In researching 1920’s houses, we found some great pictures at the Arts & Crafts Society website! Here we see the built-in bookcase tucked under the staircase, like the one in our house! What a treasure. And take a look at ours, while it’s a far cry from it’s original splendor we can imagine what it … More Details, Details…Stairs and bookcase
As we looked at the columns on the front of the house, we couldn’t figure out whether this was in the original design or if it was modified. The house was built in 1920, so we used our favorite book, A Field Guide to American Houses, by Dallas’ own Virginia Savage McAlester, to do some … More Details, Details….Columns and Capitals
Written by Kristi Lichtenberg, Principal at CCA… After a particularly difficult day of trying to figure out how to restore certain parts of the house that have been worn away by almost 100 years of weather, ground shifting, and living, I was driving home and praying, trying not to let discouragement set in. As I … More Details, Details: The Preservation Society of Dallas
“If you and a French door had a baby, it would be shiplap, ” jokes Chop lines to his wife Jo on the now famous HGTV show Fixer Upper. And we couldn’t agree more. We are in love with the shiplap in our historical house and have spent lots of time watching how Joanna and … More Details, Details…Shiplap
Virginia McAlester’s Field Guide to American Houses is a wonderful key to unlocking the history of the CCA Student Leadership House, along with the history of many other houses in the South Dallas neighborhood! Ms. McAlester is a Dallas native and a member of the Preservation Society of Dallas. Her meticulous attention to detail in … More Details, Details: The best book ever!
In researching houses from the 1920’s, we came across house plans on the Sears Archives that strongly resemble the layout of our house. The Castleton house plans were sold for a whopping $1989, including the cost of the materials! We don’t know for sure that this was the exact plan for our house, but if … More Details, Details: Is this our house plan?