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Familiar Ground: Balancing Contrasting Elements

Familiar Ground: Balancing Contrasting Elements

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARLES DAVIS SMITH

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This Dallas home is rich in its history,” says interior designer Linda Fritschy of the white classic Revival- style house she was tasked with revamping. Built in 1914 by Bishop Edwin Mouzon—a Southern Methodist University founder—the dwelling was used as both a fraternity and a sorority house before being converted back into a single-family home. The current owner was very familiar with the space, which had been his childhood abode, and now lives here with his wife. “Growing up in the house was a lot of fun,” says the husband. “It was always filled with friends and family from all walks of life. But even though the home is 100 years old, we wanted a more contemporary look.”

To accomplish the owners’ goal of a contemporary aesthetic, Dan McKeithen, who helmed the build, performed an extensive renovation. “The house was gutted to the studs,” says McKeithen, who demolished and rebuilt the rear portion of the home, which had been added to through the years. He also relocated the garage from the backyard to a space underneath the rear of the home. The newly expanded kitchen and family room now feature ample storage and space thanks to the garage’s repositioning. “The topography was very accommodating to this design,” says McKeithen, pointing to the home’s location atop the highest elevation on the lot. 

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