The Marcus House, Once Threatened, Is This Much Closer to Becoming a Historic Home

Stanley Marcus's former house as it looked during construction in 1938
Stanley Marcus's former house as it looked during construction in 1938

Speaking of Dallas iconic landmarks ... On August 11 of last year, Unfair Park discovered that Mark and Patty Lovvorn had filed with the Texas Historic Commission a demolition permit that would have allowed them to tear down The House Stanley Marcus Built. You can follow the links -- such as this one and this one -- back to last summer, but long story awfully short: Because the Roscoe DeWitt-designed house on Nonesuch Road in East Dallas was not a city of Dallas-designated historic structure, it had no protection from the wrecking ball.

Alas, as you no doubt recall, the Lovvorns changed their minds and opted to keep the house after all -- and to have it designated as a historic building, no less, praise God. In September, the Landmark Commission voted 14-1 to initiate designation proceedings, which take a good long while even for so simple a slam-dunk. But at Thursday's meeting of the commission's Designation Committee, we'll find out how far along they really are: The lead item on the brief agenda says there will be a "discussion of draft designation report and preservation criteria, Stanley Marcus House, 10 Nonesuch Road."

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