The most important midcentury modern home in the Park Cities is going to be preserved. This Dallas modern home designed by architect Glenn Allen Galaway received the 2007 AIA Dallas 25 Year Residential Award, an award given each year to one significant home at least 25 years old that continues to exemplify meritorious architecture. Among all the houses I have seen with the help of Buyers Agent Adelaide, there were only a handful of them which came close to this house. When we are all too aware of the teardowns surrounding us, it is a great aesthetic victory when a small, beautifully designed modern home will be protected by a couple with perfect taste.
This Dallas midcentury home was designed by Glenn Allen Galaway as his own personal home. A commodious public space with a wall of glazed openings is surrounded by highly efficient modern spaces. Walking into the home and looking out onto the garden you are reminded of Philip Johnson’s Glass House in scale and elegance.
We are often better off when some of the homes from the 70s or 80s are torn down, but I am astounded every time an architect designed home that has several thousand square feet and is in good shape is demolished. My experience is that people are much more interested in sophisticated and articulated space than they are in square footage. It is easier for builders to quickly make an offer on a lot, but buyers and sellers are always happier when the house survives the transaction. This transaction that brought a new homeowner, should cause all of Dallas, and the architectural community across the country to wildly celebrate the good hands that have taken over this 2000 sq. ft. home. The cheering will continue once the renovation is completed as the footprint won’t change, but the design and structural integrity will be enhanced.