What do you love about residential architecture in Dallas?
”Dallas residential architecture represents a wide diversity of architects and styles that collectively create a rich and meaningful architectural fabric and heritage.”
”Our neighborhoods include carefully crafted and well-executed examples of every imaginable historical style. Highland Park and Lakewood neighborhoods contain beautiful examples of Spanish Colonial Revival, Mediterranean and Romaneseque, imported from early Beverly Hills and Southern California by Architects such as Clifford Hutsell and Charles Dilbeck. Craftsman and Prairie Style homes at every scale are scattered throughout the city. Our collection of Texas regional modernism is unprecedented, with residences rooted in our own distinct climate, context and culture by Architects such as David Williams, O’Neil Ford, Bud Ogelsby and Frank Welch. This local regionalism seamlessly blends with the early to mid-century modernism coming out of the East and West Coasts in the work of Howard Meyer, Arch Swank, Scott Lyons and E.G. Hamilton just to name a few. Internationally renown architects such as Antoine Predock, Robert Stern, Richard Meyer, Edward Durrell Stone and Stephen Holl have all contributed to the residential collection.”
“Exciting and innovative projects are continuing to emerge through the work of my colleagues and contemporaries as we break new ground and set new precedent for the residential architecture that will influence the next generation. With its rich architectural heritage Dallas continues to be an exciting and inspirational place to practice architecture.”
Cliff Welch, AIA
Lester Cox joins WELCH | HALL architects as a Registered Architect with a strong design and construction background. His experience encompasses a diverse range of project types and sizes including commercial, institutional, municipal, adaptive reuse and renovation projects. As a project manager and designer, several of his projects with DSGN Associates and Oglesby-Greene have been recognized with design awards from industry and professional organizations.
Lester is a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction.
In his free time, he is active in the Richardson, Texas community including FUMC Richardson and the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves as Scoutmaster of Troop 444 and is a member of the District Leadership Committee. He is the father of an Eagle Scout and a First Class Scout. He is a member of the Corinthian Sailing Club at White Rock Lake and enjoys sailing.
DALLAS HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM
Designed by Scott Hall while a Principal at Omniplan Architects
Officially opened to the Public on September 18th.
Scott and his team’s design vision for the museum was "to create a deep and authentic experiential journey that grapples with the most difficult and perplexing issues plaguing humanity". The Museum’s mission is to encourage individuals to become upstanders in support of human rights. The LEED Certified Museum is located in the Historic West End District of Downtown Dallas, an urban site near Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum as well as a light rail transit station. Strict architectural design criteria dictate an urban building mass, metal and masonry materiality, and sensitivity to the historic character of the district.
Check out these articles about the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
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THE BOARDWALK AT GRANITE PARK
2019 Dallas AIA Design Award Juror Citation
Designed by Scott Hall while a Principal at Omniplan Architects
LAKE HOUSES & MOUNTAIN HOMES
Second homes, whether they be located on a nearby Texas Lake, in the mountains, or nestled into a canyon outside of Napa Valley, have become an increasing growing part of our practice.
Nearly 3 decades ago, Cliff had the opportunity of working on a family retreat on a private lake in East Texas for Henry C. Beck, Jr, while working as an Architect with the late Bud Ogelsby. After starting Welch Architecture in 2000, we have had several opportunities to continue work on weekend and vacation homes, as well as some primary residences in beautiful locations, such as overlooking Tiburan Bay just outside of San Francisco, to overlooking the Tetons in Wyoming.
EAST TEXAS LAKE HOUSE
An East Texas weekend get away designed for the late Henry C. Beck, Jr. in 1991. The residence was broken down into 4 separate structures, the main living and gathering space, a master suite, and two guest cabins, all connected by exterior decks and wallkways, tucked under a canopy of East Texas Pines. Exterior materials include locally harvested pine columns, bleached redwood siding, local stone, and paint grip metal roofing.
Dallas American Institute of Architects Honor Award 1991
Ogelsby Group Architects, Cliff Welch AIA, Project Architect
Recognized today as one of the great masters of modern architecture, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was born in Kuortane, Finland. During a long and prolific career, Aalto designed buildings for almost all key public institutions, as well as standardized housing and private homes, leaving a legacy of lasting resonance.
