2010 OCSFA Fall Salon Series – “Eclecticism in Architecture”

Thursday, November 11 7:30 – 9:00pm
“Eclecticism in Architecture”
Richard Davis

Dallas based architect Richard Davis will discuss the origins and practice of the architecture of eclecticism which created the residences and estates of the “Gatsby Era” during the Roaring 20’s and into the 1930’s. Particular attention will be given to the homes of Kessler Park built in European styles. Davis will address the change in design direction in America following the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1892, the leading architects of the period and their work, and the important Dallas architects and their work in Oak Cliff. The presentation will also discuss contemporary eclectic styles.

Richard Davis is president of Richard Davis Architects, Inc. and received his masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University. He has owned his firm for over thirty years and is recognized for his design of local and national luxury residences. Davis is also known for his striking renovation and restoration of the Kessler Theater. He has lived in Winnetka Heights since 2003.
Sponsors for this evening:
Diane Sherman
David Griffin & Co. Realtors
Friends of Turner House
Scott Chase and Debra Witter
Methodist Health System
Miranda Realty Company
Square Foot, Inc.

Tickets may be purchased in 3 ways:

1. With a credit card, on this website, below
2. Mail a check to us at: OCSFA, P.O. Box 222332, Dallas, TX 75222
3. At the door with a check or cash.



Welcome to Turner House

Located in the historic Winnetka Heights neighborhood in Oak Cliff, Turner House is the home of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. This beautiful landmark provides an elegant and charming location for many types of events. The Society, founded in 1926, seeks to preserve this architectural jewel and enhance the quality of life in North Oak Cliff by providing a unique space for community and private events.

Explore our website to learn about our history and current mission, our community events, and renting Turner House for your own event.

We’d also hope you would consider becoming a Member, Sponsor, Donor or Volunteer.

This Old House: Roof Report

In mid-April, Ballantyne Roofing and Gerlach Construction completed the rebuild of the front quadrant of the Turner House roof.

The roof structure has been reinforced and stabilized, the dormer and the eaves were rebuilt, and tiles were replaced where needed. See the slideshow for all whole story. Once again, we’d like to thank our “roof angels” who made this possible: Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Shambhala Body Gallery, and the Bishop Arts Merchant’s Association. We literally could not have undertaken this critical improvement without your generosity and community spirit. Now, we begin to rebuild our Capital Campaign Fund for the Phase II work, which will be the southern quadrant of the roof. You can be an important part of restoring this valuable Oak Cliff asset by making a donation on this website, or contact us atinfo@turnerhouse.org.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Grants $10,000 to Turner House

The Board of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League voted on November 6, 2009 to grant Turner House $10,000 towards the repair of the roof. This is the largest grant in the League’s history and it is making it possible for the Society to start on the first phase of the roof rebuild.

The League notes that Turner House is one of the four original estate homes that anchor the Winnetka Heights Historic District and it is hopeful that this grant will demonstrate Oak Cliff’s commitment to Turner House’s future. It is their wish that Turner House be open and accessible to the community for many years to come.

Ten thousand thank-you’s to the board of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League. They have done so much to raise awareness of our beautiful neighborhoods and to support a multitude of improvement projects by neighborhood associations. This commitment to the future of Turner House is deeply appreciated. Go to ooccl.org to learn more about the League.

Shambhala Body Gallery Helps to Put a Roof on Turner House

Shambhala Body Gallery owners Robert Ungemach and Keith Emmons also wanted to help raise funds to repair the Turner House roof, and so they ran a campaign to ‘Put a Roof on Turner House’, donating 10% of all their home fragrance sales during October, November and December. They have just announced that they will be writing a check for $3000 to the Society. This is great news and also enables us to complete the first phase of repairs.

Be sure to visit Shambhala at their gorgeous new location on Bishop Avenue and support this great Oak Cliff business and these generous entrepreneurs. We love you guys!