AIA Home Tour Sneak Peek

An advance look at architect-selected residences on Dallas' only citywide home tour

Rosa Road house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Sean Gallagher
Arcady house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Cliff Welch, AIA
Colgate house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Charles Smith, AIA
Currin house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Charles Smith, AIA
Daytonia house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Ira Montgomery
Lomita home on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Michael Cagle
Peavy house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Kurt Griesbach
San Leandro house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Charles Smith, AIA
Valley Ridge house on AIA Dallas Tour of Homes 2014
Photo by Craig Kuhner
AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Premiere Party house
Photo by Charles Smith, AIA

The eighth annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, our only citywide home tour, takes place November 1-2. There are nine featured homes — including the public debut of a recently completed house made from shipping containers — selected by local architects for their outstanding residential architecture. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at any door the weekend of.

The homes reside in neighborhoods across Dallas and represent myriad styles, from midcentury modern to modern villa. This is a sneak peek.


Rosa Road

This house on Rosa Road, just minutes from Preston Hollow, is a modern farmhouse reminiscent of a Napa Valley estate. It was designed as a series of small pavilions connected by glass links; the structures weave their way through existing trees.

Simple board and batten gables structures are married with highly textured landscape elements to create a harmonious visual balance. The light-filled interior contains the owner's collection of paintings and sculpture.

Architect: Olsen Studios

Project Design: Jamie Olsen Ali, AIA

Square Footage: 3,260

Year Completed: 2013


This two-story modern residence, located in a traditional 1930s neighborhood, is designed to be the first LEED Platinum residence in Highland Park (certification pending).

A stone, stucco, and glass facade faces the street and shields large expanses of glass open to the entry court. Beyond the facade, the open living and dining room creates a sense of continuity between the entry and backyard.

Architect: Welch Architecture

Project Design: Cliff Welch, AIA; Paul Vetter, AIA; Dean Bowman; Will Erickson

Square Footage: 3,587

Year Completed: 2014


The clients enlisted the design team to create a casual, comfortable house for a young, active family that still reflects their preferred modern aesthetic.

The clients' love of the outdoors is expressed in the open, transparent and laid-back living spaces that connect directly to the outdoor living environments. Situated in a predominantly traditional neighborhood, the residence balances that traditional vernacular with a play of natural, modern materials.

Architect: Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects

Project Design: Mark Hoesterey, AIA; Enrique Montenegro, AIA; Judith Winchester; Minas Halkias

Square Footage: 5,200

Year Completed: 2013


Howard Meyer designed this house in 1957, and except for a couple of minor renovations, it had remained largely intact. The current homeowner's goal was to respect Meyer's work as much as possible.

Original wood cabinetry and paneling were retained where possible in the main living area, and additions have been minimal, in keeping with the scale of the original home.

Architect: Domiteaux + Baggett Architects

Project Design: Laura Baggett, AIA; Mark Domiteaux, AIA

Square Footage: 2,600

Year Completed: 2012


This home was designed as one wide room so the public spaces would have natural light from three sides — providing plenty of wall space for art and long, interior vistas, which makes the relatively small footprint feel grander.

The public portion of this new home is offset slightly from the private half, providing separate garden spaces for pubic and private use, including "outdoor rooms" for the bedrooms.

Architect: Susan Appleton Architect

Project Design: Susan Appleton, AIA

Square Footage: 1,600

Year Completed: 2014


This Midway Hollow midcentury ranch was renovated in 2013 to add a family room, master suite and porch at the rear of the home. The challenge: to create an addition that wouldn't disturb the newly remodeled kitchen or lose natural light.

The solution: a U-shaped addition around a central courtyard, which is now a frequently used outdoor room that brings light and fresh air into the home.

Architect: Meastri, LLC

Project Design: Eddie Maestri, AIA

Square Footage: 2,332 + 857 (addition)

Year Completed: 2013


This home, known as the PV14 house made from shipping containers, sits at one of the highest elevations in Dallas, directly across from White Rock Park. The goal was to create a structure that responds to its specific location and employs unique technologies not often seen in residential construction.

The house was positioned to take advantage of the views across the lake, over the trees and to downtown Dallas. The primary living areas are elevated, while overhangs and porches shield windows from direct sunlight without obstructing the view.

Architect: M. Gooden Design

Project Design: Michael Gooden, Assoc. AIA

Square Footage: 3,700

Year Completed: 2014

San Leandro

This home in Forest Hills originally was designed and built by architect Stark West in 1965; the current homeowners have collaborated with Shipley Architects for a series of renovations and additions during the last 15 years.

Notable additions include the carport/studio and master bedroom built in the backyard, a two-story "tower," and pool built on the side yard.

Architect: Shipley Architects

Project Design: Dan Shipley, FAIA

Square Footage: 3,500

Year Completed: 2009

Valley Ridge

To preserve the mature trees on the site, the home on Valley Ridge Road comprises a series of courtyards or outdoor rooms paired with indoor living spaces.

Energy-saving features were also incorporated into the design, including 11 geothermal wells, photovoltaic/solar panels on the upper roof and two vegetative roofs above the street-facing facade.

Architect: Todd Hamilton Architect

Project Design: Todd Hamilton, AIA; Ed Nelson; Carol Hermanovski; Bryan Weber; Marcia Zimmerman

Square Footage: 6,000

Year Completed: 2012


This home is not technically on the tour, but this is the site of the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Premiere Party on October 30. Tickets (available for purchase online) are $100 for the public and $75 for AIA members, and each includes one tour pass.

A compound of stone buildings with slate roofs facing the street is a design response chosen to meet the subdivision’s requirement for “traditional” architecture. But the home is decidedly contemporary, with a clear connection to its natural surroundings. A glass foyer bridges a stream, which flows through the house and across the property to the creek.

Architect: Oglesby Greene

Project Design: Graham Greene, AIA; Fred Meyer, AIA; Kraig Post, AIA

Square Footage: 10,400

Year Completed: 2008