This is a must-see on your list of "Fort Worth Tours" this October 2 - 24, 2010! Clearly a fine example of what the City of Cowboys and Culture has to offer.
Historic Fort Worth's 2010 Showhouse is the mid-century modern home of Fran and the late Eddie Chiles at 1300 Shady Oaks Lane in Westover Hills, an exclusive municipality within Fort Worth, Texas. Built in 1966 on a spectacular three-acre site bordering the Shady Oaks Country Club golf course, this 12,000-square-foot masterpiece is for sale for the first time.
Proceeds from the event, HFW's largest fundraiser, benefit Thistle Hill, the McFarland House, and HFW's other community projects and programs.
Eddie Chiles made his fortune in oil as founder and president of The Western Company of North America. He was well known for his ad campaign theme "If you don't have an oil well, get one!" He was a nationally prominent strategist whose 1970s radio commentaries always opened with “I’m Eddie Chiles and I’m mad!” The listening public responded with bumper stickers stating “I’m mad too, Eddie!” He owned the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1980-89. Click for more information on Eddie Chiles.
Fran Chiles was elected to the Republican National Committee in 1980 and served in that position through the Ronald Reagan presidential years. A well-known hostess, she published a book in 1984, Parties, Parties. Fran’s management skills made it easy for the Chiles to welcome such illustrious guests as the King and Queen of Spain and at least three Presidents of the United States.
A. Quincy Jones, the nationally admired architect of the Chiles’ 12,000-square-foot home, enjoyed careers as the dean of the School of Architecture at UCLA and as a practicing architect. His clients included Los Angeles notables such as Sidney and Frances Brody, Gary Cooper, and Walter H. Annenberg. Click for more information on A. Quincy Jones.
William Haines and Ted Graber, prominent Los Angeles interior designers, were retained to complete the interior of the Chiles home, and they also designed and installed custom furniture. Haines was the top box office star of 1930 before changing careers. The partners designed homes for many of his celebrity friends including Joan Crawford and Nancy and Ronald Reagan. The Haines design firm continues today. Click for more information on William Haines.
Richard B. Myrick, a Harvard-educated landscape architect, designed the 3.3 acres at the Chiles Estate. Other Myrick commissions included the LBJ Ranch, Dallas Fair Park, City Hall, and D/FW International Airport. In 1963 Mr. Myrick teamed up with Lawrence Halprin, designer of Fort Worth’s Heritage Park Plaza, to landscape NorthPark Center in Dallas. Click for more information on Richard B. Myrick.
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