Architectural History

Legendary architect Frank Welch's Dallas home goes on the market

Legendary architect Frank Welch's Dallas home goes on the market

Frank Welch house, exterior
Frank Welch's townhouse, at 3511 Cragmont Ave., was built in 1997. Photo courtesy of Stephen Reed Photography
Frank Welch house, sitting room
Rooms throughout the house have soaring, 11-foot ceilings, which was one of Welch's signatures. Photo courtesy of Stephen Reed Photography
Frank Welch house, fireplace
The home has two fireplaces. Photo courtesy of Stephen Reed Photography
Frank Welch house, bedroom
One of Frank Welch's design hallmarks are rooms that flood with light. Photo courtesy of Stephen Reed Photography
Frank Welch house, porch
The home sits adjacent to the Katy Trail. Photo courtesy of Stephen Reed Photography
Frank Welch house, entry
Lots of glass lets in volumes of light throughout the home. Photo courtesy of Stephen Reed Photography
frank Welch house, kitchen
The kitchen features granite countertops and rift-cut oak cabinetry. Photo courtesy of Stephen Reed Photography
Frank Welch house, exterior
Frank Welch house, sitting room
Frank Welch house, fireplace
Frank Welch house, bedroom
Frank Welch house, porch
Frank Welch house, entry
frank Welch house, kitchen

A piece of architectural history is for sale. Legendary architect Frank D. Welch's Dallas home goes on the market September 25.

The 2,932-square-foot residence is at 3511 Cragmont Ave., in Northern Hills, just outside of Highland Park. Welch lived in the home until his death June 22 at age 90.

Built in 1997, it's a single-family, attached home with three bedrooms, three baths, an elevator and pool, and is surrounded by Ginkgo trees and red oaks. It offers private, gated access to the Katy Trail, two fireplaces, a two-car garage, and his-and-hers separate baths off the master.

Welch is credited with propelling the rise of "Texas Modernism" architecture. He designed homes, commercial buildings, churches, and schools. In Dallas, his body of work includes The Lamplighter School, First United Methodist Church of Richardson, and many private homes.

The residence features many of his trademarks: his signature use of St. Joe brick (from St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. in Pearl River, Louisiana), soaring ceilings, rift-cut oak cabinetry in the kitchen, and lots of glass, including skylights, which let in volumes of light.

"[Welch's] architecture can be characterized as modernism with a Texas accent, buildings that reflect the climate and native materials of the state. At the same time, they quietly bring into people's lives a certain cultural sophistication," says architect Max Levy in a release. "His townhouse on Cragmont Avenue in Dallas is a consummate case in point: an exterior easy on the eye in the glaring sun, and a shady interior of lofty, light-filled spaces, all of it subtly stitched together with refined details. There is something about this place that invites the inhabitation of books, artwork, music, and conviviality."

Welch received the 2017 Texas Medal of the Arts award, joining the ranks of Willie Nelson, Horton Foote, and writer John Graves as the state's most celebrated cultural luminaries.

"His buildings were like him," says architectural historian Stephen Fox in a release. "Low-key and tailored in appearance; energetic, insightful, exuberant, and inspiring in spirit."

The home is listed with Tricia Weiner, of Dallas-based Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, for $1,179,000.

It will be open Sunday, October 1, from 1-4 pm.

For more information, contact Weiner at 214-535-1405 or tricia@daveperrymiller.com.