Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Photos: Be art, live art at the recently-listed Rachofsky home
No word if a docent is included in the listing price.
DALLAS Cindy and Howard Rachofsky are about the most art-zealous people you can find in Dallas. They literally live art, now perhaps more than ever. Howard built the Rachofsky House on 8605 Preston Road in 1996 just north of Northwest Highway, the home being a complete collection of art from the lawn to the architecture by renown architect Richard Meier.
The Rachofsky House is the private home and contemporary art collection of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The house aims to offer a unique experience with contemporary art and architecture through Richard Meier’s building, the rotating installations inside and the outdoor sculptural works, most of which are site-specific.
Howard is a lawyer and former Wall Street hedge fund tyke. In 1986, Financial World magazine called him one of the 100 highest-paid people on Wall Street, even though he was working from a Dallas office. A lot of the money he made was invested in art, contemporary art, as well as philanthropy, which he then loaded and displayed into the Preston Road estate which he unveiled like a canvas in 1996. For a year, Howard lived there — the home has only one or two bedrooms. Then he married Cindy and they enlisted Lionel Morrison — The Art House, One Arts Plaza — to build a family home for them at 5911 Glendora in Preston Hollow east of Preston, about a mile from 8605 Preston. Glendora was built in 1997.
And just yesterday, Claire Dewar, one of Briggs Freeman’s tip-top agents, listed 5611 Glendora. Asking $2,695,000.
The Glendora home is 5,800-square-feet of thoroughly modern with four bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, chic swimming pool and deck, covered patio, and “Art collector owner installed state of the art lighting.” Translation: lighting you’d find at The Rachofsky House is here. As expected, the home has lush, large windows viewing the 1/2 acre of soothing, manicured gardens.
The master is upstairs and divine: his and her baths, office & terrace in the master suite, plus two more bedrooms. There is a second master downstairs. The grounds have matured over the years and you are getting a home with huge magnolias and other ripe trees, a gated driveway into a courtyard, and a three car garage.
According to Curbed, a great deal of the Rachofskys' collection is settled in a new space, known as The Warehouse, and the Rachofskys plan to live at 8605 Preston Road full time.
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