17 modern townhomes coming to Bishop Arts area


Image courtesy of Richard Drummond Davis Architect

Modern townhomes priced around $440,000 are planned in the Bishop Arts Neighborhood.

The project, from developer Bill Mead of Proximity Developers, will take the place of an empty lot and a former office building on the northeast corner of Tenth and Adams. The three-story homes will average around 2,300 square feet each with roof-top patios.

Oak Cliff-based Richard Drummond Davis Architect is designing the 17 homes. They will be constructed of brick on the first floor and stucco and either cement board or metal siding on the upper stories.

The homes will have two-car garages and an office or study on the ground floor. The kitchen, dining and living areas are on the second floor. And two bedrooms are on the third floor.

Harrison Preston Polsky of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is the agent. Here are more images from the architect.





By |2015-06-24T01:08:22-05:00June 24th, 2015|Development, News|28 Comments

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  1. […] And at the northeast corner of Tenth and Adams, a developer recently demolished an office building to make way for 17 modern townhomes. […]

  2. Andrew Hudson June 26, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    A mentor of mine was a plaster craftsman. Lived his entire life in the 900 block of N. Clinton. He was born at the turn of the 20th century and died on the cusp of the 21st. He watched his craft disappear. He once defined craftsmanship as… Experience + Integrity!

  3. Smokey June 26, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Mr. Hudson no truer words spoken. If I were asked to define craftsmanship i would have to pause before offering an answer. Not because of my lack of knowledge rather my inability to describe the extinct.

  4. Andrew Hudson June 26, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Obviously, you understand the problem between designers and craftsmen!

    In an age where proficiency in software is more important than knowledge of design, people can “CAD” themselves into complacency! Asking someone to make a historical building is impossible. Any good designer can borrow styling ques and create a design respectful of them without making them “faux”.

    It is not uncommon for architects to designed tradesmen into corners. Only craftsmen could bail them out. As the hand gets designed out of the building process much nuiance is becoming lost… knowledge of materials and unproven advances in installation processes bring forth new problems with which lesser skilled tradesmen struggle.

    These townhomes remind me of the Bauhaus, “less is more” until you start paying for it!

  5. Kirk Stanley Jones June 25, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    This is a little off subject, but wouldn’t be great if light pollution could be eliminated or at least be diminished in our cities. Those rooftop decks will be way greater with a million stars. Who cares about the skyline.

  6. Marie Hale June 25, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    The rooftop decks would be rendered useless with the proposed developments up to 8 stories north of this area… Don’t let the idea of a Downtown Dallas view factor into your purchase – It wont be visible for long.

  7. Smokey June 25, 2015 at 2:54 AM

    Modern and modular are different all together. I do not see modern at all, I see a contemporary theme in these conceptual CAD renderings. I have been following the use of shipping containers reused as living space and frankly at first, second and third glance this is what I see here. The snap board metal siding and Dryvit (stucco hardly) upper floors will pose a long term up keep issue, a burden shared jointly by all of the owner’s. I would like to say back to the “drawing board” but I think “CAD program” may apply in this case. I spend a good bit of my time solving low slope roof issues. Why build in a problem when you can design and opt out of the same much easier. At $200.per foot, they can do better. Just one man’s opinion however.

  8. Kirk Stanley Jones June 24, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    That is a great question. My guess is that some people want to preserve the status quo for their own hidden agenda.

  9. Kirk Stanley Jones June 24, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    I think they look beautiful. Anyone who drives through Kessler Park can see how modern architecture can blend well with older homes.

  10. BacchusPlateau June 24, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    They look so sterile and unwelcoming.

  11. Linda_Coleman June 24, 2015 at 3:22 PM
  12. Linda_Coleman June 24, 2015 at 3:19 PM
  13. TripleD_kingpin June 24, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    thats the thing we dont have much variety.the melody is definitely boring. you can find these townhomes in uptown, east dallas,oaklawn turtle creek, knox henderson etc. etc. they all look the same. no variety at all.

  14. Kae Rich June 24, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Yuck……..and the pricing is terrible

  15. Rob Shearer June 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    That seems unrealistic in terms of cost for a new construction project, and it also seems fraught with the potential for it to look like a ‘Disney’ version of the original. I suspect something in the middle (which it looks like that’s what Exxir/ Nazerian is doing in Bishop Arts) will be a look at both stands the test of time and passes the ‘taste’ test with neighbors.

  16. Vicki McCain Anderson June 24, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    …the design of the “homes” totally go against the surroundings. the exteriors need a “vintage” look, but I would assume the designers were thinking of a younger set of people being occupants.

  17. Linda_Coleman June 24, 2015 at 10:05 AM


  18. Linda_Coleman June 24, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    That’s what I’ve noticed, that this kind of architecture goes out of style pretty quickly. It looks more like something from an industrial park than a neighborhood.

  19. Linda_Coleman June 24, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Good lord, those are ugly. I’m not against having town homes at that location, but I’d like to see attractive town homes instead of gray ugly concrete boxes. If I were in the market for a town home, I sure wouldn’t spend $400,000 for something that looked like that.

  20. 77Peter Nathaniel Johnson June 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    I am an architect and I can understand where you are coming from with your concerns about “faux historic buildings” lakewoodhobo. However, the modernist expression usually fails most spectacularly when architects try to design multifamily buildings in this idiom. Regardless of being rentals or condominiums, “modernist” multifamily usually ends up looking like the projects or a vast hospital. These sterile condominiums fit that bill.

  21. 77Peter Nathaniel Johnson June 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Agreed TripleD_kingpin.

  22. 77Peter Nathaniel Johnson June 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Very well said Oscar!

  23. 77Peter Nathaniel Johnson June 24, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    These are shockingly ugly!

  24. lakewoodhobo June 24, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    I think we need to be careful about requiring architects to develop faux historic buildings because faux historic can end up looking cheap and can dilute the market, even endanger the actual historic buildings.

    Cities should have variety in their architecture. I read somewhere that buildings are like musical notes: too much of the same and you get a very boring melody.

  25. Rick Wamre June 24, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Thanks, Oscar. Good examples.

  26. Oscar June 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Like they were built 100 years ago with character and quality materials. See the Good Space or Kings Highway renovations. These are size and style appropriate for the area. I love modern but these are at the extreme end of the cold, monolithic, brutalist spectrum.

  27. Rick Wamre June 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    TripleD_kingpin, thanks for your comment. Your thoughts on these condos, as well as all of the comments about the Alamo Manhattan complex, raises an interesting question: What exactly do you think OC townhomes/apartments should look like?

  28. TripleD_kingpin June 24, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    they look like they belong in uptown

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