One of Texas’ Most Important Homes Is for Sale in Dallas
You might not know the name David R. Williams, but if you’ve spent any time in Texas, there’s a good chance you know his work.
Considered by many to be the founding father of Texas regional architecture, Williams was born to pioneer parents in a sod dugout. Before his death in 1962, Williams, a native of the Panhandle prairie, made a name for himself by bringing the indigenous style of Texas frontier homes to urban areas, and to Dallas in particular.
The Dallas Morning News recently referred to his most famous house, the sprawling “Urbanized Ranch” in Dallas’ affluent University Park neighborhood, as “one of the most important homes ever built in Texas.”
Built in 1932 for the Mayor of University Park on 1.15 acres overlooking Turtle Creek, this 6,012-square-foot, six-bedroom wonder was Williams last home. It was featured in a 1937 issue of Better Homes & Gardens with the headline “The Ranch-House Goes to Town,” and kicked off a trend of sprawling ranch-style homes that gripped the nation for decades.
The Williams House, as it is known, has long been on Dallas preservationists' list of most-endangered properties, and now it’s on the market with a price befitting its fame: $13.5 million. It’s fate, unfortunately, is now unclear.
"It's very humble, but it has strokes of genius everywhere,” architect J. Wilson Fuqua told the Morning News. "It is the most ingenious, imaginative house I have ever seen. It ranks with Monticello, Mount Vernon. There are few architectural masterpieces of this stature anywhere."
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