The house had been in contention after the city initiated the landmark process without asking current owner Mark Lovvorn's permission. Lovvorn had announced he would tear down the home, but after some controversy over the landmark process, he changed his mind.
“Although it wasn’t my initial preference, I have been pleasantly surprised how considerate and cooperative the city staff has been,” Lovvorn told the Dallas Morning News.
The preservation restrictions include the need to get permission from the Landmark Commission before making any visible exterior changes to the home. As for the insides, Lovvorn can gut them.
Originally built in 1938, the house was the site of many glamorous parties and hosted celebrities like Grace Kelly, Jerry Lewis, plus James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor while on a break from shooting "Giant" in Marfa, Texas.
Though the house is now obscured by trees, here's a Google Map to help you find it during your Sunday drive: