I love, love, love this event!! If you're not familiar with Swiss Avenue in Dallas let me give you some information!
The following is from the website:
"At the turn of the last century, Robert S. Munger, a successful cotton-gin manufacturer and forward-thinking real-estate developer from an influential Dallas family, had a pioneering vision. And a unique plan. In a city where zoning had yet to be practiced, on any scale, Munger conceived the idea of building a planned, upscale residential community, just east of downtown. His development, Munger Place, was the first deed-restricted neighborhood in Texas. And at its heart, he would build an exclusive enclave of grand and stately homes along Swiss Avenue, stretching from Fitzhugh Avenue at the east, to La Vista Drive at the west.
Swiss Avenue became the first paved street in the entire city of Dallas. The surfacing material selected was bois d’arc block (horseapple tree wood), known for its extreme density and durability. A trolley line was installed to provide residents with convenient transportation to the downtown business and shopping districts, and a railway spur track was laid in what is now the alleyway between Swiss and Gaston, allowing residents who were well-heeled enough to own private rail cars to simply board at the rear of their homes and travel to anyplace the rails could transport them.
So off we went on the tour!
House number one!
This prairie school design was built in 1914 for 16,000. It was built for Texas rancher, Thomas W. Newsome by architect C.P, Sites. Four years later it was sold to Mentor B. Terrill founder of the nationally known Terrill School for Boys, which later became St. Mark's School Of Texas. Through the years the home served as a halfway house for recovering alcoholics and as a boarding school for blind boys. Today it is a single family residence.
My favorite part of the house has to be the beveled glass transom windows on the first and second stories. When you walk in through double doors there are two rooms. On the left is the winter parlor with it's original rock wood fireplace. On the right is a summer parlor.
In the rooms are detailed mouldings which is not true to the prairie style nor are the Grecian columns that were added in the 40's. Unfortunately we were unable to go upstairs. We were bummed.