Nov. 5: A House For Texas: Conversation with the Author and Photographer

A House for Texas – A very important new book about the most important house Texas and it just happens to be right here!
A Conversation with the Author and Photographer
sponsored by The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society

  Join the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. CST for A Conversation with the Author and Photographer: A behind-the-scenes peek at the most important house in Texas, which just happens to be right here in our community and featured in the new book A House for Texas.  The Elbert Williams Residence at 3805 McFarlin Boulevard in University Park. Text and Drawings by R. Lawrence Good, FAIA. Photographs by Charles Davis Smith, FAIA.

From Lawrence Good, FAIA, the author: “At the time of this writing, the Elbert Williams house is for sale. There is no guarantee that it will be preserved. The importance of the house in the state’s architectural history is not understood by most, and a passing glance does not reveal the nuance and detail which makes it special. Therefore, the purpose of this book is to tell the story behind its creation and present the house in photographs in enough detail that more people will celebrate its remarkable design, and ultimately will unite in ensuring the preservation of the most important house built in the state of Texas.”

Book Dedication: With the commendable objective to introduce a larger audience to the brilliant design of the Elbert Williams Residence in hopes that it will be preserved, the publication of A House for Texas was made possible by generous funding from The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. Additional funding was provided by Marla and Mike Boone, Gail and Bob Clark, Kay and Duncan Fulton, Barbara and Larry Good and Susan and Joel Williams.    

The November 5th event is a virtual event that will be streamed live. Tickets are available at the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s website:  Cost for the Conversation plus the book through the website is $30 + $6.00 shipping = $36.00. If you purchase the book through another vendor, please take a picture of your receipt with your phone and email it to .A link will be sent to you before the event and the day of the event. All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit PCHPS. Deadline is noon on November 5, 2020.         

Membership in PCHPS is open to the public.  Become a member and help preserve and celebrate all the attributes that make the Park Cities an incomparable community from an aesthetic, educational, and personal perspective and to support the mission to preserve and promote the  history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Varying levels of membership are available with different benefits at each level.      

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(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.)


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.