Seasonal Decorations, Traditional Architecture Set to Spice Up December 8 Home Tour
Turner House Is Hub for Tour Tickets, Food Trucks, Festivities

(DALLAS) -- The Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association this week announced the list of lovingly restored Prairie and Craftsmen homes slated to ring in the season during this year’s Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour, set for Dec. 8, 2012 from noon to 6 p.m.
The tour, which has kicked off holiday celebrations in North Oak Cliff for more than a quarter century, will feature six beautifully decorated homes, each showcasing the beauty, craftsmanship and charm of one of Dallas’ premiere historic neighborhoods.
This year’s tour will feature 203 North Willomet, 115 North Winnetka, 215 South Edgefield, 221 North Rosemont, 314 North Windomere and 335 South Rosemont ( Proceeds of the tour will benefit the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, a 501(c) 3 established for the purpose of promoting the restoration and preservation of the neighborhood’s historic homes.
“We’re thrilled with the homes that will be represented on the tour this year,” said Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association President Lee Ruiz. “Last year, 600 North Texans attended the tour, which has become one of nation’s most-attended home-preservation and holiday tour events, and this year, we’re expected an even larger audience.”

Advance tickets for the tour are available for $12 on the Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour site (, or in the Bishop Arts District at Hunky’s and Shambhala Body Gallery.Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour for $15 at the tour’s headquarters at Turner House, 401 N. Rosemont Avenue. Several food trucks – including Easy Slider – will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors at Turner House will also be able to participate in a silent auction, enjoy samples from Kessler Cookies, hear carolers and live piano music on the Turner House’s vintage Steinway piano, enjoy a visit from Santa and possibly take home a new family member from an on-site dog adoption fair sponsored by DFW Rescue Me.
“There’s nothing like enjoying beautiful music, candles, lights and decorations in some of Dallas’ loveliest homes to put you in the holiday spirit,” said tour organizer and Winnetka Heights resident Chris Barker. “Come join us on December 8 and give yourself a present – a look at the homes of Christmases past.”

About Winnetka Heights

Advertised as “Dallas’ Ideal Suburb” by the Russell Realty Company in 1911, Winnetka Heights stands as Dallas’ best example of preserved, intact, turn-of-the-century housing. Originally included in the Midway Addition to the city of Oak Cliff in 1890, it was re-platted as Winnetka Heights in 1908.
Four prominent businessmen – L.A. Stemmons; TS. Miller, Jr.; J.P. Blake; and R.S. Waldron – developed the 50-square-block area as a prestigious suburb. Sales were brisk, with several millionaires building opulent Prairie-style homes in the first wave of construction. As time went by, lots were subdivided to allow for the construction of bungalows and cottages. Each home, be it two-story Prairie or bungalow, was constructed with the finest materials and craftsmanship throughout. All the houses had distinctive exteriors and rich details inside.
The first Oak Cliff neighborhood to be rezoned, the Winnetka Heights Historic District was created by the City of Dallas in 1981. Projects of the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association have included park and street beautification, installation of historic street lamps, code enforcement, and Christmas Candlelight home tours. The association is dedicated to the preservation of this area as an enduring symbol of early 20th century life, while ensuring Winnetka Heights remains the most vibrant historic district in the city.