Spotlight: Architecturally Important Homes in Dallas

By Salah Izzedin

Dallas residents know their city is bursting with architectural gems, from the I.M. Pei-designed Fountain Place to the skyline-dominating Chase Tower to the stunning turn-of-the-century Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe.

But did you know that Dallas is also home to some of the most architecturally important private residences in the country? Douglas Newby & Associates of Dallas have made it their mission to identify and preserve architecturally significant homes in the Dallas area, and have compiled a nationally-recognized list of the top 100 homes that meet their criteria. 

The vast list showcases homes that vary greatly in design, period, location, and size, but all are true architect-designed masterpieces of Dallas’ elite neighborhoods. Here are my top five favorites from the list.

Best Style Blend

Sugar Creek

By Fitzpatrick Architects (Dallas)

Exterior of Sugar House in Dallas shows very modern architecture with asymmetric roof
Interior of Sugar Creek house in Dallas showing modern decor and wooden flooring.
Exterior and interior views of Sugar Creek home outside of Tyler, Texas. Images courtesy of

Sugar Creek is a unique home outside of Tyler that is a blend of desirable features. While referencing the ever-popular mid-century modern aesthetic, the home also honors its natural surroundings and East Texas pedigree with its liberal use of natural woods and rustic stonework. The building itself is designed to maximize efficiency and minimize maintenance. 

The bold yet unassuming exterior belies a spacious interior bathed in natural light from huge windows. Large overhangs protect the windows and provide shade.

Best Green House


interior of Stonegate house with long planters and wooden floors
Stonegate house in Dallas with large windows and plants out front
Stonegate Residence exterior and interior. Images courtesy of

Stonegate Residence was designed with sustainability as the top priority. Incredibly, the ranch-style home produces five times more energy than it uses! The beautiful modern home owes its pure aesthetic to Usonian design philosophy.

A flat roof, passive solar heating, and large windows and doorways contribute large amounts of natural light and a cohesive transition from interior to exterior. 

Though completed in 2020, Stonegate’s sustainability journey continues, with the project aiming for quadruple energy certification, to include dual LEEDS certification, Energy Star, and Green Built Dallas. 

Best Small Space

Five House

By M Gooden Design

a modern tiny home in Dallas with wooden walkway
interior of Five House in Dallas has minimalist furniture and bowl of fruit on table
Five House exterior and interior. Images courtesy of

Five House on Roberts Street, so named for its adherence to a five-foot planning grid, is actually an accessory dwelling adjacent to the 1949-built main residence. The tiny addition is a continuation of the main home’s mid century modern design with simple forms and pleasing proportions. Pitched ceilings and an angled roof create the illusion of more space. 

Designed for outdoor living and entertaining, Five House features plenty of deck space and a kitchen/living area that leads directly out to a linear pool deck. Shades offer residents the ability to customize privacy and lighting.

Best Restoration

Crespi Hicks Estate Home

Original design: Maurice Fatio

Renovation architect: Peter Marino

Front view of Crespi Hicks Estate Home in Dallas shows large white house with extensive grounds
Elegantly decorated interior room of Crespi Hicks Estate in Dallas
Crespi Hicks Estate exterior and interior. Images courtesy of Douglas Newby.

There’s no doubt about it, Crespi Hicks Estate House is one of the grandest and most significant homes in Dallas, if not the country–and that’s just the main house! The sprawling estate features not one, but two guest houses, a pool house, and tennis courts. 

Crespi Hicks was given a complete overhaul by Dallas architect Peter Marino, who redesigned everything from the lush grounds to the pool tile. While keeping a modern eye toward environmentally friendly restoration, Marino intended to honor the vision of the Estate’s original designer, the famed New York architect Maurice Fatio. 

Its current iteration is, in fact, its third renovation, and the results are incredible: elegant, inviting, warm, functional, and drop-dead gorgeous, it is a country haven in the middle of a bustling metropolis.

For more info on the history of this remarkable site (and some drool-worthy pictures), visit their website.

Best Dual-Purpose

Wickmere Mews

By DSGN Associates

Exterior of Wickmere Mews in Dallas shows very modern-looking building with large windows
Interior of Wickmere Mews with bare floors and industrial decor
Wickmere Mews exterior and interior. Images courtesy of

Wickmere Mews is a single-family unit attached to a townhome complex. Located east of the Trinity River, the home makes creative use of a small lot and complements the neighboring townhomes. 

The building does double-duty as a private gallery, as it was primarily designed to showcase the owner’s impressive contemporary art collection. A light wood and steel palette and plenty of natural light from large windows let the paintings do the talking. A rooftop deck offers spectacular 360 degree views of the Dallas Skyline. 

So Much More To See

Many of these homes are open to the public for touring during the annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. The AIA tour is the only city-wide home tour in Dallas, and is scheduled to take place November 5 and 6. They will offer in-person and digital tours of the submitted homes, highlighting excellence in local residential design. If you’re looking for inspiration or hoping to meet with the masters, visit their website for information and to buy tickets. 

cartoon avatar of Salah Izzedin

About Salah Izzedin

Salah Izzedin has lived in Dallas for over thirty years. He is a successful entrepreneur and loves exploring all this beautiful city has to offer. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s