2011 Fall Home Tour Preview V
Lansford - Elmwood
Dallas Morning News Article
This wonderful Spanish-style villa was constructed in 1900 as a convent. For the last 110 years, the house has had various owners, including the City of Dallas. It was also known to have served as a railroad storage depot, a gambling casino, a section of an amusement park, and a speak-easy that was rumored to have been visited by Bonnie and Clyde. This historical treasure was saved from demolition in 1970 and was named “House of the Week” by the Dallas Times Herald in 1973. It occupies 3/4 of an acre of land that includes a creek offering seasonal foliage, beautiful trees, a small detached cottage, and an old water well near the back patio. The current owner has created meditation and sitting gardens that maintain the historic landscape ambiance.
When you enter the house you will find the original brick walls covered with stucco. The two blue glazed fleur de lis on the door to the master bedroom are also original. Wonderful high arches have been created by the current owner and the floors are concrete with Arkansas Pink vintage marble in the foyer, hall bathroom & kitchen. The wood floors are antique shiplap pine from an old sugar mill in East Texas. There are two original functioning fireplaces, original windows, and a cupola tower that has served a variety of functions for each owner including at one time, a cistern. Renovations include a modern kitchen, updated bathroom, and bedroom space. The furniture and artwork compliment the colorful interior and create a calm yet distinguished living experience.
Don’t miss these exciting features: An original pillar from the Trinity River Viaduct stands on the patio, original stonework placed both on the inside and outside walls at various places around the house, winding stone and an original relief stone carving of Bacchus, the God of wine and merriment, on the stone fireplace.