They Done Tore Down Sue Ellen Ewing's House

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Photos courtesy Scott Dorn
Friend of Unfair Park PeterK directs our attention this morning to a just-posted Flickr set from friend of the show Scott Dorn, a photographer who has spent the last several years documenting this teardown town. Turns out, Scott got a last-minute call late last week from Lindamood Demolition, the company razing 4930 Park Lane, the 1938 manse that's the longtime home of Robert Dedman Jr., former CEO of ClubCorp, which was founded by his late father. (Though Scott tells me this morning he was informed, by the housekeeper who was there New Year's Eve, that the house was actually built in '25, 13 years earlier than Dallas Central Appraisal Records indicate.)

Scott, armed with only a cell phone and two disposable cameras, caught as much of the action inside and out as he could -- in large part because he, maybe like you, recalls the home serving as Sue Ellen's house on Dallas. (It's always been a highlight on that drive along Park, between Inwood and Midway.) Notes Scott, "Robert Dedman tried to have the house restored, but the cost was $15 million to restore it -- too much money." This is what it looked like just before the 'dozers got to 'dozing. Two more photos, from Scott's Facebook page, follow.

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22 comments
shameshame
shameshame

What a damn shame. That place was my favorite house in the city...I remember was a kid wanting to own it when I was older. There really needs to be more historical preservation efforts in this city, instead of letting people tear down landmarks to build stucco Mediterranean trash. 

Howie Isaacks
Howie Isaacks

That's the house that Pam's mother, Rebecca Wentworth bought. Sue Ellen had a much smaller house.

steve
steve

If you believe it was going to cost 15 million to restore that house then you'll believe anything...maybe a couple of million but it's easier to tear something down than to restore. I hate this city sometime

Robert
Robert

I'm declaring the house architecturally insignificant.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Sue Ellen's "mother" lived on Swiss Avenue and sister-in-law Pam Ewing lived in the original Herbert Marcus Estate (just down from the Arthur Kramer Estate) on Westlake in Lakewood. That's where Bobby was run-over by the crazy Katherine Wentworth (in a dream).

Montemalone
Montemalone

How could it possibly cost $15 mil to restore? It wasn't falling down.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Bu..bu..but what of the movie? For those of us still in utero when they done shot J.R.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

T'was the scene of many afternoon [and late night] pool parties back in the 70's. Sad to see it go.

El Rey
El Rey

Why are they so haphazardly tearing the thing down? I would think the hardwood floors and many pieces of trim and fixtures would be salvageable. Not to mention the stonework could be easily cleaned up and used on local restoration projects.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

1925 seems too early for that part of town. DCAD's probably closer to right.

NoTolerance
NoTolerance

Anyone know if they filled in that pool? I'd like to go skate it. Hit me up on twitter, usrename whatwebecome.

ReelG
ReelG

15$ Mil to restore? Sounds like somebody had some pretty outrageous bids, or wanted an excuse to tear down. As somebody who has rehabed houses in much worse condition (or so it seems) that quote sounds way off base... unless you wanted to restore and modernize the house beyond recognition, which appears to be what they'll do after it's gone. Either way - it would look the same after 15$ Mil.

ceekcross
ceekcross

Pam Ewing's mother lived in the Park Ln house

Planotricia
Planotricia

what goes next...Southfork Ranch. I grew up in Dallas, Watched the show, watched Dallas grow. Just sikens me, that the new generation wants to just tear down historical homes just because they think its old. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. That was a lovely home. The old homes is what gives Dallas its charm. It's what drew people here in the first place. Stupid.

ceekcross
ceekcross

No kidding ! This ia true reflection on the greed that has inflected our nation.How on earth do you need a house with more than 5 bedrooms with a living quarters ? Sounds like another euro style med. with retro-modern fittings is destined to keep the wife out of his hair for many decades.Party on friends,stay true. "Money doesn't buy you love" The countess.

Daniel
Daniel

Did you know Jill Crossen?

Sdorn
Sdorn

El rey Lindamood had a salvage team that went to to save all the wood floors and fixtures I got there as they were finishing up.

Aaron
Aaron

I'm sure it would be more expensive to remove the materials and restore them than just buying new ones.

Bob
Bob

Uhhhh, terrible transitions for skating, dude.

ceekcross
ceekcross

This home was completely gutted and redone in '74 under the direction of Jed Mace.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Yes, haven't seen Jill since I was a teenager, and that's been a looooong time.

back-in-the-day
back-in-the-day

thought that looked like the crossen's house. jill RIP.

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