Oak Court, Dallas, TX
Award Type: Honor Award
Taking care of a historic building – that’s stewardship. Returning a landmark to its original beauty – that’s restoration. Adding new features that make a mid-century modernist icon better than ever – that’s magic. Having all three happen at Oak Court – that’s award-winning.
The Dallas house known as Oak Court represents one of modernist architect Edward Durrell Stone's most significant residential projects. Designed in the mid-1950s, the house incorporated the interior courtyards, sunscreens and lavish materials that were hallmarks of its architect. Over the years, a number of alterations destroyed many of the most fundamental design characteristics of Stone's plan. Thanks to new owners, a meticulous restoration has returned this modernist masterpiece to its original grandeur.
Modeled after the architect's design for the U.S. Embassy in New Dehli, the house featured white brick grillework, an iconic dining room that floated on a body of water and the finest of materials including floors of polished white marble, wood accents in Italian walnut and columns wrapped in gold anodized aluminum.
"Modernism is an increasingly important component of preservation," says Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "Oak Court reminds us that good design and beauty are timeless. By faithfully respecting Stone's original work, the owners have set an extraordinary model for others to follow in preserving the architectural landmarks of the modernist era."