Simple Serendipity by Eurico R. Francisco, AIA
Project Wildwood Pool House, Dallas Clients Carol and Peter York Architect Upchurch Architects Design team Thomas Hayne Upchurch, AIA; Elizabeth Price, AIA; Dawson Skow Photographer Hester + Hardaway Photographers
arol and Peter York collect art. When their former house in the leafy Greenway Park neighborhood of Dallas no longer accommodated their growing collection, they began to look for a new home. They came upon a house in the nearby Bluffview neighborhood that they felt could be right for them. At first, it wasn’t easy to see the possibilities, but Carol and Peter felt reassured as they began to simplify the finishes introduced by the former owners. As the heavy furniture was removed, opening the rooms; as the dark shades were taken down, letting light flood in; and as the carpets were peeled away, exposing the reclaimed oak hardwood floors; the house showed its true self. It was all that the new owners wished for — generous, elegant, and filled with beautiful natural light. Carol and Peter were now convinced that their instincts were right. The wide galleries that run the full width of the house on both first and second floors seemed to have been designed with art in mind. The Bluffview house gave Carol and Peter what they had been missing — a house that was not only comfortable to live in, but that also had plenty of space with appropriate walls and light for collecting and displaying their burgeoning art collection. As they settled in,
the new owners became curious about the history of the house. Who had built it? And, more important, who had designed it? A few phone calls led them to Jim Nisbet, who had built the house in the 1980s. Jim, in turn, introduced Carol and Peter to Tommy Upchurch, AIA, his friend and the architect of the house. New friendships were formed. Carol and Peter were pleased to have met the architect of the house that they had grown to love, and Tommy was encouraged to see that the new owners cared as much about the house as he did.
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