Aalto’s architecture is distinctively Finnish, strongly individual, and marked by a warm humanity. His buildings derive their aesthetic character from their dynamic relationship with their natural surroundings, their human scale, superbly executed details, unique treatment of materials, and ingenious use of lighting.
Aalto began designing furnishings as a natural extension of his architectural thinking. His first modern piece of furniture was created in 1931-32 for the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland. Through his innovations in form and line, Alvar Aalto’s name has also become important in the history of design. His contribution to furniture design was among his foremost achievements .
Jason Kowalski was raised in the Upper Midwest and moved to Laguna Beach, CA in 2005 to study painting at Laguna College of Art and Design. Jason’s professional career began with great success when his first solo exhibition at Terrence Rogers Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA sold out in the first two weeks. In 2009, Jason received his Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Laguna College of Art and Design. Jason, his wife Maria, sons Wyeth and Anson, and daughter Swayze live on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Monument, Colorado. There he finds inspiration in the beauty of the mountain landscape to the west, foothills and rock outcroppings to the north, and rolling plains to the east. In talking about his work, Jason states, “I am interested in objects that have a past. Their story is often forgotten and their characteristics of being worn out, broken and old are commonly seen as unattractive. My goal is to create art that challenges viewers to see the unique beauty found in worn and castaway objects.”
Elbert grew up in the Dallas area. Her early influences include Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, and Jimi Hendrix. She recorded her first album Bright Side while in high school, paid for by local gigs and crowd-funding, and began touring the U.S. independently. At 18, Elbert was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. She tours nationally and internationally,
Named among the “Best of L.A. Music”, by L.A. Weekly, noting that “Elbert would be considered remarkable just for her guitar playing, which segues from hard-edged funk and blues to subtle jazz intricacy. But she’s an equally adept vocalist, weaving her soulful phrasing nimbly within the rhythms of her guitar chords.” In addition to her solo work, Emily has contributed her voice and guitar to projects by Esperanza Spalding, Dweezil Zappa, and Phish’s Mike Gordon, and co-wrote Bruno Major's viral hit “Easily.” On tour, she has opened for artists like G. Love & Special Sauce, Emily King, Leon Russell, and Richie Havens, and played 1200+ independent shows in 30 countries around the world.
Emily provides both a thoughtful meditation on the status quo and heartening call-to-action for our inner activist. In a merging of groove-laden soul and introspective folk styles. She shares her reflections on today’s political climate, and also brings a new light to the work of revolutionary artists like Marvin Gaye and Pete Seeger. In intimate, stripped recordings, Elbert’s voice and guitar work serve as clear channels for messages of peace and justice, as relevant now as ever before.
WORD OF GOD SHREVEPORT
This church community, founded 25 years ago as a place to foster a diverse community of Ethnic, Social/Economic and Religious backgrounds, envisioned a need for expanded facilities to support growing ministries on its 148-acre campus. The expansion need encompasses additional worship capacity and flexible meeting space, a new elementary school and additional parking. A recreational field complex is planned and influences the masterplan solution. The project maximizes efficiency in circulation and arrangement of rooms as well as convenient parking dispersement. It considers future growth providing space for Middle and High School expansion.
The aesthetic considers its place, incorporating regional materials, familiar architectural forms and consideration for the local climate (abundant seasonal rain and hot, sunny days).
LOFTS AND HIGH RISE LIVING
Design opportunities don’t necessarily begin with an empty lot, with the growth of our city and surrounding areas, urban living is an increasing market among all ages and demographics. We have been fortunate to work with great clients on a diverse mix of interior residences, ranging from lofts in Deep Ellum and Uptown to high rise units both Downtown and along Turtle Creek, each providing their own design challenges and unique opportunities.
ARTS DISTRICT RESIDENCE
Working in close collaboration with Lynch Eisinger Design Architects, New York, WELCH | HALL served as the local architect for this 3,200 sf high-rise apartment for art collectors, located in the heart of the Arts and Museum District. Cypress, walnut, glass and blued steel provide a rich backdrop for the owner’s private art collection ( not shown) and breathtaking views of the Dallas Skyline. The interior space is framed by planes and volumes of varied texture and material, creating a rich but subtle background for the works displayed and the domestic program.
