Sited on 6.5 acres along Dallas’ Strait Lane, this strange yet stately mansion is the only home in the Texan city designed by legendary architect Philip Johnson.
Currently listed for $27.5 million, the Beck House—originally erected for construction magnate Henry C. Beck and his then-wife, Patty—is most notable for its contemporary, skeleton-like facade: a staggering frontage comprised of two levels of tall, narrow arches that allow plenty of natural light to shine in through the residence’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
Completed in 1964, the 12,000-square-foot palatial home—a structure regarded by many as a magnified version of the Lake Pavilion Johnson built to accompany his famed “Glass House” in New Canaan, Connecticut—was painstakingly restored by architectural firm Bodron + Fruit, after Patty sold it to high society couple Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz in the early 2000s.
The revamped involved implementing a neutral interior color scheme intended to match Johnson’s travertine floors and walnut paneling, as well as adding steel and bronze balustrades to the twin staircases in the grand foyer. In addition, a new, glassy pool pavilion—also conceptualized by Bodron + Fruit—now sits in place of the dilapidated natatorium that once stood. Reed Hilderbrand—a Massachusetts firm—also gave the property’s grounds a much needed facelift.
The house made news headlines in the last few years after its VIP owners twice hosted POTUS himself (i.e. President Obama).