Our Story

Origins of the White Rock Home Tour.

THOUGHTS

“As a longtime resident of the White Rock Lake area, specifically Old Lake Highlands, I can't think of a more vibrant community to live and work.

My husband and I fell in love with the lake and the unique vibe of the neighborhood back when searching to buy our very first mid-century modern home almost 15 years ago. It has been a pleasure to watch our children grow up here, and now, for our family to be active members of the Hexter community.

Since living in the neighborhood, we haven’t missed a single year of the White Rock Home Tour. So now, as a Realtor and proud Hexter mom, I am pleased and honored to sponsor the White Rock Home Tour, and to give back to the community that has contributed so much to our family.

Jennifer Riley Rice, RealtorCo-Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 WRHT

“My passion has always involved architecture and the joy of connecting people with a space that they can call home. Today, as a parent of 2 children who thrive in our amazing community school, Hexter Elementary, my passion has grown beyond just connecting people with architecture, but rather connecting people with a greater community and a common cause...our children.”

David Collier, RealtorCo-Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 WRHT

“I am always excited to see what will be on the tour each year, it is always an excellent opportunity for increasing awareness and appreciation for our local residential architecture and design culture, specifically modern homes. Whether it is mid-century homes that still exist in their original condition, restorations, renovations, or recent construction, they all offer opportunities for exposure to quality design.Through the variety of digital and printed media, modernism is perhaps more accessible than ever, but nothing can replace actually experiencing a project in person. These tours provide that opportunity.”

Cliff Welch, ArchitectAIA

“There are many great home tours in the North Texas area, but we value our collaborations with the White Rock Home Tour especially. Curated by a passionate group of volunteers on behalf of a worthy cause, the tour spotlights the residential architecture of one of Dallas' most interesting neighborhoods. Their attention to Ju-Nel Homes, a small firm which created some wonderful mid-century gems specifically for their sites and using materials particular to Texas, is exciting and led to a popular exhibition at the Center several years ago. This is an event not to be missed.”

Jeff Brown, ArchitectDallas Center for Architecture

“As a realtor specializing in modern homes, the White Rock Home Tour is a perfect fit for me and I am proud to sponsor this event every year. When I have families that need to balance their love of modern homes with the need for a good school for their children, Hexter Elementary is often the first area I show them.”

Ed Murchison, RealtorLong-time WRHT Sponsor & Founder of the Modern Mile Tour

“I'm blown away with how positive this experience has been. EVERYONE who is a part of the tour has been so friendly, gracious, professional and kind. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I felt so proud to be part of such a coveted local event.”

Erin MichaelHomeowner

The White Rock Home Tour was conceived by a small group of Hexter Elementary School parents who were interested in mid-century architecture. These industrious parents found a way to combine their love of modern design and passion for supporting their neighborhood school in Old Lake Highlands.

It was a fortunate coincidence that the Tour’s founding parents were neighbors and lived on a lovely street graced with Ju-Nel homes. Designed by Lyle Rowley and Jack Wilson, the mid-century modern homes feature low horizontal flat roofs, open space, rather than traditional rooms, an appreciation of nature and a prominent use of glass, which leads to an abundance of natural light. The tour began as a showcase for the area’s treasure trove of Ju-Nel Mid-Century Moderns (MCMs) and remains committed to providing tour-goers with access to some of the most interesting (and sometimes hidden) MCMs and new modern homes in the area.

As an added bonus to enjoying the area’s most beautiful modern home design, tour-goers have the satisfaction of knowing that every dollar spent on the tour goes to the Hexter Elementary PTA. Like the modern homes showcased by the WRHT, Hexter is a true gem of a DISD school. The school has won a coveted Blue Ribbon award and continues to be one of the highest performing elementary schools in the District and in Texas. The school serves a diverse population of students with a top-notch public education. Parent engagement at the school is exceptionally high and the White Rock Home Tour is one of our most significant fundraisers, allowing us to invest in needed campus improvements, technology and literacy. We love our school and our WRHT and are thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community that supports modern architecture and public education!

“White Rock Home Tour was conceived in 2006 to celebrate the untold story of two up and coming Dallas architects from the 1950’s whose mid-century modern home designs shaped the northeast side of White Rock Lake.  The tour draws together a group of people who appreciate good design, who are drawn to White Rock Lake, and who support strong neighborhoods and the schools that serve them.”

-Christine Rogers 
Founder, White Rock Home Tour