Sip, stroll and admire Munger Place’s immaculate collection of arts and crafts houses

It’s no wonder why Craftsman-style homes are consistently near or at the top of the list when it comes to America’s favorite architectural style. It is timeless and offers clean lines and angles that are eminently pleasing to the eye.

That’s why Munger Place remains one of the most popular enclaves of historic Arts & Crafts architecture in Old East Dallas, and why you should also take the opportunity to attend the annual Munger Place Wine Walk on April 23.

The event, which showcases five Munger Place historic homes for wine tasting from 4-8pm, is an excellent way to get a taste of this historic neighborhood and what makes it special: the people who live there.

There are two types of tickets – standard and premium – both of which are now available on the Munger Place neighborhood website. You can buy a standard ticket for the wine walk for $30, which includes two wines in each house and canapés. A premium ticket is available for $60 that gives customers access to two sensational, hand-picked wines from Jimmy’s Food Store – an Old East Dallas institution. Premium ticket buyers will also receive a Munger Place wine glass complement from Talulah & Hess. The ticket price will increase by $15 if purchased after April 16, so make sure to get your pass now.

After the tour, a party and raffle will be organized at the nearby restaurant of hidden treasures, Garden Cafe. Prizes will be given away and the cardholder must be present to win. The full map of the Munger Place Wine Walk is available here.

Read on to learn more about these incredible historic homes.

Junius Street 4926

Sitting in the middle of a stately tree-lined block, this home glows fairly with a warm shade of butter yellow, and the comfortable wrap-around porch is inviting year-round. From 1914 to the present, music is a persistent theme in this very well-preserved, classic four-square. Mrs. Margaret Keehan, the daughter of the first owner, taught in the music room and there has been a piano in that room ever since. The few successive owners have each passed on a small collection of home memorabilia, which will be on display. Among the original features that reflect over 100 years of loving care are the light fixtures, the pocket doors, the painting rails and pine floors. The house was awarded a Preservation Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas after its original rehabilitation in the late 1990s. More recently, the kitchen has had a makeover, with updates to the appliances, countertops, backsplash and color scheme. The garage serves as a family exercise and playroom, and the upstairs sleeping porch has been converted into a home office overlooking the pool, added in 2012 by the current owners. On the way up, admire the railing – salvaged from an Oklahoma hotel. (Feel free to ask the owners why it was installed upside down.)

Tremontstraat 5107

Staying true to the historic character of the house and adapting to modern livability has been important to the current owners of this classic 1919 quadrangular building. meters to extend. To provide greater comfort, spray foam insulation was added under the floors, as well as additional ventilation and zoned mini split units. A new mantel was coincidentally found and installed and the fireplace was retrofitted to accommodate a highly effective gas-fired heating system. Other renovations include the full kitchen and three bathrooms, each of which now features reinforced floors and painstaking tile work – all done by the owners. In fact, most renovations were DIY projects. Neighborhood lore tells of previous owners who separated but continued to live in the house – each on his or her own floor – with a separate outside staircase. Traces of that second-floor entrance are still visible on the side of the house. Inside, the top section of the damaged staircase has been recently redone with reclaimed pine steps. At the back is a large garage and workshop, a greenhouse and some lovely flower beds and even vines.

4933 Tremont Street

If there’s anything vaguely familiar about this house, you may have visited it on the 2014 Home Tour, when it was shown in a somewhat unedited state as a work in progress. It has been painstakingly worked, largely single-handedly, for nearly ten years, and now, since September of last year, a new owner is on the final stretch to give the house its deserved shine again. Built in 1910, the 3,450-square-foot home is a classic four-bedroom upstairs four-bedroom home. Although the house once served as an eight-unit apartment – ​​one room on the first floor still has its own entrance and porch – the spaces have been reopened to provide a natural, airy flow. Where the backyard was previously attacked by a dilapidated coach house, a transformation is in full swing. Stepping out onto the soon-to-be-sheltered porch, you’ll find cedars, elms, ginkgo, and catalpa adorning a tasteful garden. It’s amazing what six dump trucks and a bulldozer can do. A stone terrace (and a door from the kitchen) is also planned for the side garden. At the front, note the rarely seen pipe beam used to enclose the porch.

4908 Worth Street

As would be expected from one of the oldest houses in Munger Place (circa 1905), this address has many stories. Before it was even built, the first owners apparently came to the site for a picnic and then planted the now huge pecan tree that dominates the backyard. A towering myrtle and a grand gardenia have also provided company to the house for many, many years. When the small backyard pond was dug and installed decades ago, it set off a trend in the neighborhood that continues to this day. It’s a common refrain that houses in the neighborhood were split up and redecorated as guest houses; one of the boarders here reportedly wrote the old classic ‘Home on the Range’. When it was a single-family home again, the renovations included adding a porch in the back, enclosing that porch, adding a porch outside, and enclosing that porch. More recently, the house received the 2004 Preservation Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas. The newest owners have been living in the three-bedroom house for less than a year and are making plans to finish a third floor.

5019 Tremont Street

Porches abound in this 1908 home—front, side, back, and both floors—with the second-floor porch now serving as a spacious office. Purchased by the current owners in 2019, it was long the home of a wood sculptor and then a photographer. The spacious studio at the back now serves as a sun-filled entertainment space, a retreat and (when the curtains are closed) an informal home theater. Inside the house, the cunning hands of the current owners are clearly visible. A series of projects has kept them very busy over the past three years. Walls have been gutted, a fireplace has been exposed and all sockets and switches have been removed and replaced. While scrubbing and refurbishing all the doorknobs and rosettes in the house, they confirmed that each doorknob is a unique part of a fully coordinated set. This is only a partial list of the efforts the owners have put in to make this home one of a kind. Oh, and between you and me, a guy might need to know the secret knock to get into a certain room here. (The basement is decorated like a cozy speakeasy with high tables and hand-painted “brick” walls.)

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