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MARK LEMMON, Dallas (1889- 1975): Among the most important historicist architects of 20th-century Dallas, Lemmon was acclaimed for his work with academic and ecclesiastical institutions across Texas. He's credited with bringing to Dallas architecture in the European tradition that would connect people with their long-ago past while using the latest in technical innovations. His 18 buildings for Southern Methodist University are sophisticated Georgian brick- and stone-trimmed structures recalling England and the American colonies in the mid-1700s. Lemmon's beloved Normandy cottage in Highland Park, designed for his own family, was preserved in 2021 thanks to new owners and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. © DOUGLAS NEWBY STANLEY MARCUS (1905 – 2002): Stanley Marcus was president and later chairman of the board of Neiman Marcus in Dallas, which his father, aunt, and uncle founded in 1907. Marcus put Texas on the international style map with innovations such as the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book — famous for extravagant his-and-her gifts such as a Noah's Ark (wait time: four years), matching Egyptian mummy cases, and Beechcraft planes. But it was his impeccable taste and passion for service, expressed in his books Minding the Store (1974) and Quest for the Best (1979), that set his legacy apart. Stanley Marcus, Grace Kelly, 1955 Mark Lemmon's Dallas home COURTESY DEGOLYER LIBRARY, SMU MARFA HOME (circa 1920s, redux 2021): German-born, New York City architect Annabelle Selldorf (of Neue Galerie renown), who has close ties to Marfa, reimagined a stripped-down 1920s Spanish Revival house by Henry Charles Trost (architect of The Hotel Paisano, Marfa). Selldorf reconfigured interiors, creating sequences of compression and expansion, adding a guest house and entertaining pavilion. She brought the owner's love affair with all things Marrakech to Marfa, using clay tones, sculptural elements, meticulously installed grout-less tile, pools, and pergolas. VIRGINIA SAVAGE McALESTER, Dallas (1943-2020): McAlester's 1984 book A Field Guide to American Houses made this Dallas architectural historian a nationally known poster woman for preservation causes. She led efforts to save historic homes in her early-20th-century Swiss Avenue neighborhood, and co-founded Preservation Dallas. A local TV station described her 2004 protest to rescue a dilapidated Sears Craftsman-style kit house in the Swiss Avenue Historic District as "an episode of This Old House crossed with Cops with a little civil disobedience thrown in." She co-authored Great American Suburbs: The Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas (2008) to promote the preservation of Highland Park and University Park. THE McNAY ART MUSEUM, San Antonio (1927-1929, renovation 1950- 1954, expansion 2008): Marion Koogler McNay's 24-room Spanish Colonial- Revival mansion (by the city's most prominent architects of the era, Atlee and Robert Ayres) became the McNay Art Museum after her death, housing the first modern art collection in Texas. In 2008, the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions (designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier) was unveiled, adding another 45,000 square feet of exhibition space. Machado Silvetti and Michael Van Valkenburgh's 2014 master plan introduced grounds improvements. M E M O R I A L PA R K' S C L AY FAMILY EASTERN GLADE S , Houston (2020): Inspired by the original 1930s master plan for Memorial Park by Hare & Hare, the Clay Family Eastern Glades park-within-a-park reclaims 100 previously inaccessible acres in the largest green space in Houston, offering trails, the 5 1/2-acre Hines Lake, wetlands, boardwalks, and uplifting encounters with natural habitat. This is the first major project of the bold 10-Year Plan, which accelerated the Memorial Park Master Plan that was developed after the devastating 2011 drought, commissioning internationally known landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz. NBWLA; PHOTO BARRETT DOHERTY (Continued) 75 TEXAS DESIGN ICONS 54

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