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Life And Real Estate In Dallas' M-Street Neighborhoods

By Ken Lampton | Agent in 75206
  • It Ain't Modern To Burn Wood In Your Fireplace?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Dallas, Design & Decor in Dallas, In My Neighborhood in Dallas  |  March 10, 2013 7:59 AM  |  710 views  |  2 comments

    Homes built in the M Streets and Lakewood between 1910 and 1930 almost always have prominent fireplaces in the living rooms. But they are not designed to burn wood. The typical fireplace has no damper. The firebox is too shallow to burn wood, and it has a gas jet directly in the middle of the floor. The chimney has no liner. The burning of wood in such a fireplace is downright suicidal.

    My buyer clients ask me why "real wood-burning fireplaces" are so rare in this older part of Lakewood and the M Streets. The answer is simple. The replacement of a wood-burning fireplace with a gas-fired fireplace was one of the benefits of in-town living.

    The shining new Dallas suburbs of the 1910s and 1920s, way out at the end of the trolley lines, were up to date in every way. People in the rural parts of the county were obliged to burn wood or coal to heat their homes. A gas supply to the house, with a gas spigot in every room and a decorative gas radiant heater in the fireplace, was an amenity that made in-town living especially attractive.  Nobody in his right mind in 1920 would think the burning of wood in a fireplace was somehow romantic.

    Ad for a radiant gas heater in 1918
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    Ken Lampton, RE/MAX About Dallas
    CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
    CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
    The Expert on Dallas M-Street / Lakewood Homes
    www.m-street-dallas.com


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  • Frank Lloyd Wright In The M-Streets

    Posted Under: Design & Decor in Dallas, In My Neighborhood in Dallas  |  June 11, 2011 6:03 AM  |  997 views  |  No comments


    Newer Homes In Vickery Place, inspired by Prairie School ArchitectureWhat:    Documentary About Frank Lloyd Wright

    When:   June 15, 2011, at 7:30pm  

    Where:  Dallas Center for Architecture
     
    1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., #100

    I've always had an interest in architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In recent years I've been excited to see new homes built in Lakewood and the M Streets which are obviously inspired by the "Prairie School" houses Wright designed between 1900 and 1918.

    The homes shown on the left are located in Vickery Place. They blend in nicely with the Craftsman Bungalows in Vickery Place Conservation District.
     
    If you share my interest in Wright, you'll want to attend the screening of the acclaimed documentary on Wright by Ken Burns. The film is an in-depth look at the life and career of one of America's most influential architects.

    Part 1 was shown on June 8, but there's still time to come to Part 2 on June 15. It's an easy drive from the M-Streets to the Dallas Center for Architecture. The Center is asking for a $10 donation to see the film.

    (If the film whets your appetite for Wright's Prairie School Architecture, there's still time to see the exhibit Line and Form: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wasmuth Portfolio at the Dallas Museum of Art.)


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    Ken Lampton, RE/MAX About Dallas
    CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
    CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
    The Expert on Dallas M-Street / Lakewood Homes
    www.m-street-dallas.com




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  • Staging Tip: Dump The Refrigerator Art

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Dallas, Design & Decor in Dallas  |  January 4, 2011 8:34 AM  |  843 views  |  1 comment



    Want to ensure your house will not sell? Just load up your refrigerator with calendars, personal photos, and knick-knacks.


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    Ken Lampton, RE/MAX About Dallas
    CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
    CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
    The Expert on Dallas M-Street / Lakewood Homes
    www.m-street-dallas.com

 
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