2013 Munger Place Days

Historic Home Tour, Wine Walk and Preview of Homes, Symposium, Street Festival and Craft Fair
September 20-22, 2013

Munger Place Days includes a Historic Home Tour, Wine Walk and Preview of Homes, Street Festival and Craft Fair spanning 3 days. We begin on Friday, September 20th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm with our Wine Walk and Tour of homes. You will be touring 7 of our Munger Place Homes during the event. Tickets for this event are $25.00 if purchase in advance or $30.00 the day of the event. On Saturday and Sunday, September 21st & 22nd from 12:00 - 6:00 pm The Tour or Homes and Historic Exhibits will be open to participants. The ticket price for this event will be $12.00 if purchased in advance and $15.00 if purchased the day of the event. On Sunday, September 22nd you can also enjoy our Street Festival and Craft Fair, which will include a Children's Pet Parade, Cookie Contest and Cakewalk. At the Street Festival we will be providing live music, a food truck court, and vendor show including jewelry, home décor, art, and vintage items. The homes that have been chosen for the tour this year have terrific history. View additional information about our event.

Munger Place Days Tour Addresses:

4911 Tremont (Note: September 20th Wine Walk only)
Stepping in from the comfortable, wrap-around porch to the front parlor, you are greeted by the first of this 100-year-old home’s fireplaces. From there, your eye is drawn to the etched-glass pocket door leading into the family’s well-stocked library – a literal oasis in the middle of the house. The wide central hallway accommodates a unique, outsized, circus-themed painting by a friend of the owners, and a chalkboard closet door in the kids’ room allows for their own artistic expression. The boys also have a playroom/study conveniently adjacent to the updated kitchen. Several exterior doorways testify to the neighborhood’s “lean years,” when the house was divided into several apartments. Luckily, the tiger-eye oak fireplace in the front sitting room withstood those times (there are four chimneys, so two other fireplaces were lost), and the handsome beaded-board bookshelves and stained-glass window in this room also evoke the home’s original era.

4937 Worth
With its classic Prairie styling, few visitors guess that this home dates back only to 1985. It was built in the footprint of the previous house that, late in life, had been home to a motorcycle gang that rode their bikes up a ramp into the front door. Eyes are often drawn to the high ceilings, where medallions offset the many fetching light fixtures, and pressed tin contributes a vintage touch to the breakfast area. Interior door frames feature elaborate detailing throughout, and the home’s several pocket doors give the owner a choice between intimate spaces or gracious passage. Walls are hung with original oil paintings on both floors, and the tidy upstairs front balcony is complemented by an inviting back balcony overlooking the pool and a majestic palm tree. Although the pool dressing-area behind the garage is handy, the adjacent dry sauna goes unused through most of the average Dallas summer.

5011 Regier
Lush foliage and a classic exterior give way to a modern floor plan decorated in a tasteful Asian aesthetic. This home is one of several built in the neighborhood at the turn of the century – the year 2000, that is – by a developer better known for expanses of cheek-by-jowl suburbia. Their “experiment in era-style building” here earned a Preservation Dallas award for Best New Construction in a Historic Neighborhood. High arches open up the already comfortable flow of the first floor. Upstairs, four bedrooms radiate from the book-lined central room that serves as reading nook, study area, and family flop-spot. Wide, louvered windows in the master bedroom look across a green treescape, and dust from the master-bathroom remodeling will have been swept away just days before the home tour.

5020 Junius
One of two homes on this year’s tour celebrating a 100th anniversary, the house was built for Dr. Bettison and family, and newspaper clippings document the society teas once hosted here by Mrs. Bettison. On either side of the fireplace, dual doors – now converted to bookshelves – once led to a waiting carriage or car. Inlaid maple floors graced with geometric detailing are complemented by the woodwork of the door frames, stair posts, and baseboards, many of which have been lovingly restored by the current owners. The recently updated kitchen respects the home’s integrity and, although it was a boarding-house for a time, there hasn’t been any significant reconfiguration otherwise. Upstairs sleeping porches that originally stretched across the back have been closed in to form the master bathroom and a large walk-through closet, but a smaller screened porch overlooking the pretty backyard still catches the breeze.

5116 Worth
Even in this neighborhood of stand-out homes, this home is instantly recognized by its demi-lune porches and balconies supported by fluted Corinthian columns. Hanging in the dining room is a framed certificate testifying that the home was Dallas’ 1984 Restoration House of the Year. The owner at that time was one of Dallas’ foremost chefs, and the impressive kitchen reflects his passion. The rest of the home is no less noteworthy, with its high ceilings, flared staircase, solid red-oak flooring, and millwork. A hallway in back leads past a small dry sauna to the backyard pool and separate carriage-house quarters. Upstairs, a multi-room master suite features a bedroom with balcony, a sitting area with wet bar and another balcony, a spacious and recently remodeled bathroom, and a vast stroll-through closet with laundry area

5120 Worth
Upon crossing the threshold of this traditional Prairie-style with wrap-around porch, one quickly senses an artist in residence. Large canvasses adorn many of the walls, and contrasts of light, dark, sunlight, and shadow contribute to the house’s character. Louvered windows stretch the width of the upstairs sitting area, from which French doors open into a painting studio that captures the morning light. A cozy porch off a back bedroom overlooks a small, inviting pool and an “experimental” garden (they’re learning to adapt their Ohio and San Francisco gardening techniques to Dallas). Converted in the 1980s from a duplex back to a single-family home, the floorplan retains elements of different eras, including a central bar, a new/vintage-look downstairs bathroom, a roomy and well-lit kitchen, and a metal spiral staircase to the back bedrooms. Original deed documents provide further perspective on the evolution of Munger Place.

5212 Worth
Visitors to this 1918 home are asked to join in a guessing game called: “where was the dumbwaiter.” This handy feature has been lost in the course of small, successive renovations, but other attractive features – such as the dining-room built-ins and a classic telephone nook – have been preserved. The tastefully modernized kitchen honors the heritage of the house and the spacious back porch with its beaded-board ceiling is among the owners’ favorite hang-outs. Upstairs, the master suite includes a sitting area, a sizeable bathroom with claw-foot tub, and a more-than-generous closet/dressing area. The master also opens onto a wide deck spanning the width of the house. A music room/office features a custom desk to accommodate a bass amp, a drum kit, and other musical accessories. Also of note are Dallas’ shallowest sink, the vintage hand-crank doorbell, and a charming under-stairs grandchild cupboard that would make Harry Potter jealous.