We smiled a little when we saw this ad pop up on local news websites. After all, this home is near and dear to us, both as an architectural masterpiece and as a piece of living history.
Strait Lane was originally built in the 1960s for Dallas construction company founder, Henry C. Beck of The Beck Companies. This modernist marvel was painstakingly remodeled between 2002-2008.
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.
It’s description on the Briggs Freeman website touts the house’s architectural and cultural significance:
“It has seen galas and gowns. A president. A first lady. A rock concert. Champagne toasts. Fashion shows down the double stairs. Singers. Socialites. Senators. Ambassadors. A ballet performance on the lawn. It has been celebrated in books, in Vogue and in The New York Times.”
“Built in 1964, with an exquisite and sensitive update completed in 2008, the light-filled house boasts elegant living spaces, a stunning double staircase, a unique dining room with an arched canopy, six bedrooms, seven full baths and four half baths. The nearly 7 park like acres include a media house, modernist cabana, pool and tennis court.”