Mid-Century Real Estate Question: The Carport Enigma. Why Are Most Mid Century Modern Homes Built Without Regular Garages?

Published April 12, 2012 by Candy Evans

Mid Century fanatics out there, can you tell us? I was born in the (ahem, way latter) part of the mid-century and grew up with this stuff and in a tri-level home. But in Chicago, bet your booty we had a garage! Anyone know why most mid centuries in Dallas and Cali come with carports instead of garages? Where did the carport originate anyhow? Speaking of, I drove by the “Bruce Goff House that is not a Bruce Goff House” the other day at 7507 Baxtershire, JanMar, Dallas’s famous round house. They have completely removed the dome in front.

Actually, they did this prior to selling. The home was last listed with David Nichols, Mathews-Nichols at Allie Beth Allman, was last in MLS for $899,000. Ohhh this puppy started out at $1,150,000. The story is that Bruce Goff designed it, but that has never been confirmed. I wonder if taking down the tree trellis helped move it. It closed in February of 2011 and is on DCAD for $651,000, which indicates that the selling price was somewhat lower than $899,000.

The  “Round House” as legend has it was commissioned by a Dallas bon vivante named Eddie Parker. Built in 1961, the home is loaded with 1960s-era materials such as bamboo, rattan, and Hawaiian mahogany. Amenities include an indoor pool, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, four living areas, and, at one time,  a wisteria-covered steel dome over the circular motor-court. Additional touches include mosaic murals and 24-karat gold-dipped ceramic tiles in the main living area. Oh yes, and a carport, which brought me to this conversation!

— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at CandysDirt.com