Howard Meyer
4400 Rheims
Highland Park


4400 Rheims Main
Entry Foyer
Living/Garden
Master Bedroom
West Upstairs
East Upstairs
Kitchen Etc.
Various Details


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I discovered this house, and Howard Meyer, in November 2002 when an article about this house appeared in the Dallas Morning News. The article was about a local custom home builder who had purchased the house and was intending to tear it down to build some kind of "Spanish Revival Mediterranean Tuscan French Villa English Renaissance Castle" something-or-other in it's place. Local preservationists found out about it and the builder delayed demolition to give someone who might want to save the house an opportunity to buy it. The builder does deserve credit for putting off the demolition as long as they did. The house was demolished June 10th 2003 and as of mid-2009 the lot is still vacant.

Dallas Architect Howard Meyer designed this house formerly located at 4400 Rheims Place in Highland Park, Texas. This home was built in 1949 for Morris Zale. A balcony runs the entire length of the front of the house from the chimney to the end of the west upstairs bedroom. The trees right in front obscure it some but it can be seen in the larger version of this photo if you click the photo above.

4400 Rheims as seen from the southeast. A garden room on this end of the house features a terrace on the roof. You can see the terrace railing behind the tree at the east end of the house. A large glass cube-room-thing was later added to the house just behind the garden room. The glass cube room can be seen at the right of the photo.

This was taken from the driveway behind the house. No balcony on the back, just windows and stone. 3-bay car port and service quarters extend to the left out of the picture. Click photo to see larger.

More of a plan-view of the back. You can see the stairs of the entry hall through the large entry hall windows. West upstairs bedroom is directly over the master bedroom.

Here is the 3-bay carport with service quarters to the left in the photo. Large window at the right is the kitchen window.

The rear of the house as seen from the end of the 3-bay carport. The window of the service quarters is to the immediate left. Notice the huge windows at the rear of the entryway.

This is the only shot I have of the northeast side of the house. The glass cube-room looks to me to have been built right were the back patio was but I'm just guessing. It didn't look to me like a part of the house had been removed to build it. It looked like it was just kind of stuck in the corner between the dining room and garden Room. The first time I saw it I didn't think that it worked very well with the rest of the house.


Each time I went by this house before it was torn down I would always be drawn to this particular corner. I would just stand there and "take it in." I guess it's the prominent stone chimney with all of the converging lines that impressed me. Or for a more sophisticated analysis....I guess it was just too damn cool!