Out and About Wright: DFW Modern
UPDATE 2/21: Registration for this event is now full. Contact preservation [at] savewright.org to be put on the wait list.
When Wright first visited in the 1930s, historian Charles Marshall writes, he called Dallas “young and architecturally untouched,” Today, the Dallas-Forth Worth area is home to one of the highest concentrations of world-class architecture in the country. While Wright’s 1930s and ’40s residential and hotel designs for Dallas clients were never built, one private house was completed in 1958, the same year construction began on the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the culmination of a project Wright had been conceiving since 1931. An outpouring of modern architecture followed, both cultural and residential projects by some of the biggest names in architecture.
The Conservancy’s first event in Texas includes a tour of Wright’s theater and a lunchtime program with experts speaking about hopes for its restoration, plus rare tours of the area’s most remarkable private houses by Steven Holl, Richard Meier, Paul Rudolph, Edward Larrabee Barnes, A. Quincy Jones, and Wright apprentices John Rattenbury and W. Kelly Oliver. Masterful buildings by Louis I. Kahn, Tadao Ando, Fay Jones, Renzo Piano and more round out this exceptional program.
Main Event: Saturday, May 4
Depart by bus from the Hotel Indigo at 9 a.m. for a tour that includes the Kalita Humphreys Theater (Wright, 1955) and some of Dallas’ most prominent private residences: Stretto House (Steven Holl, 1991), commissioned by the descendants of Wright’s client Harold Price and a winner of the AIA’s prestigious 25-Year Award; Rachofsky House (Richard Meier, 1991), a residence designed to house a world-class contemporary art collection; Greenlee House (Edward Larrabee Barnes, 1981), the famed New York modernist’s take on Southwestern vernacular architecture; Thielen House (John Rattenbury, 1992), designed by Wright’s apprentice and influenced by his nearby Gillin House; and Lipshy House (Howard Meyer, 1951), one of the finest works by a pioneering and influential Dallas modernist. A lunchtime program features several expert speakers presenting on the Kalita Humphreys Theater restoration efforts. Departs from Hotel Indigo at 9 a.m. and returns approx. 6 p.m. Lunch is included and dinner is on your own.
Thursday, May 2 (attendance strictly limited to first 24 people) — SOLD OUT
A 1.5-hour guided tour of the Bass House (Paul Rudolph, 1972) in Fort Worth is a rare opportunity to see the house Rudolph considered his greatest. One of few outside of Florida, it harks back to his love of Fallingwater, and contains exquisite grounds designed by Robert Zion and Russell Page. Departs from Hotel Indigo at 2 p.m.; returns approx. 5 p.m.
Friday, May 3 (private event for Leadership and Board members)
Members of the Leadership, Clerestory, and Visionary Circles and Conservancy Board are invited to join us for dinner at the Higginbotham House (Lang and Witchell, 1913). Designed by Charles Barglebaugh, a draftsman in Wright’s studio in the early 1900s, it incorporates features from the preliminary plans for Wright’s Heath House and is considered the purest example of Prairie-style residential architecture in Dallas. Departs from Hotel Indigo approx 5 p.m. and returns approx. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
Travel outside Dallas for a tour of the Mitchell House (W. Kelly Oliver, 1974) in Irving, designed by the Wright apprentice who managed construction of the Kalita Humphreys Theater and Gillin House, then head to Fort Worth for a rare tour of the Fuller House (A. Quincy Jones, 1950). One of few houses the celebrated modernist built outside California, it was spared the wrecking ball and recently underwent an award-winning restoration. We’ll also tour two masterworks of museum architecture, the Kimbell Art Museum (Louis I. Kahn, 1972; Renzo Piano, 2013) and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Tadao Ando, 2002), and the Marty Leonard Community Chapel (Fay Jones, 1991), by Wright’s AIA Gold Medal-winning apprentice. Departs from Hotel Indigo at 9 a.m. with a stop at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) at approx. 4:30 p.m. en route back to hotel. Lunch is included.
All tours depart from and return to the Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown (1933 Main St., Dallas). The Beaux Arts hotel was designed by the prominent firm Lang and Witchell and built for Conrad Hilton in 1925. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our attendees stay at the special rate of $115/night. Book by April 17 online or call 214.741.7700 and mention the Frank Lloyd Wright group.
All tours, programs and schedules are subject to change.