The only certainty surrounding the dilapidated house at 9910 Inwood Road is that it will be demolished.
Located on 5 acres at the intersection’s southeast corner, the property is being sold for $6.4 million cash-only.
The home once belonged to George Fix Jr., a Legion of Merit Award recipient, businessman and engineer. Acclaimed architect Robert Johnson Perry dreamed up its design, and Neiman Marcus decorated its interior. In its heyday, the abode was the subject of constant conversation in newspapers and among patrons who attended Fix’s lavish parties, according to Dallas Morning News’ Robert Wilonsky.
“Fix cleared the land himself, using a sickle,“ Wilonsky writes. “He made the bricks for the walkway that’s still there. He designed the pond and built the retaining wall for the creek. When it was finished in ’46, it had few neighbors, among them a dairy farm.”
But the house is beyond repair.
“It’s one of the neatest listings I’ve had because of the area, because of the house on it,” Lisa Richardson, of Dallas City Center Realtors, told Wilonsky. “I’ve had people call just to ask, ‘Can I just tour the home?’ But it’s just not safe.”
Once it’s purchased, bulldozers will flatten the house. The land, in all likelihood, will be divided into five lots for redevelopment.
“No one is clamoring for its salvation, not me or the preservationists or even the women raised beneath its roof by the man this newspaper described as the “Mr. Fixit of Pacific Bombs” in the waning days of the war,” Wilonsky writes.
Wilonsky, a North Dallas neighbor, has an affinity for all things Dallas, particularly endangered historic residences. He’ll be featured in our April issue, where he talks about his love of local history.
“I’m very nostalgic for a Dallas I remember, but I’m very nostalgic for a Dallas I never knew in the ’40s and ’50s,” he says. “The crowded downtown, the packed streetcars, the crowded sidewalks. That doesn’t exist anymore.”
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