Course Description

Experience Dallas’ architecture first-hand through guided walks through the city's distinctive, historic neighborhoods. Learn about significant historic homes, important architects, and notable occupants. With an expert as your guide, explore the development of Dallas neighborhoods from their initial planning and evolution over the past century. 

Course Outline

Each tour focuses on a specific topic. Register for each section individually, based on your interest.

Spring 2021 tours include:

Historic Highland Park
Learn about the history and early development of the Town of Highland Park, one of the most popular, exclusive, and beautiful neighborhoods in the United States. Explore some of the town’s verdant parks and stroll past homes in an array of architectural styles designed by architects like Hal Thomson, O’Neil Ford, and others.
Please Note: This tour covers approximately 1.5 miles and includes numerous steps.

Swiss Avenue Historic District
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dallas’ Swiss Avenue includes one of the finest collections of early twentieth century residential architecture in the country. Learn about architects like Bertram Hill, Lang and Witchell, and Hal Thomson who designed in diverse architectural styles that lend this neighborhood its beauty and distinction.

Greenway Parks
This verdant, historic neighborhood is a microcosm of architectural styles spanning the twentieth century and includes masterful homes, the earliest from 1927, by prominent Dallas architects like Howard Meyer, Charles Dilbeck, Fooshee and Cheek, Fonzie Robertson and Clyde Griesenbeck. Following the English Commons tradition, Greenway Parks is the only Dallas neighborhood design featuring homes clustered around a series of open private parkways.


Register for the full series at a discounted rate.
In order to receive the series discount, add each section to your cart. Discount will be available upon checkout.


  • Online registration closes two days before the start of the class, unless noted on individual sections.
  • Late registration is welcome! Please contact SMU CAPE at 214-768-2273 for assistance.
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