Griggs buys historic home in Winnetka Heights

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Thomas Scott Miller Jr., one of the original developers of Winnetka Heights built the house in 1912. The Stemmons house, behind it, has since been torn down. Photo courtesy of Diane Sherman.

The T.S. Miller home at 101 N. Montclair at Jefferson is one of two original Winnetka Heights mansions still standing – the other is Turner House.

The three-story house soon will be home to City Councilman Scott Griggs, his wife, Mariana, and their baby, Catalina. The Griggses bought the historic house last week.

They’re moving from their house in Stevens Park, which also has some history — it was built by Vernon Singleton, the Dallas County Commissioner for whom the West Dallas boulevard is named.

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Mariana Griggs says she wasn’t aware of the Miller home’s historical significance at first.

“It’s not like we were looking for something with history, but it just kind of happened, and maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be,” she says.

The family needed another room with the addition of the baby, and a larger home in Stevens Park would’ve been too expensive, she says.

“The price per square foot in our neighborhood is just going up so fast,” she says.

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Stevens Park is where the Griggses first became involved in civic life, first with the Stevens Park Neighborhood Association and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, then the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group and now City Hall.

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photo courtesy of Diane Sherman

The Miller house is an American prairie foursquare with Italianate influences, comprising 5,300 square feet on a little more than half an acre. Miller positioned the home so that passengers on the Interurban railway, which once ran down Jefferson, could admire it. The Miller family didn’t live there very long, and house was converted to apartments in the 1940s. Neighborhood residents Cindy and Paul Maute won a Preservation Dallas award for restoring it in the 2000s.

“It’s a very distinctive house, and it should go to a very distinctive family,” says real estate agent Diane Sherman of David Griffin and Co., a longtime Winnetka Heights resident, who listed the house. “We haven’t had a councilperson from Winnetka Heights since I can remember.”

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  • dump the incumbents

    Winnetka at Jefferson is NOT EVEN CLOSE to the middle of Oak Cliff! That’s the problem with Griggs and his followers. They think North Oak Cliff is Oak Cliff. Mr. Griggs may be the most intelligent, progressive and honest politician we have but the bar for Dallas city politicians and attorneys, in general, is rather low. He is not our representative. He and city planners along with developers are dictating policy to us. The proposal to change Tyler and Polk to two-way streets is just one example of stakeholders not having any say over what happens to their own street! Lower income citizens are being forced out by economic bigotry and confusion of progress with profit.

  • Kirk Stanley Jones

    From what I have seen, Scott Griggs is the most intelligent, progressive and honest individual in our city government. We are fortunate to have him as our Oak Cliff representative. Knowing that he has purchased this historical home in the true center of Oak Cliff reveals, I think, a true commitment to our community. And I hope that he is our Mayor some day soon.

  • Andrea

    I don’t care how much money they make. Scott and his wife are both super nice people and that baby is adorable! They came to check out our store “Collector’s Crypt ” on Zang and I see them dining at Normas occasionally. I am glad someone who appreciates the Historic value of this magnificent mansion and the surrounding neighborhood will be the new owners. Congrats to the Griggs family!

  • Mike Dunlap

    You have some great arguments here. Let’s just have a city governed by people for whom $37.5K is better than what they could make elsewhere. That should be fun.

  • Colin

    I don’t generally have anything positive to say about politicians, but Scott has done some great work and I’d love to see him run for mayor.

  • LeAnn Lewis

    Whatever. He is a great council person, and he did an excellent job advocating for some things in our neighborhood especially.

  • NeverTrustaPolitician

    Oh, so he only dedicates a fraction of his time to his elected position. Even better.

  • Rachel Stone

    He is a lawyer, and she is a teacher

  • NeverTrustaPolitician

    Amazing how far a $37,500 salary goes these days. Hmmmmm.