Preservation Park Cities Virtual Historic Home Tour Has Many Options for Exclusive VIP Experiences

The annual Preservation Park Cities Virtual Historic Home Tour includes two pre-parties: The Patron Premiere at Inwood Theater and the Historic Home Tour Underwriters Party at the Highland Park home of Amy and Les Ware.  The virtual home tour happens on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2022.

The Historic Home Tour celebrates historic preservation and is designed to generate awareness of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.

2022 Home Tour Chair is Amy Beale. Preservation Park Cities 2021-2022 President is Tish Key. Preservation Park Cities 2022-2023 President: Burton Rhodes.

Listed below are the exclusive sponsorship and underwriting opportunities. Purchase your opportunities now, as they are selling quickly!

What:         The Patron Premiere at Inwood Theater
Get an early viewing of this year’s tour on the big screen! Enjoy a meet and greet cocktail hour followed by a viewing of the tour. This ticket includes access to the virtual home tour.

When:        Monday, May 2, 2022. 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Cost:          Individual tickets are $100 each. Sponsor levels begin at $250 per couple up to $5,000.

What:         Historic Home Tour Underwriters Party
Celebrate this year’s tour at the recently renovated historical estate of Amy and Les Ware in Highland Park and help support Preservation Park Cities’ mission.

Who:          Cory Bowen, Party Chair

When:        Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Cost:          Available by purchasing a Sponsor Package. Levels begin at $750 per couple up to $5,000. Limited availability. Benefits include this event and more.

What:      Preservation Park Cities Virtual Historic Home Tour

When: Watch the tour online anytime on Saturday, May 7, 2022 and Sunday,
May 8, 2022 in the comfort of your own home.

Cost:       $25.00 per person.

Purchase Tickets and Sponsor Packages: Tickets and Sponsor Packages are available on the website now at 


Legacy Sponsor: Highland Park Village.

Presenting Magazine Sponsor: D Home.

Home Sponsors: Avon Cleaners; Cynthia Beaird/Christine McKenney, Allie Beth Allman and Associates; Methodist Hospital Dallas; The Rhodes Group.
Underwriters Party:
Lucinda Buford, Allie Beth Allman & Associates.
The Patron Premiere at Inwood Theater: Amy and Evan Beale.

Preservation Sponsors: Catherine Corrigan, Urban.

Homes on the Tour:
The descriptions of the homes by Joan Clark included here are brief. Full descriptions are in the Heritage magazine, soon to be available to the public on the Preservation Park Cities website after the Home Tour.

Homes Photo credit:  Danny Piassick.

3722 Gillon

Lisa and John Rocchio: 3722 Gillon Avenue: Sponsored by The Rhodes Group
Completed in 1916, this Classical Revival residence is a stunning tribute to preeminent architect Hal Thomson’s talent. Originally built for Dallas attorney Samuel Leake, the home is a hybrid design that includes a symmetrical facade with subdued Italian Renaissance detailing. Unique partially fluted Ionic columns form three bays at the one story front porch entrance. Three Palladian windows with fluted columns above the porch reinforce this feature. Rich entablature along with medallions and quoins add to the elegant exterior. Only the fourth family to own this landmark home, John & Lisa Rocchio made a conscious decision at the onset of this project to preserve and protect the character of the architecture. Jan Showers spearheaded the interior design details, and Ralph Duesing assisted with the architectural renovation.

The Rocchio family, to their credit, comprehended the significance of the architecture represented in this incomparable residence. As owners they inherited a trove of legacy documents including deeds and photographs which all provide interesting historical context. With care, attention to detail, and sensitivity they have mixed luxury and livability in their refreshing contemporary update to an iconic Highland Park home.

4311 Arcady

Courtney and Charlie Petit: 4311 Arcady Avenue: Sponsored by Methodist Hospital Dallas

Architect George Marble designed the French Chateauesque home at 4311 Arcady, and this project clearly illustrates his favorite style. It strains the imagination to realize this was a spec home built for Dines & Kraft in 1937. From the hipped roof pavilions to the octagonal turret, the architectural detail in the roof design alone is a marvel. Brick detailing under the eaves and the heavy timber Juliet balconies with gridded railing reflect the influence of iconic architect Charles Dilbeck, who was once Marvel’s partner. A mix of Gothic and Roman arch treatments to windows and doors creates a romantic visual feast.

