Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Homes of Charles Dilbeck

One of my favorite things about living in Dallas' Park Cities pocket is the architecture of the homes. Sure, you'll see the occasional 5,000-square-foot McMansion pop up, but many of the homes still stand where they were built when the community was developed in the early 1900s. 

Some of my favorite were designed by Charles Dilbeck (1907-1990). When I was a little girl, I thought they looked like storybook cottages.


Dallas Morning News

Douglas Newby


As an adult, I can appreciate how Dilbeck broke the mold - he didn't stick to one style. Instead, his look is a mixing pot of everything from French country farmhouses to West Texas ranches. You won't find 20-foot ceilings or media rooms in these homes. They're old but timeless, with a warm and inviting feel. And most come complete with the charming details that are distinctively Dilbeck - exposed wood beams, wood shake roofs, patterned plank ceilings, hammered metal work and extra large fireplaces. 


Douglas Newby

Douglas Newby

Douglas Newby

Douglas Newby

Dilbeck designed more than 450 houses in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow neighborhoods over his career. Visit the intersection of Douglas and Shenandoah - all four corner houses were designed by him! In fact, 4144 Shenandoah was recently on the market and sold within days. Dilbeck built the home in 1935 for oilman James Parker. I wonder who the lucky new owner is? 

Parkieville


To read more about Dilbeck's houses around town, check out Great American Suburbs: The Homes of Park Cities, Dallas. Stroud and I picked up a copy when we bought our home last year. It's loaded with interesting history and inside information on the some of the most recognizable houses, plus a whole chapter dedicated to Dilbeck. 







3 comments:

  1. Wow really different and fun to see! Thanks for your comment on my anniversary post!
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    Maria

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  2. interesting architecture! the homes of Charles Dilbeck really look like storybook cottages. My favorite fairytale house is the Witch's House or the Hansel & Gretel House from Beverly Hills. you can't miss this amazing architecture! The house was bought in 1998 by Michael Libow, a real estate agent and it's currently being renovated.

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  3. My comment may be late but I just want to say that these houses are extraordinarily beautiful. This is definitely the kind of house a little girl would dream to live in with her Prince Charming. From the roof to the smallest detail of the house, it shows uniqueness and simply looks fabulous. How I wish I own one like this. | Lauren Floyd @ TerrellsRoofingOKC.com

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