The Advocate acknowledged the first history-inspired home that neighborhood residents Clark Mitchell and J.W. Brasher built in the Peak’s Suburban Historic District by putting it on our January 2004 cover. Last week, Preservation Dallas recognized the owners of Swiss Avenue Homes for the house they built next door to that one, at 4830 Swiss Ave. It won the award for “Best New Construction in a Historic Neighborhood.” All together, Mitchell and Brasher have built three homes that blend with the 1910s architecture of the neighborhood.

The two homes were built on a double lot, which had been vacant for some 30 years, Mitchell said. The partners bought one side of the lot about six years ago. The other side changed hands three times before they acquired it and started building last year.
 
“It looks so authentic,” homeowner Virginia Campbell said. Friends who come to visit often mistake it for an antique house, she said. Campbell and her husband moved to the house from a 30-year-old home in Lake Highlands, and they like the front-porch-lounging, social aspect of their street. “Plus, we’ve never lived in a new house,” she said.


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