The numerous architectural and interior design features in this home are simply indescribable. What a study in scale, proportion, and charm 4311 Arcady represents. Personal and custom touches can transform historic homes in the most remarkable ways. This story has a happy ending due to the wise choices, passion, and appreciation of the caretakers who have adored living in this unique home designed and created by a talented architect and a renowned builder.

4305 Lorraine

Laurie and Dr. John Harper: 4305 Lorraine Avenue: Sponsored by Cynthia Beaird/Christine McKenney, Allie Beth Allman and Associates 
Arguably one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture in Dallas, 4305 Lorraine was built in 1929 by legendary architects Fooshee and Cheek. Left in its original state, the entire facade of the home is a panorama of layered and complex masonry and stone craftsmanship. Clad primarily in Oklahoma fieldstone and SMU brick, the triple basket weave, herringbone, and running bond brick patterns are attention grabbers. Couple those design elements with the half timbering, a unique plaster and stone chimney, and intricate corbeling details and the result is this stately masterpiece. A main front facing gable accentuates the Gothic arch stone surround encircling the original carved English oak and leaded glass front door.

What a rarity to find a home that was meticulously designed for a 360-degree perspective. The Harpers considered enclosing the beautiful porch on the east end of the home but realized it would compromise the unusual pillow topped stone columns and Gothic arches. Their restraint and passion for preservation is reflected throughout this significant landmark residence.

3717 Maplewood

Alexandra and Ford Halbardier: 3717 Maplewood Avenue: Sponsored by Avon Cleaners
Tucked away behind a wall of greenery, a winding path leads to a timeless modern architectural jewel. Built in 1964 by commercial specialists, Pratt Fox & Henderson construction company, this home is a study in contemporary detail and craftsmanship. Current owner Alex Halbardier fell in love the moment she saw the eleven-foot front door with glass panel lights by Octavio Medellín. The interior walls are brick and Honduran mahogany. Small bronze studs in the wooden walls coupled with masonry details over the door frames speak to the artisanal elements found throughout this home. Original stained brick floors complete the interior. Previous owners, the Hochstim family, generously parted with the original mahogany buffet and dining room table that were designed for this area.

This story would be incomplete without mentioning the warm relationship that developed between the Hochstim and Halbardier families. Vintage photos of the home confirm what true stewards the Halbardier family has been in executing their vision and honoring the past. An impressive 1968 architectural award is still prominently displayed in the entrance area. Transferring this architectural gem to a family who cherishes it is a wonderful expression of historical preservation for not only both families, but also an event the entire community can celebrate.

Home Tour Details: The 2022 Virtual Historic Home Tour offers a glimpse into some of the most beautiful homes in the Park Cities. It celebrates homes in the Park Cities that have been preserved or remodeled to keep the beautiful aesthetic of the Park Cities neighborhoods.  From small cottages to larger estates, the annual home tour is small window into the past, a celebration of those who share the community’s values, and a wonderful treat for those who appreciate historic architecture.


•  The purpose of the annual Historic Home Tour is to showcase architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities and illustrate how these homes have been restored or remodeled to serve the lifestyle needs of families today.

•  The Historic Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon and the Park Cities Car Show are the organization’s only fundraisers each year. The proceeds are allocated to help further our mission to celebrate and promote the preservation of Park Cities architecture, history, aesthetics, and cultural traditions.

•  The organization landmarks architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park Cities, some of which are on the Historic Home Tour.

•  Members of the organization enjoy historic and preservation oriented educational programs.

Preservation Park Cities Mission:
PPC mission is to celebrate and promote the preservation of Park Cities

architecture, history, aesthetics, and cultural traditions. Proceeds of the Luncheon and Home Tour will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PPC archives at the University Park Library, fund PPC’s landmarking initiatives, award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history and fund the Distinguished Chair for History at Highland Park High School. Membership in PPC is open to the community. For more information visit

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent Preservation Park Cities and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles eBuzz.)


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.