Thursday, April 22, 2010

White Rock Home Tour - the only thing you should be doing this weekend

I usually give you a few options for the weekend. However, if you read this blog you are likely a lover of mid century modern architecture and furniture. Therefore, the only thing on your to-do list this weekend should be the White Rock Home Tour. There will be 4 MCM homes plus a new-built modern "green" home.

See pictures of the tour homes and where to get tickets here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dallas MCM designation in our future?

I am way, way late talking about this, but Unfair Park back in March had a brief item about creating a MCM designation for homes in Dallas. The Landmark Commission has seen an uptick in MCM homeowners wanting designation, the problem is there are no guidelines to designate what homes would come under an MCM designation. Sure, we don't want to include every single run of the mill rancher, but there are definitely MCM homes worth saving. Go to the White Rock Home Tour this weekend and you will see what I am talking about.

Read the full post here. Here's hoping that like minded lovers of MCM will band together to try to save these examples of American architecture with as much gusto as others have devoted to saving the homes in the Swiss Ave. area.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

What would a renovation of the Statler Hilton look like?

I've talked about the Statler Hilton Hotel before here and here. The Statler Hilton, also known as the Dallas Grand Hotel is a MCM hotel that borders the newly opened Main Street Gardens. Robert Wilonsky on the Dallas Observer's Unfair Park has followed the story of the Statler and the attempts to reopen the hotel or convert it to lofts, apartments, etc. As part of the marketing for Main Street Gardens, Merriman Associates created this nice video about what a potential renovation of the Statler could look like.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Weekend Plans

1. Saturday from 2-8pm is the DADA gallery walk. Details here. You will be able to park and walk to many of the galleries on the tour.

2. Sunday is the One Arts Plaza Block Party - restaurants at One Art Plaza will be having culinary demonstrations, there will be artisans selling their wares, and dancers at Dance for the Planet next door at Booker T. Washington High School.

3. If music is more your thing, head over to Sons of Hermann Hall on Saturday night to hear Salim Nourallah and the Roamin' Hitchhikers (a.k.a. Old 97s).

Sunday, April 11, 2010

MCM House For Sale - Or please buy this so I don't have to.

9745 Wisterwood - This house is just a few streets away from me in White Rock Valley North. It is a fully renovated 1600 sqft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath Ju-Nel home. If this had been on the market a few years ago, I would have bought it in a heartbeat. However, if anyone wants to buy my MCM so I can buy this one, email me. Learn more about Ju-Nel homes here and see more pictures of this home here.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

48 Nights at Sylvan Thirty

Tomorrow night The Architect and I will be dining at the pop-up restaurant 48 Nights at Sylvan Thirty. What is this pop-up restaurant thingy? From the horse's mouth:

"Dallas area restaurateurs Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke and Tim Byres, together with the Mass Care Task Force (American Red Cross Dallas Area Chapter, North Texas Food Bank, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Area Command, and Volunteer Center of North Texas), present 48 nights @ SYLVAN | THIRTY; proceeds from which will benefit the efforts of the Mass Care Task Force to increase North Texas’ level of disaster preparedness."

The restaurant is open 2 nights a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) with a different chef and menu each week. There are 2 seatings each night with 30 guests at each seating. 75 bucks gets you valet parking, a pre-dinner reception with wine/beer and appetizers, and a price fixe dinner menu. If you want wine/beer with dinner that is BYOB. A few days before the event, a menu will be mailed to you.

Find out more about 48 nights and make reservations here. 48 nights closes in July.