Front elevation

Front elevation

Side entry door by Mansbendel

Side entry door by Mansbendel

Oak bracket by Mansbendel

Oak bracket by Mansbendel

Cherub trimwork by Mansbendel

Cherub trimwork by Mansbendel

Cherub trimwork by Mansbendel

Cherub trimwork by Mansbendel

Classical trimwork by Mansbendel

Classical trimwork by Mansbendel

Bracket detail

Bracket detail

Doors to dining room

Doors to dining room

Old library mantle in stone-attributed to Mansbendel

Old library mantle in stone-attributed to Mansbendel

Example Frame

Tom Ferris

Architect/Builder: Hal Thomson
Year: 1922
Style: Italian Renaissance
Areas of Significance: Art, Architecture
City: Dallas

The Tom Ferris House

Thomas Almond FERRIS  was born February 10, 1861 in Waxahachie, TX,. He was a successful cotton broker at the Dallas Cotton exchange from 1900 -1930.  He married Sarah Ellen THOMPSON on June 29 1882 in Marysville, KY. but she died October 26 1916,  He then married Grace Manton SPEAGER on June 22, 1922 in Dallas, TX and built this house in Highland Park for her. Tom Ferris died February 4, 1930 in Dallas, TX after a brief illness.

The Tom Ferris home is located in old Highland Park on Beverly Drive and  was designed and built by renowned Dallas architect Hal Thomson in 1922. Thomson turned to Swiss master wood carver Peter Mansbendel to create the ornate carved millwork and niche doors. Featured in Architectural Digest magazine, this stately mansion is built in an L-shaped design, allowing the first floors rooms to open up to the rear terrace and garden.

Dmagazine article May 2008
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