The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Announces Three Exciting Spring Events: Taste • Tour • Explore

James Farmer, Nationally Renowned Garden, Floral and Interior Designer and Author to speak at the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon on March 29

The Historic Home Tour Features Four Fabulous Homes on
Saturday, April 1

Classic and Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 8

(Featured photo: Liz Farley, Luncheon Chair; Kendall Jennings, President, PCHPS; Tish Key, Home Tour Chair. Second photo: Dan and Polly McKeithen, Classic and Antique Car Show Chairs.)


Kendall Jennings, president of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society announces three exciting events happening this spring and invites the public to join in to Taste • Tour • Explore.

James Farmer, nationally renowned professional garden, floral and interior designer, cook, author and lifestyle expert, will be the featured speaker at the 6th Annual Distinguished Speaker luncheon. Farmer is an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine and a frequent guest on many television and radio programs. Chaired by Liz Farley, the event is slated for Wednesday, March 29 at the Dallas Country Club.

The luncheon kicks off the Taste • Tour • Explore series of events with Presenting Sponsor Ryan. Libby and David Hunt are Honorary Chairs.

Tish Key is chairing the Annual Historic Home Tour happening on Saturday, April 1.

This year’s tour features four fabulous Park Cities Homes:

*       3600 Greenbrier: A reimagined 1930s Colonial style home, extensively renovated with grand interior spaces and dramatic design, maintaining the exterior six stately live oak trees and changing the entrance to Thackery, honoring and celebrating the relationship between the home and the land in a splendid way;

*        4218 Fairfax Avenue: Built in 1929, a rare jewel created by Clyde H. Griesenbeck, the original architect. Each phase of renovations were diligently researched and period appropriate glass, slate tiles, masonry, carpentry and hardware were utilized. Winner of the Historic Preservation Achievement Award in 2004. Dorothy Malone lived here for a number of years. The traditional exterior disguises the fact that you have stepped into a whimsical Tudor wonderland;

*        4309 Westway:  Built in 1942, an elegant example of French Eclectic architecture, retaining the original front façade and decorative appliqued plaster window elements, the interior space has been redefined in a creative, imaginative manner;

*        3825 Miramar: A stately example of eclectic Greek Revival architecture was built in 1922 by J.A. Pitzinger, architect. The Delagi family retained the exterior façade and more during an extensive renovation and restoration endeavor. The residence reaches out and embraces nature from every room while the contemporary interior enhancements provide comfort and pleasure. A vintage treasure and a Highland Park classic rescued and updated in magnificent fashion.

         Be sure to drop by the 2nd Annual Classic and Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 8 at Burleson Park, 3000 University Boulevard. Free and open to the public, the event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Show vehicles are in multiple classes and trophies will be given in different categories TBD. Rain date is Saturday, April 15. If you are interested in showing your vehicle or would like further information, contact chair Dan McKeithen or his wife Polly at

Tickets for the March 29th luncheon are on sale now and start at $150 each.  Patron single seating starts at $300 each and include a Patron Party invitation. Other levels include more benefits. Sponsorships and table underwriting are available beginning at $1,500 up to $10,000.

Advance tickets for the Saturday, April 1 Historic Home Tour are available online now at They are $20 in advance at $25 at the door of each home on the day of the tour. Online sales end Tuesday, March 28. All tickets purchased online will be mailed. They will be available in mid-March at these Tom Thumb stores: Snider Plaza, Preston Center, Greenville/Lovers Lane, Inwood/University, Lincoln Center.  For more information, call the PCHPS office (214) 582-0021 or checks for the April 1st Historic Home Tour tickets can be mailed to 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100, Box 286, Dallas, TX 75205-2789.


Presenting Media Sponsor is D Home and Community Media Sponsor is The Park Cities News and The Waters Family.

PCHPS mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the 2017 Luncheon will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture, history or preservation. Membership in PCHPS is open to the public. For more information visit
* Photos of the homes by Danny Piassick.
* Photo  by Rob Wythe/Gittings.
** Photo by Dana Driensky.

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Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.