||4837 Tremont St
This classic Craftsman has a generous wraparound porch and large, beamed overhangs that harbor an inviting porch swing and keep the house cooler in the summer. Built in 1913, when Tremont Street was still named Crutcher, this was originally home to traveling salesman Ezra Summers and his wife Beulah. By 1925, Ezra was selling real estate for Collett H. Munger’s realty firm. The Summers family occupied the home for 62 years, and daughter Ione Summers Bloomer taught piano, held recitals, and was occasionally featured in the Dallas Morning News. A 1949 article, for example, details a large gathering in honor of a visiting New York mezzo soprano. The 81-year-old Ione died at home in 1975, just as Munger Place was beginning its renaissance.
Musical symbols feature in several ornamental details in the house. Fittingly, the current owners are also musically inclined, as evidenced by the downstairs music room. Other fine original details include the beamed ceilings; several wide pocket doors; push-button light switches; a large, no-longer-functional radiator; and an immense Hunter Zephair attic fan, visible above the upstairs landing. Also upstairs are the master suite, guest room, and a colorful playroom for the grandkids. The second-floor sleeping porch looks out over a sweeping wisteria to the swimming pool, barbecue cabana, and a rebuilt carriage house which now serves as a changing room. A new fence between the driveway and backyard mirrors Craftsman conventions.