W. Mockingbird Ln. in Dallas

Originally an unremarkable post-war house, 5002 W. Mockingbird Ln., designed by Victor Sidy, AIA, is now a contemporary work/life complex off a busy street. A series of courtyards links old and new spaces.

Photo by Selso Garcia
7019 Lake Edge Dr. in Dallas

Despite its contemporary design, 7019 Lake Edge Dr., designed by ZERO3 Inc., complements the existing, more traditional neighborhood. The home was designed to showcase the contemporary art collection of its owners.

Thanks to its central courtyard layout, the home is flooded with light during the day, highlighting the many glass sculpture pieces inside.


Photo by Michael Cagle
6947 Coronado Ave. in Dallas

This modern-day farmhouse at 6947 Coronado Ave. was designed by owner and architect Eddie Maestri, AIA. The design was inspired by Maestri's great grandparents’ house in the New Orleans Garden District, as well as the historic four-squares of Old East Dallas.

Antique doors and shutters from New Orleans as well as vintage, reclaimed items and lighting give the house a sense of history.

Photo by Bret Januk
3501 Caruth Blvd. in Dallas

This house at 3501 Caruth Blvd., designed by Tom Reisenbichler, AIA, proves that sustainable design and luxry aren't mutually exclusive. This LEED Gold designed home features photovoltaic solar panels, recycled materials and drought-tolerant native plants. Open plans integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.

Photo by Richard Sharum
6035 Prospect Ave. in Dallas

Hidden behind a large pecan tree and an architectural screen, 6035 Prospect Ave., designed by Nimmo American Studio, blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Among the sustainable design strategies: addressing solar orientation through the careful placement of openings, overhangs and landscaping; utilizing a highly reflective roof membrane; and incorporating porous walkways to reduce the impact of storm runoff.

Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
5035 Horseshoe Trail in Dallas

Designed by Bernbaum Magadini Architects, 5035 Horseshoe Trail is nestled among large oak trees. Open spaces serve to entertain family and friends; the family room opens onto the lap pool and backyard, bringing the outdoors in.

Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
4639 S. Lindhurst Ave. in Dallas

Located in Preston Hollow and designed by Wernerfield, 4639 S. Lindhurst Ave. has a C-shaped courtyard plan that allows views of the large pond from all areas of the home. An internal courtyard features a luxurious outdoor living and pool area secluded from the street.