Torie Steele was searching for a historic Dallas home to renovate when she came across this 1928 Hal Thomson creation on Armstrong Parkway.
Though she had seen a number of Hal Thomson homes that she liked, she said she settled on this one because of its potential for restoration, and the fact that it had been relatively untouched since it was built.
Steele, who was previously married to former billionaire Sam Wyly, said she sought to preserve as many original materials as possible while also more than doubling the home’s footprint. She also focused on saving the history of the home.
The result is a blend of old and new.
“People that come into this house can’t tell what was original and what has been added on,” Steele said.
Steele has a background in fashion and design. She owned a number of stores along Rodeo Drive in California in the 80s and 90s, she said, and some stores in Highland Park Village, too.
In fact, in the iconic 90s movie “Pretty Woman,” Julia Roberts’ character carries shopping bags bearing Steele’s name in the scene following her spending spree down Rodeo Drive. Steele said scenes from the movie were filmed in her boutiques, and some of her employees even made it on camera.
With her eye for design, Steele said she made an effort to save the original elements of the home in the renovation process. She said she preserved the crown moldings and put plaster walls back in.
“I really wanted to make sure that we kept the integrity of the house,” Steele said.
The 11,549-square-foot historic home sits on a half-acre in Highland Park. It has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and one half-bathroom. The home is three stories tall and has a basement, but Steele says her whole home flows together as one without the levels feeling separate or distant.
Materials throughout the home were imported from around the world, sourced from Italy, Portugal, England, France and Mexico, according to the listing.
The kitchen has black and white tile details on the floor and a minimalist, bright white design with a built-in breakfast area. Throughout the home in the living rooms, dining room and bedrooms, there is paneling along the walls and an abundance of crown molding details.
The primary suite has a large bathroom outfitted in all white materials with skylights above. Steele said the sitting room off the primary suite was one of the selling points of the home, because it feels like sitting in the trees.
The home has a wine cellar, a media room, a sauna or steam room, an exercise room and even an elevator. The guest house, or carriage house, sits over the garage. An original stove that used to sit in the main house was refurbished and sits in the guest house, according to listing agent Dan Rhodes.
Though she’s selling the home, Steele said she plans to remain in Dallas. She’s lived between here and California (and across the