Modernista Mixers

How modernistas get inside Dallas' most architecturally interesting abodes

Greenway Parks residence
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Malone residence
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Malone residence
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Meaders residence
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA

Tuesday, May 5
Greenway Parks Residence

Architect Frank Welch designed this modern residence with traditional touches. At the request of the owners, the home serves as a simple canvas for its art and furnishings.

Rift-cut white oak was used for all doors, cabinets and the front sculptural staircase; Welch calls the finish “crude oil.” Natural and neutral finishes allow the artwork to pop.

Intimate nooks were created for the family’s treasured library of books, as well as for entertaining. A generous Bulthaup kitchen serves as a gathering place for the family and their guests. 

Architect: Frank Welch, FAIA; Scott Marek, AIA

Interior design: Laura Lee Clark Falconer, ASID

Landscape design: Robert Bellamy

Dallas Architecture Forum’s modern living cocktail receptions return for spring 2015, when local modernistas can hang with like-minded enthusiasts at the city’s most architecturally significant homes on May 5, May 19 and June 17. In addition to chatting with the design team, attendees can enjoy sips and snacks while they relish each residence’s unique attributes.

Come and go from 6-8 pm; the design teams give brief remarks around 6:45. Plus: valet. So civilized.

Tuesday, May 19
Malone Cliff View

This contemporary home, a three-story concrete structure on a West Dallas escarpment, affords spectacular views of the Trinity River corridor and downtown Dallas. There are three primary living zones, capped with hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped concrete roof planes cantilevering out to the north. Clad in stone, the building has a sense of permanence, while significant areas of glass provide amazing views. A dramatic circular staircase connects the various living areas.

Architecture: Bill Booziotis, FAIA; Jess Galloway, AIA; Yi Yiu, AIA; Fred Peña

Interior design: Susie Kay

Landscape architecture: Kevin Sloan, ASLA


Wednesday, June 17
Meaders Residence

This home emphasizes the indoor-outdoor connection with custom-fabricated, oversized, steel-framed windows. In addition to 17 large live oaks, the site boasts stone terraces and a koi pond that hugs the cantilevered foundation pool court.

The light-colored interior has 9- to 12-foot ceilings for a sense of openness. The modern furnishings complement the owner's collection of sculpture, painting and photography, which is prominently displayed throughout.

Architecture: Bruce Bernbaum, AIA; Patricia Magadini, AIA

Interior design: Patrick McElwee Design, Sees Design

Landscape architecture: Bruce Berger, ASLA; David Hocker, ASLA


Tickets must be purchased in advance. For a series pass for two, cost is $250 for forum members and $300 for non-members. A series pass for one is $150 for members and $175 for non-members. Individual receptions are $75 each for members and $90 for non-members.