Phoenix in Dallas

When squatters burnt down the house that previously sat on this property, neighbors bought the lot for $5,000 and the architect among them designed this masterpiece of Prairie-style design and detail. Built around the time Munger Place received its historic designation, it was touted by the press and the mayor as a symbol of the re-emergence of this grand old neighborhood. It was visible proof that a house built in 1980 could conform to historic standards.

Home to a succession of newsmakers – including a symphony conductor, a world-ranked cyclist, and an award-winning investigative reporter – the home still bore a few touches of early 1980s taste when the most-recent owners moved in. These elements were recently updated (and then re-updated when a hot water heater exploded, causing a ceiling to collapse). Following research into the heyday of Arts and Crafts styling, inappropriate features were replaced. Ill-considered floor tiles around the fireplace were exchanged for a period-accurate Rookwood look. Dated paneling and fading wallpaper were removed in favor of patterns authentic to 1910. The kitchen was the latest major undertaking. By removing an oppressive wall that cramped the cooking area, the room was opened up enough to accommodate a glossy, granite-topped island.

While the interior features a well-orchestrated mix of modernity and period details, it is the classic front porch – that talisman of Munger Place life in the past and today – that first charms visitors to this inviting home.