Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society
  • Home
  • Home write-ups

 ln light of COVID-19 health concerns

PCHPS is Proud to Announce the

20th  Anniversary

VIRTUAL Historic Home Tour

Saturday, April 24, 2021

CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets


3805 McFarlin


Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

On Thursday evening December 3, the historic 1933 “Elbert Williams House” at 3805 McFarlin Boulevard in University Park went under contract to Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones. The sellers of the house are the Locke family, (the children of Eugene Locke and Adele Locke Seybold) who have owned the home since 1955. The house had been listed by Allie Beth Allman since late 2019, and had come to the attention of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) as an endangered historic treasure, a likely candidate for demolition due to its site on a 1.15-acre lot on Turtle Creek.

In an effort to bring attention to the importance of this masterpiece of Texas Modern Regional architecture, University Park architect Bobby Clark hatched the idea (and the PCHPS funded the publication) of a book A House for Texas, (authored by local architect Larry Good and photographer Charles Davis Smith), to fully document the home and tell the story of its remarkable design. Although the ultimate use and occupancy of the Elbert Williams/Locke House is yet to be determined by the new owners, Rees-Jones has made the commitment to preserve the house rather than demolish it. The Locke family has expressed how pleased and gratified they are by this act of stewardship. The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society believes this may be the first time that an endangered historic residential landmark has been saved from the wrecking ball in the Park Cities.

The book A House for Texas is available through the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society CLICK TO PURCHASE, and from Interabang Books at 5700 West Lovers Lane. 

Home is sponsored by
Urban Team

Platinum Sponsor


4412 Lakeside


April and Jeffrey Manson

Preeminent architect, Hal Thomson, built this grand dame of eclectic Italian Renaissance architecture in 1918. Deep bracketed eaves, Roman arch windows, a gracious front terrace with balustrade and the unique decorative medallions combine in a distinctive manner. The owners undertook major cosmetic updates in 2018 to restore the interior Venetian plaster, fireplaces, gates, and pool. This family elected to live with prior renovations to this three-story, 103 year-old residence. Bold color, modern art, antiques, elegant fabrics, and other surprising interior design elements make this home feel exciting and intriguing. This classic Hal Thomson residence is a century old exquisite envelope that once opened reveals a modern world inside.

Home is sponsored by
Highland Park Village

Preservation Sponsor

3429 Drexel


Kathryn and Jimmy Ogden

Built in 1921, this home is a rare example of eclectic asymmetrical Italian Renaissance architecture. From its high perch, the residence radiates a stateliness due to the prominent Roman arched entries, beautiful SMU brick, front terrace, and repetitive keystone and window accents. Tiered landscaping in both the front and rear yards provides a classic frame. The exceptional and unusual interior elements, synchronized color palette, retention and replication of original architectural details, coupled with a special focus on landscape make this ninety-nine year old home a genuine marvel. 

Home is sponsored by

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Heritage Sponsor

3400 Drexel


Leonore and Jason Owsley

Built by Walter William Whitley, a prominent local builder, in 1924. Shortly after completion, the home was occupied by Robert Chalmers, who arrived from Scotland to become the dean of St. Matthews Episcopal Cathedral. The symmetrical front fa├žade with accented doorway and evenly spaced windows has characteristics of Colonial Revival architecture, which was popular from 1885-1955. The home was in disrepair when the current owners bought it. They honored the original footprint of the home and renovated the spirit of the home.

Home is sponsored by

Lucinda Buford

Legacy Sponsor


7000 Vassar


Betsy and James Sowell

Surrounded by magnificent towering oak trees, this residence in Volk Estates is situated on approximately two acres. In 1890 the Volk family started their department stores and by 1927 owned a 77-acre area called Brookside, now known as Volk Estates. Architect Gayden Thompson and builder C.B. Christensen completed this eclectic Neoclassical style home in 1940 for Mr. & Mrs. Harold Volk, and The Dallas Morning News selected it as Dallas’ Best Modern House in 1940. The full-height entry porch and four impressive Roman Tuscan columns with Doric capitals define the front elevation as classical, but the interior has countless contemporary touches.

Home is sponsored by

Cynthia Beaird and Christine McKenny
with Allie Beth Allman & Associates

Legacy Sponsor

Read further details in the 2020 AXIS Magazine

 2020 AXIS Magazine

          With Thanks to our Sponsors



                      Heritage Sponsor                                    Platinum Sponsor  


Legacy Sponsors

25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100-286  -  Dallas TX 75205  -  214-528-0021

PCHPS is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization

(C)  2013 Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society 

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software