You are here

Caruth Homeplace

-A A +A
1852; 1872–1876; 1938, Thomson and Perry; 2011 restored, Quimby McCoy. 5500 Caruth Haven Ln.

Most of north Dallas was built on Caruth farmland, the more than 30,000 acres William and Walter Caruth acquired starting in 1852 for agricultural use. By the mid-1930s, with agricultural prices down and the city rapidly expanding north, W. W. Caruth Jr. started to develop and build, providing much of the land for University Park, including Southern Methodist University (DS70). The Caruths’ Main House, headquarters for cotton, dairy, and cattle operations, was built in 1872–1876 in a bracketed Italianate style. The two-story house was given a classical update in 1938, with a monumental portico of six Ionic columns. In 2000, the charitable Communities Foundation of Texas, supported by the Caruth family, purchased the 5.9-acre Homeplace. Restoration work returned the exterior and interior to 1938 conditions, including repairs to 1876 materials, restoration of the 1852 old farmhouse, and construction of a new, unobtrusive office addition.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Caruth Homeplace", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 171-171.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.