1918 Architect Hal Thomson-Designed Neoclassical Residence Demolished

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1918 Architect Hal Thomson-Designed Neoclassical Residence Demolished

SOLD | Built 1918 | 7,582 Sq. Ft. | 4 Beds | 5 Baths | 0.75 Acres
Highland Park, Texas, United States

Despite being described as one of “Dallas’ great architectural masterpieces in arguably the finest location in the city”, this 104-year-old Neoclassical residence has been razed entirely. Preservation Park Cities shared the news on Facebook last week. The 7,582 square foot home, designed by famed architect Hal Thompson, was originally built for Orville Thorp, the state manager of Kansas City Life Insurance Company, according to Preservation Park Cities. Property records reveal the 0.75 acre property first listed in 2015 for $10.49 million and dropped to $7.95 million in October 2016 before selling for an undisclosed amount after January 2017.

Former listing details: “Situated on Highland Park’s storied Lakeside Drive, this Hal Thomson designed estate home offers sumptuous views of the park and lake directly in front, we bring you one Dallas’ great architectural masterpieces in arguably the finest location in the city. Located in front of one of Dallas’ loveliest parks, in the heart of one of the greatest school systems, just blocks from the fabled boutique dining and shopping enclave of the Highland Park Village, and with police, fire and other city services which are simply without peer in this country, this premier property offers an incredible value for the discerning, sophisticated buyer. Situated on three quarters of lush acreage, this landmark house offers 7,600 square feet of living area, four bedrooms, four and one half-baths, six living areas, a porte-cochere and three-car garage with a one-bedroom guest suite above. Elegant details throughout the home include marble and inlaid marble & wood flooring, meticulously detailed moldings, trim and plaster treatments, Gracie hand-painted wallpaper, Guerin hardware, five fireplaces, and a magnificent Treillage room looking onto a side-yard area shaded by a specimen 100-year-old Magnolia, and private spa. The graceful kitchen features Viking & Sub-Zero appliances, stone flooring, gas fireplace, cast stone moldings and a floor-to-ceiling glass breakfast room overlooking the grounds. Upstairs you’ll enjoy the richly detailed library with fireplace, luxury master suite with sitting room overlooking the grounds, and three additional guest bedrooms. The elevator takes you to all floors, including the basement with a climate controlled wine cellar. Outdoors, take in the expansive and private setting with lush gardens, majestic trees, entertaining patios and romantic columned gazebo with seating. Truly one of Highland Park’s most prized homes and location.”

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