Wednesday, October 27

Southern Charm on North Denton Drive

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Ariel View of 2115 North Denton

Southern homes carry structures that are designed to handle the South’s hot, humid weather. Many times, these houses include porches that foster Southerners’ sense of community. Whether these homes were new or old,  they include classic architectural details that add timeless elegance and a sense of history. 

A grand southern looking home with a veranda, white columns and the rich sense of majestic hospitality, sits on North Denton Drive in south Carrollton.  This beautiful home was built in 1948. This post World War II home sat in the northern most point of Carrollton.  I am unable to find information on original owner of this house, but I was able to find two of her families.

In 1954 Mr William K Russell moved into this home with his family. Known as WM Kinnarid, worked in the sales department of Proctor & Gamble from 1945 until 1954 when he moved to Carrollton to manage several personal investments.

2115 Denton Drive

Mr. Russell served for six years on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School Board. He retired in 1965, and at that time he held the office of Vice President. Mr Russell was a member of the First Methodist Church in Carrollton. He was also was a director of Dallas County State Bank. Mr. Russell passed away at the age of 58 in 1967.

Nan Walvoord, owner of the The Vintage House in Carrollton, remembers calling Mrs. Russell, The Day Lily Lady, because she had so many beautiful flowers growing in her gardens. Mrs. Russell remained in this home until the 1980s.  It was then when the Russell family turned the reins over to the well deserving Dycus family. Tony and Diana Dycus purchased this beautiful estate and proudly restored it. The Dycus family owned  D and D Auto Parts, located on 1430 South Broadway in Downtown Carrollton. 

Today, this home is a church, the once beautiful yard and garden is now a parking lot. Next time you pass by 2115 North Denton Drive, remember these photos and they way the Russell and Dycus family enjoyed the home and her Southern grace.