BEFORE Over the years I have restored countless antiques as well as two, 100-year old homes, so I was immediately drawn to this subject. Originally an opulent residence for a prominent Dallas family in the early 1900's then a makeshift YMCA in the 60's and 70's, the Parks Estate had fallen into serious disrepair in the years that followed and was in danger of being demolished. When I heard the property had been purchased by a Dallas couple who planned to restore it to its original grandeur, I immediately had the idea to document the property it in its dilapidated state. By documenting the “before” I hoped to help people see that no matter how far gone a place may appear to be, restoration is almost always preferable to demolition. With that in mind I focused on details that I knew, in their transformed state, would be magnificent. The main stair case, a pile of original masonry heaped in the living room, the faded parquet inserts in the floors. I hoped that, once the home was gleaming and immaculate once again, these photos would have their full impact and help make what I believe to be an important and worthwhile statement about the restoration and preservation of beautiful and worthwhile things from our past. Prints are available in an 8" x 10" and 20” x 16” size as an archival inkjet on satin fiber paper. Series is in an edition of 10 and 5 respectively. Prints are available in an 8" x 10" and 20” x 16” size as an archival inkjet on satin fiber paper. Series is in an edition of 10 and 5 respectively.