At first glance, the Maple Terrace apartments look pristine, regal, and steeped in rich history. It's easy to see why.

The seven-story building, with its striking red-tile roof, was considered the "Grande Dame" of Dallas apartment structures. Built in 1925, the Mediterranean-style Maple Terrace was designed by British architect Sir Alfred Bossom—the same man who conjured up Dallas' first skyscraper, the famed Magnolia Building.

  Maple Terrace is located at the corner of Wolf Street and Maple Avenue—hence the name, Maple. The building has about 300 units and has seen its fair share of eccentric residents. The apartment was home to well-known fashion designers like Todd Oldham, artists, art dealers, and even TV icon Amanda Blake, otherwise known as Miss Kitty of "Gunsmoke."

In 2000, there were plans to renovate Maple Terrace into a luxury hotel. But as the economy took a nosedive, so did the plans for a conversion. Still, Maple Terrace has the chance to be restored to its former glory if High Street Residential, a subsidiary of the Trammell Crow Co., gets the official go-ahead.

FAMOUS RESIDENT: Amanda Blake, shown below with fellow "Gunsmoke" cast members, lived at Maple Terrace Apartments.
FAMOUS RESIDENT: Amanda Blake, shown below with fellow "Gunsmoke" cast members, lived at Maple Terrace Apartments.

High Street Residential plans to renovate Maple Terrace and convert the building into condominiums, and it hopes to add a new tower with more units. Although nothing has been set in stone, developers said they hope to get started early next year.