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The Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour is returning after two years of cancellations due to the pandemic. The 2022 home tour is May 7 and 8, and six homes and a garden in the Swiss Avenue Historic District will be open for tours. The event will offer live entertainment, activities for children, food catered by Garden Cafe and food trucks, a vintage auto display and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Attendees can tour the homes in any order. Neighborhood tour guides will provide background and history about the homes and the district. The homes included in the tour are located along Swiss Avenue and Bryan Parkway (the historic district also includes portions of adjacent streets).
Nancy Phillips, chair of the 2022 home tour and a homeowner in the district, said members of the community feel an obligation to share their historic homes with others.
“When you buy a house in the Swiss Avenue Historic District, you’re agreeing to preserve the history and to preserve this important piece of our past in Dallas,” Phillips said.
The seven total properties on the tour reflect a variety of design styles from a number of American Foursquare and Prairie Foursquare-style homes to Tudor-style and Georgian revival homes. Information about the properties was provided by the homeowners, Phillips said, and much of the historic background comes from the Swiss Avenue Historic District Association’s records and Preservation Dallas.
4912 Swiss Ave.
This American Foursquare-style home was built in 1918. The home has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and one half-bathroom. The second-level primary suite has access to a private, screened-in porch.
4946 Swiss Ave.
This home will only be open for a tour of the garden, which the owners have transformed and updated. They added a pool and a cabana and enhanced the outdoor spaces. This home was originally built in 1913 for Bishop Joseph P. Lynch and was previously used as a monastery, convent, rectory and chancery.
5416 Swiss Ave.
This home was built in 1916 and has a Georgian Revival design. The interior of the home was extensively remodeled in 2018, including reconfiguring some elements of the layout.
5533 Swiss Ave.
This Prairie-style home was originally built in 1916. It has many original details inside, including a Rookwood fireplace surround, original hardwood floors and many original doors and windows.
5647 Swiss Ave.
This home is a Prairie Foursquare design and was built in 1916. The home has many original details, like a Rookwood tile fireplace surround and original built-in cabinets. The homeowners restored the hardwood floors, added a new fireplace surround in one of the living rooms and updated the bathrooms. One interesting note for readers: The home is currently on the market and under contract.
6209 Bryan Parkway
The home at 6209 Bryan Parkway has an American Foursquare design with a few elements that mimic the French Eclectic and Beaux Arts styles. The home was built in 1922 as a single-family home but was used as a boarding house in the 1950s and 1960s.
6303 Bryan Parkway
This Eclectic Tudor Revival home was built in 1924. In 2014, the kitchen and two bathrooms were renovated, along with structural renovations. The home has original elements like a fireplace, chandelier, wood floors and some windows and trim are also original.
Tickets to the Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour can be purchased online. They are $30 in advance and $35 the weekend of the event. Children 12 years old or younger are admitted for free.