2012 Fall Home Tour Preview V
Perched high above Kessler Parkway, this 1951 mid-century modern home was designed by prominent Dallas architect Herschel Fischer. Originally 2 bedroom, 1 and ½ bath, the design was heavily influenced after discussion with renowned Bauhaus Movement architect Marcel Breuer. With an addition in the 1960s, the home was on the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Home Tour in the early 1990s.
The current owner began an extensive renovation in 2004. Careful to maintain the original modernist character of the home where a house is a “machine for living”, the current work accentuates the circular flow and highlights the “treehouse” experience.
The home’s exterior is stucco with steel windows and a standing seam metal roof. As part of the current renovation the driveway was replaced and widened adding architectural rock features and cantilevered stairs between levels. Lowering the carport foundation made the space more usable for vehicles and visitors. For aesthetic and practical reasons, the hillside was carved back and river rock retaining walls added.
Arriving at the home, you pass under the structure and ascend cantilevered steps to the front entry platform where you are welcomed by a calming metal tile water feature. On entering, the open-plan living areas feature original slate floors and a wall of original and operable steel windows overlooking the wooded lot. In keeping with the 1950s lifestyle, no doors separate the living, dining, kitchen, and breakfast rooms. The existing patio was expanded and cantilevers dramatically over the driveway. Adding a circular roof window to the living room gave unimpeded sky views. Eclectic artwork graces the home and black granite counters, Kohler fixtures and maple cabinetry continue the sleek clean lines into the renovated kitchen.
Extensive renovations in the bedroom wing showcase a double-height master bedroom with private views into trees and a Zen spa master bath. The second level features a gallery, second bedroom, and studio with views through the trees to the city skyline. From this level a glass-block bridge and steps lead up to the swimming pool level, the highest point of the property, offering expansive city views.