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February 5, 2018

Philip Johnson-designed home in Dallas

Always wanted to own an architecturally significant home? Here’s your chance: Strait Lane, the home commissioned by Dallas construction titan Henry C. Beck, Jr. is on the market.

Featured in a New York Times article, The Beck House, as it was known, is the only Philip Johnson-designed house in Dallas. Johnson is one of the best-known modernists, having designed such iconic structures as the Seagram Building in New York with Mies van der Rohe, the Pennzoil Palace in Houston and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, “a soaring glass neo-Gothic megachurch for the Reverend Robert H. Schuller.”

Johnson’s Glass House (his own residence) has been described as “one of the 20th century’s greatest residential structures.”

Strait Lane was commissioned in 1964. After falling into disrepair, the home’s meticulous 2002-2008 restoration was the subject of a New York Times feature. Dallas architects Bodron+Fruit and landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge MA completely renewed the dilapidated structure and grounds, retaining the clean lines but recreating the space as a family-friendly home. Sebastian performed the construction.

The facade of tall slender arches of Strait Lane echoes the Lake Pavilion on the grounds of Johnson’s Glass House:

“…the arches are impressive from without and frame romantic views of the house’s six-and-a-half-acre site from within. A two-story atrium with a curved double staircase and a dining room that mimics the umbrella-vaulted interior of the Glass House’s guest quarters only add to its allure.” (New York Times, April 2010.)

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January 22, 2018

The bar / lounge

Who doesn’t love to relax with a drink, while enjoying the company of friends and family? And it’s even better when your favorite watering hole happens to be under your own roof.

Take a look at two gorgeous bar /lounges from Sebastian-built projects:

The bar at the St. John’s Residence could be lifted from straight from an English manor. It features stately traditional decor by interior designer, Betty Lou Phillips of Dallas.

Above – Exotic marble, luxe leather seating, custom mahogany builts ins and a stately bar cabinet make this lounge at the Oaks Residence a feast for the senses. Interior designed by Kirsten Kelli Design.

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January 15, 2018

Featured: Harold Leidner

The gray skies of January have us dreaming of sunny days and Sunday afternoons spent on the loggia with a cool drink in hand, while we admire our gorgeous landscapes.

All the better if your landscape was designed by Harold Leidner.

Dallas-based residential landscape architect Harold Leidner Landscape has been designing outdoor living spaces and fine gardens for a quarter of a century.

His firm, Harold Leidner Landscape Architects, strives to create a unique vision for gardens and outdoor spaces and spans modern, traditional and transitional styles.

Leidner’s client list is packed with Texas luminaries, including famed Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. Popular real estate blog, Candy’s Dirt, profiled Leidner back in 2013, after completing his work on the 21st floor penthouse at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Dallas, writing that his firm’s “innovative outdoor design is a hallmark of your brand.”

From elaborate English gardens and fountains to charming rooftop gardens crowning downtown Dallas highrises, Leidner brings an organic look and feel to his designs.

At Sebastian Construction Group, we’ve been able to enjoy Leidner’s work first hand, at several residences in the Dallas area.

Euclid Residence

Luxury estate built by Sebastian Construction Group

Preston Hollow

St. Johns Residence

And from Houzz, here’s a peek at Harold Leidner’s rooftop garden, created for a private residence in downtown Dallas.

See more of Harold Leidner Landscape Architects’ work on the company website.

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January 8, 2018

Four from Architectural Digest’s AD100 list

The new year is here and with it comes the slate of ‘Best of’ lists. One that caught our eye recently was Architectural Digest’s 2018 AD100, the design magazine’s list of 100 tastemakers in architecture and design.

We’d like to put the spotlight on a few select members of the AD100 that we’ve had the pleasure to partner with:

Atelier AM

Led by husband and wife duo, Michael and Alexandra Misczynski, the Los Angeles-based interior design firm specializes in “edited, elegant, cultivated interiors blending pedigreed furnishings with modern and contemporary art.”

Sebastian Construction Group teamed with Atelier AM and Hablinski-Manion architects on our Desert II project below, where we experienced the firm’s uncommon vision firsthand. (See more of the Desert II residence here.)

Mlinaric Henry & Zervudachi Ltd

The interior design firm was lauded on the AD100 list for it’s “Focus on things being simpler and freer, released from the constraining chains of overdesign.”

And our Highland Park residence is the perfect example of Zervadachi’s simple, classic interiors.

Next, we admire the work of two renowned architects on the AD100 Hall of Fame list. The AD100 Hall of Fame is a highly curated list of the most influential architects and designers.

Peter Marino Architect

Architectural Digest says, “Peter Marino dreams up showstopping retail spaces and residences that both dazzle the eye and advance the cultural conversation.” After partnering on the showstopping residence known as Holloway (or the Crespi Estate), we know why Peter Marino has been featured everywhere from Vogue to 60 Minutes.

Robert A.M. Stern

One of our favorite projects, Sebastian Construction Group collaborated with AD100 Hall of Fame architect, Robert A.M. Stern on the the DeLoache residence (featured in the Architectural Digest article, “A Shining Lone Star”.)

This “exceptional house” as AD calls it, “…with its clever planning, top-drawer materials, venerable proportions and courageous victory over difficult scale, the house seems likely to stand the very test of time it already appears so convincingly to have stood.”