GOLDCREST | HIGH RISE RESIDENCE ON TURTLE CREEK
Originally designed by noted Dallas Architect George Dahl, The Gold Crest is one of the most architecturally significant buildings on Turtle Creek Boulevard. Our recently completed fourth floor residence takes its design inspiration from the historic 1965 iconic high rise it is housed within.
Arty Grimm currently has an exhibit at Caldwell Snyder Gallery in San Francisco, titled “Recent Paintings.” The exhibit is running through August 10.
See more information about the exhibit and her work here.
WHAT MAKES A HOME MEANINGFUL?
Dieter Rams has inspired not just us, but an entire generation of designers. He was one of the spearheads for modernist design, joining Braun in 1955 as an architect and interior designer and later becoming the chief design officer. Under his leadership, Braun produced several iconic designs, including the ET66 calculator, SK4 turntable, T41 radio and ABK31 clock.
During his career, Rams began to question his design. Could he consider his work “good?” To answer, he developed ten principles for good design.
The impact of Ram’s influence is still felt long after the height of the modernist movement. Jonathan Ive, who was a member of Apple’s design team for 27 years, was heavily influenced by Rams’ work and philosophy and several Apple products are reminiscent of older Braun designs.
This 1939 Porsche Type 64 will be sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Car Week auction. It’s considered the foundation for Porsche’s subsequent success and predates both the 364 roadster and 911.
Porsche produced only three of the Type 64. One model was destroyed during early World War II, and the other was stolen and destroyed by Americans near the end of the war. The last model, used by the Porsche family, was sold to Otto Mathé, who owned it until his death in 1995. Thomas Gruber, a Porsche collector, took ownership of it. It has been restored over the course of its lifespan to retain its original condition.
To read more about the auction and the history of the last remaining model, click here.
Also check out this video featuring Porsche aficionado and racing legend Jeff Zwart talking about the car.
In addition, check out these other cool Porsches, both of which were not possible without the Type 64.
Perhaps no one best embodies the blues genre quite like Ruthie Foster. Born in rural Gause, TX, she began her musical career in an unexpected way--by enlisting in the Navy and joining the branch's Pride group. Her incredible skill was recognized by several record companies, including Atlantic Records in New York. However, seeing that she'd have to sacrifice her authenticity for her record deal, Foster walked away and returned back to Texas. Since then, she has released five albums, been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Blues Album, and is gearing up to release her sixth album, Joy Comes Back.
We are pleased to report that the Lake Highlands in-progress residence was a huge hit on the White Rock Home Tour!
The residence, the third residence for the TEN201 project in Lake Highlands, provided the first-ever opportunity for tour guests to see inside an in-progress project. We had around 1500 people walk through the house over the two days of the tour.
The White Rock Home Tour, which took place on April 27-28, saw over 3000 people come through the homes and raised over $50,000 for the Hexter Elementary School’s PTA.
The remodel of Rosewood Court is nearly complete!
Rosewood Court, originally designed by leading international architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, now includes a new garage entryway and a new Flower Child location, the fourth location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the first in Uptown. Flower Child is a cafe with healthy vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices that are made with locally-sourced ingredients. The remodeled space features a brand-new 1500 square foot patio for outdoor seating.
We are honored to be the local architect of record for this project.
Read more about Flower Child’s new location here.
Slated to open on September 18, the new Dallas Holocaust and Human RIghts Museum reaffirms the museum’s mission to "[teach] the history of the Holocaust and [advance] human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference." The new LEED-certified museum is located in the Historic West End district near Dealey Plaza.
See more images here.
Last fall, Amanda applied for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, provided by the Center for Architecture and AIA New York. Amanda received $10,000 from the grant to fund her exploration trip beginning in July! She is traveling to Norway, Greenland, and Iceland over the entire month to study climate change in the arctic circle periphery and how architects can design with environmental context to create structures that are conscious of its surrounding ecosystems.
Amanda is a project architect at Welch | Hall Architects and an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.