Preservation Park Cities 2023 Historic Home Tour Video Sponsored by Allie Beth Allman & Associates and D Home

Preservation Park Cities is excited to present its annual Park Cities Historic Home Tour sponsored by Allie Beth Allman & Associates and D Home! Starting the week of May 1st, there is an opportunity to attend two in-person events and view the Historic Home Tour Video presentation giving an intimate look at four very special Park Cities residences.  Event and ticket packages are below.

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.

Who:            2023 Home Tour Chair: Christina Dandar
                      Preservation Park Cities 2022-2023 President: Burton Rhodes 

What:         Patron Premiere at the home of Courtney Petit/Courtney Petit Design
Monday, May 1, 2023 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) Join Preservation Park Cities as they kick off PPC Home Tour week with the Patron Premier Party! Be the first to see this year’s Historic Home Tour at the home of Courtney Petit Design. The Petit Residence is a stunning example of George Marble’s Country French architecture with recent updates suited for the modern era. Also, get a chance to meet Caitlin Wilson who will be signing copies of her new book, Return to Pretty.

When:        Monday, May 1, 2023. 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Who:          Meredith Ferrell and Courtney Petit, Party Chairs

Cost:          See Ticket Packages below.

Sponsor:    Coats Homes.

What:         Historic Home Tour Underwriters Party at the estate of Toben and Graham Cocklin

Show your support for Preservation Park Cities’ mission and mingle with like-minded advocates at the estate of Toben and Graham Cocklin. This home was designed and built in 1932 in a style which can best be described as English Renaissance or Early Georgian.

Who:          Cory Bowen, Party Chair

When:        Wednesday, May 3, 2023. 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Cost:          See Ticket Packages below.

Sponsors:  Lucinda Buford at Allie Beth Allman, Legacy Texas Title.

What:      Preservation Park Cities Virtual Historic Home Tour Video

Take a deep dive into four very special Park Cities homes in the comfort of your own home. This year’s historic home tour video features an intimate look inside  4145 Shenandoah Avenue, 4405 Highland Drive, 4319 Versailles Avenue,  4271 Bordeaux Avenue. Each home showcases a different architectural style with rich history and wonderful examples of how architecturally significant homes can be  renovated to fit the needs of today.

When:     Watch the tour online anytime on May 4th through May 11th in the comfort of your own home.

Cost:       See Ticket Packages below.

Sponsors:  Highland Park Housekeeping, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, The

Meredith Ferrell Group, The Ryan Group.

Cost:       $25.00 per person.

Ticket Packages:

Complete Home Tour Package

Join for the week with tickets to both the Premier & Underwriters parties along with 
access to the Home Tour Video.
Package Includes: 1 Ticket: Patron Premier Party (May 1st); 1 Ticket: Underwriters Party (May 3rd); 1 Ticket: Home Tour Video (May 4th)
Cost: $700.00

Patron Premier Party Package Includes: 1 Ticket: Patron Premier Party (May 1st); 1 Ticket: Home Tour Video (May 4th).
Cost: $250.00.

Underwriters Party Package Includes: 1 Ticket: Underwriters Party (May 3rd);1 Ticket: Home Tour Video (May 4th)
Cost: $500.00

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

For more information contact:


Home Tour Presenting Sponsor: Allie Beth Allman & Associates

Presenting Magazine Sponsor: D Home.
Underwriters Party:
Lucinda Buford at Allie Beth Allman, Legacy Texas Title.
The Patron Premiere: Coats Homes
Historic Home Tour: Highland Park Housekeeping, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, The Meredith Ferrell Group, The Ryan Group.

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.  

4271 Bordeaux   

This superb Italian Renaissance home was completed in 1930 by legendary architect Hal Thomson. The exquisite proportions and materials combined with the subtle detailing emphasize the importance of this dignified residence. In the 1980’s, the home was enlarged and the property was extended to the corner. Richard Drummond Davis supervised the addition in a sensitive way so that it blends flawlessly with the original home. From top to bottom this stunning Hal Thomson structure is an irreplaceable part of Highland Park history and has benefited from brilliant updates and appropriate landscaping. The community is fortunate to still have an Italian palazzo of such exquisite quality in its midst.

Sponsored By 
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

4405 Highland Drive

Ever thought about restoring or renovating a home? The possibilities are limitless. All it takes is a vision, a passion for history and detail, a business acumen, and monumental patience. This Georgian eclectic style home has undergone a thorough transformation. Only a few vestiges of the original interior footprint remain. Reconfiguring the space allowed the Wilsons to effectively modernize and edit the rooms in a delightful and amazing fashion. The grand reveal will follow when the interior is filmed and presented on our video home tour.

Sponsored By
Highland Park House Keeping

4145 Shenandoah *

The Chapel home is situated on an iconic corner in University Park fondly known as the “Four Sisters”. All four homes at this intersection were built by Charles Dilbeck. Active from 1932-1969, Dilbeck is the author of between 400-600 Dallas residences and was the most admired architect of his era. Hallmarks of his idiosyncratic creations include asymmetrical and complex floor plans infused with the rough-hewn character of a Norman cottage. Shenandoah represents a fine tuned creation from his French eclectic repertoire.

As vigilant stewards of their Dilbeck home, the Chapels have kept original details like strapping hinges, unusual stucco finishes, and vintage light fixtures. Any gaps that remained in honoring Dilbeck’s legacy have been lovingly filled in. The owners personally stripped the paint off the original cypress windows! What a journey the Chapels have been on to preserve this architectural jewel in such an authentic way.

Sponsored By
The Ryan Group

4319 Versailles

 In 1936 noteworthy architect James Duff built the home at 4319 Versailles in a modern yet classical way. Duff designed more than 90 homes in the Park Cities between 1936 & 1940; for his work he received the “Good Housekeeping” magazine “Shield of Approval”. Versailles is a Georgian style red brick home with quintessential exterior elements.

A tremendous amount of thought and planning preceded the remodel of this home. The detail reflected in the paint treatments, hardware, fabric and floor coverings blends together with fine precision. This residence represents classic elegance with an unforgettable contemporary interior.

Sponsored By
The Meredith Ferrell Group


•  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 preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Historic Home Tour and the Classic and Antique Car Show will be used to preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PPC archives at the University Park Library, fund 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

Homes Photo credit:  Danny Piassick.

(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.