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PaperCity Dallas April 2022

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W estover Hills, an elegant enclave on Fort Worth's w e s t e r n m o s t edge, is prized for its hilly terrain, spring-fed creeks, and large houses set on lushly treed properties. The land was originally owned by legendary civic and arts patron Amon Carter and developed in the 1930s, becoming its own city in 1939. With just 277 houses, Westover Hills remains one of Texas' most coveted and wealthiest places to live. Dallas architect Weldon Turner has built countless houses there and around the country since opening Turner Boaz Architecture in 1993, and he has a reputation for honoring the land. "We try to lay a house out in a way that's respectful of existing trees and keep as many as are important on a site," he says. When a couple hired him to build a house on two acres in Westover Hills that included a grove of old live oaks, he looked to the trees for guidance. In lieu of a single large structure, Turner designed various buildings that he connected by galleries, allowing him to maneuver around the largest trees. That description is a bit of an oversimplification for such a complex layout, but as unconventional as it is, the house itself works seamlessly and brilliantly with the site. Gnarled and majestic, the live oaks are now framed by windows and enveloped in COMPOSITION: OF WHITE PLANES BY REBECCA SHERMAN. PHOTOGRAPHY LISA PETROLE. ART DIRECTION MICHELLE AVI√ĎA. ARCHITECTURE WELDON TURNER, TURNER BOAZ ARCHITECTURE. INTERIOR DESIGN JULIE HAYES, SIMMS HAYES DESIGN. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MARY ELLEN COWAN, MESA. ARCHITECT WELDON TURNER AND DESIGNER JULIE HAYES CREATE A MODERNIST HOME IN WESTOVER HILLS COMPOSED OF A SERIES OF STRUCTURES WITH MAJESTIC VIEWS. (Continued) BY COLOR CONNECTED 107

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