The Buckner House: Liberace, Legend, and the Iconic Land of Casa Linda

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Did you know we offer big house names? Did you know that East Dallas has become a hot spot for some of the biggest things?

We’ve all seen Mount Vernon on White Rock Lake, The DeGolyer Estate, and the beautiful Belle Nora on Garland Street. Then there was Grandwick, destroyed by fire after a short life as the Dallas Scientology Center.

But none is more mysterious than The Buckner House. It’s the big Mediterranean just north of North Buckner when you get off I-30, and it’s for sale.

    The Buckner House

The Buckner Building was built in 1925. Remember, that was the year The great gatsby it was published. It was the height of the Roaring ’20s, and if you had the money and the skills, you designed a home that was a showpiece.

Mediterranean architecture was cut in this era. He said it was about taste and value and it was the preferred form of both. The Mediterranean style is also timeless. Just think of Villa Vizcaya and the Biltmore in Miami – standing, cool.

    The Buckner House
The Buckner House

Our photographer Mimi Perez was invited to tour The Buckner House this summer. It’s 5,733 square feet, with an amazing kitchen where I sit every evening with a nice glass of bubbly. The views are beautiful, and the windows of the house are beautiful. There are stained glass windows and stained glass windows and a beautiful quatrefoil window overlooking the front yard.

The main restaurant has beautiful ceiling beams and bridges on the second floor to watch the action below. If you close your eyes, you can imagine those 1920s parties with women in flapper dresses, men in tuxedos, and a raccoon coat or two thrown over the counter. settees. There is a lake, long since filled, but can you imagine? You know the skin tone has to go here.

The Buckner House

From my deeper knowledge, I know that this is the party house for years. It was purchased by Lee C. Harrison, president of the Prairie Oil & Gas Company of Dallas. His daughter went to Hockaday, so you know there are lots of school parties, barbecues, teas, and balls here – and even more leather.

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John Maxwell owned the Buckner house in the early 1950s.

“She was friends with Tom Hughes,” Bruce McShan of McShan Florists told me. Hughes was the producer and director of the Dallas Summer Musicals from 1962 to 1993. He was responsible for bringing such notables as Carol Burnett, Yul Brynner, Ginger Rogers, Katherine Hepburn, and Liberace.

“Some of the stars stayed at home while working on the music studio,” said Mc Shan. It’s a great way to avoid the paparazzi.

One of the funniest things you’ll see outside of the home are faces. There are faces carved into the stone on the columns, and one is high up in a corner of the building. The former staff offices are also fun, with a high hat design on the linoleum.

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So what happens?

    The Buckner House

With little fanfare this house hit the market a few months ago. I think the reason is twofold. First, sitting on four acres, it can lure what we consider to be unethical buyers.

The Buckner House

Second, the house has been empty for about 15 years. Of course, it takes love but that’s where education comes in and finding the right customer. In fact, I turned to the President of the Preservation Dallas Board, author Norman Alston for information.

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People say they can’t fix something because they don’t know how to fix it. I often hear that something can’t be fixed, or that it’s becoming too big and unnecessary. Unless you’re in the restoration or maintenance business, you don’t need to measure restorability.

For what it looks like, it’s almost like an apartment that isn’t too far to restore. If it is not hot, it can be saved. Buildings are stronger than people give them credit for.

One of the things I encounter with existing buildings that are allowed to deteriorate is that people can’t see beyond that. You have to imagine a house like never before. There is a different approach to restoring a historic building. You must have the skills and know the techniques. We have to look at something and say it is valuable.

Bring it back, and you’ll get more than just a new piece of property. That’s why they make TV shows about renovating old houses! Time does not show the possibility of salvation. In Europe, people save. They don’t break. We struggle with making the right decisions about existing buildings. Check out the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, for example. It has been vacant for years. Restored to its former glory, Mineral Wells is once again a destination.

It’s easy to have someone tell you to tear down a house or building, but I think we’re finally seeing a cultural approach to the value of the comfortable buildings of our past.

Norm Alston

The Buckner House

And of course, this is a cozy house with an amazing history. When it was built, Casa Linda was called Reinhardt, and the whole country had only a hundred people. It didn’t become a part of Dallas until 1945. This area is full of hills and scenery and things that can’t be seen. It’s a great place for a serious home.

“I’ve always known the Buckner Building because it was unlike any other building in Dallas,” David Griffin said. “Even though it’s six years old, I think it’s the sweetest house.”

Griffin is best known as the founder of David Griffin & Company Realtors, and has always been a real estate investor. His father owned the Shamrock Hotel at Buckner and Interstate 30, so the family would drive down Buckner Boulevard two or three times a week to see him and travel to this forgotten land.

“From a parent’s perspective, this building is like that scene in the movie Giant, when Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor arrived at Riata because it’s not like any other building in Dallas. ,” Griffin said. “Our Gatsby built houses like this, and few of them survive. When people build amazing things, they become a part of who we are, where we go, and where we live.” dream of the people of that era.

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We’ve edited the photo to the right to show you what the room looks like with a little effort.

So, you see the importance of someone who understands and respects not only the history of Dallas and the history of this home but also understands the real estate taxes that come with maintaining the dignity and time to love him in that great treasure. a while.

Stephanie Connelly of the The Brent King team The Buckner Building is located at 1425 N. Buckner Blvd. offered for sale at $3.45 million.

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