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Howard Meyer modern masterpiece in Highland Park deserves right buyer

Howard Meyer modern masterpiece in Highland Park deserves right buyer

Howard Meyer House
Built in 1938, 4504 Bordeaux Ave. is one of the last remaining iconic Howard Meyer homes still standing in the Park Cities. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
The home has had only two owners, which accounts for its preservation. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
Light pours into the small foyer and living room. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
The home boasts original hardwood floors and impeccable design touches no longer seen in today’s construction. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
Check out the original blue linoleum floors in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
Wraparound casement windows and curved walls are just a couple of the features that make this Howard Meyer gem a midcentury museum. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
This fun bar room has endless potential for entertainers. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
The sunroom brings the outdoors in. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
The backyard pool and patio are shaded by a 150-year-old pecan tree. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House
Howard Meyer House

Modern design enthusiasts no doubt paid attention when Candy’s Dirt revealed that a true architectural masterpiece had hit the Dallas market. Highland Park has no shortage of beautiful homes, but few can claim such historical roots.

The lovingly preserved house at 4504 Bordeax Ave., built in 1938, is one of the oldest surviving examples of Howard Meyer’s renowned modernist designs. It has been owned by only two families, which accounts for its perfect preservation.

 “In my opinion, 4504 Bordeaux is one of the finest examples of international modernism in Dallas,” says Briggs Freeman listing agent Jeff Mitchell.

“In my opinion, 4504 Bordeaux is one of the finest examples of international modernism in Dallas and is one of last remaining iconic Howard Meyer homes still standing in the Park Cities,” says Briggs Freeman listing agent Jeff Mitchell. “Although it was built in the late 1930s, it has a timeless midcentury feel, still sought after by lovers of modern here in Dallas and across the world.”

This 2,884-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath beauty boasts original hardwood floors, wraparound casement windows and impeccable design touches no longer seen in today’s construction.

“The home features beautiful clean lines, but also it also adds more interesting design touches like curved fireplace walls, railings and staircases. It’s a true gem for the lovers of modern design,” Mitchell says.

Once inside, a small foyer flows into the staircase; to the left is a hallway that leads to a bedroom and full bathroom. To the right is the light-filled living room. The kitchen (with original blue linoleum floors), dining room and sunroom complete the first floor. Upstairs are two large bedrooms, both with bathrooms and one with a study. In the backyard, a 150-year-old pecan tree shades the pool and patio.

In an article written for ModernDallas.net, seller Mike Renfro makes his plea that the next owner will remain as steadfast in the preservation of this home as he has been. “For now, the scrapers have been sent packing and the hope lingers on that this wonderful place will now find a buyer with half as much soul as has already been built in by Mr. Meyer,” he writes.

Renfro knows these buyers exist, because he was one of them when he purchased the “teardown” in 1994. The original owner sold to him only because he promised to love it like she did.

The listing shows that Bordeaux is under contract, so let’s hope that someone heard the plea.