Howard Meyer modern masterpiece in Highland Park deserves right buyer
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.