Woods, Windows, and Wings

Unlike many of the homes in the Munger Place Historic District, 5112 Victor was built as a boarding house in the early 1920s, replacing one that burned to the ground in 1915. Said to be the favorite of engineers working at the Ford Motors plant downtown, the big house offered boarders all the modern conveniences: running water in every room, sleeping porches, easy access to street car lines, and “good meals served in large, cool dining room,” according to a 1923 ad in the Dallas Morning News.

In 1982, the late Raymond Poche and his family embarked on the daunting task of rescuing the vacant house, which had been damaged by fire and neglect. They reconfigured the bedrooms (removing piles of sinks and empty gin bottles in the process) and added a second stairway, but kept the unusual wood trim and original doors with much of their hardware. The paneling in the downstairs hallway came from a nearby office building that was being demolished. Some of the original cast-iron bathroom fixtures remain, as do the fireplaces, which were uncovered by the current owners. Also original are the parlor’s piano windows, pocket doors, and built-in bookcases.