You Could Live in the Former East Dallas YMCA for $2.5 Million

The landmark home that once served as the East Dallas YMCA is for sale. The house was built in 1922 by Joseph Floyd Parks for his wife and five children, and he moved them there from Swiss Avenue. A lavish April 1924 feature in The Dallas Morning News praised architect Clarence Bulger and the home's bold incorporation of the Spanish Mission style and overall "substantiality, practicability and artistic achievement." Following Joseph's death, his widow, Lucy, honored his wishes in the 1950s by selling the house -- for the then-grand sum of $60,000 -- to the YMCA. Preservation Dallas helped get the house landmark status in 2007, and The News circled back in 2008 to chronicle the mansion's meticulous restoration by Tom and Kathi Lind. (They kept the old YMCA swimming pool lifeguard chair in the garden.) Now the home is ready for a new owner. Asking price? $2.5 million, but what price history?  Continue reading...

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