Project Features

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.)