My favorite apartment landmark is the infamous Maple Terrace in Dallas, where I lived from 1994 to 2001. Built in the 1920s, this place has an amazing spirit, energy, and history. If its walls could talk! This exclusive community has always primarily housed creative types, including designers, writers, architects, curators, and artists. In fact, Judy Garland leased the seventh-floor penthouse many summers while she was performing in musicals at Fair Park. The building has a Spanish influence with its red tile roof, iron work, gated elevators, plaster walls, and fresco detailing, giving it this Old World charm and character. The building has four entrances and is U-shaped, so the through units in the center section have the benefit of both sunrises and sunsets. Plus, all of the residents kind of know what everyone else is doing, a bit like the Rear Window mystique. We all forgive the scary basement you have to walk through to get to the laundry and the tiny kitchens and closets because, frankly, it is the coolest and most unique place in town.
—Adrienne Faulkner, president, Faulkner Design Group, Dallas