Vaughn selected one of the last few remaining lots in Dentwood – a tranquil tract bordering a quiet lake dotted with ancient oak trees. The site was formerly the country estate of theater impresario, Louis Dent. The neighborhood gradually filled in with spectacular homes built by Dallas notables including oilman Paul Scott, builder Jack Neece, retailer Harold Volk and architects William Lang and George Dahl.
In more recent history, this spectacular home was the family residence of the late Dallas developer, Allan Zidell. Zidell was a successful, self-made man responsible for building several thousand apartment units and dozens of commercial structures in the booming Dallas economy. His family grew in step with his business and in 1971 he and his wife, Joyce, began to look for a larger home for their five children. When a realtor showed them the home on Dentwood, they knew it would be perfect for their family.
Over the next generation, the new family’s memories would be made there. Once again, children’s’ voices rang through the house. Allan and Joyce’s children and their cousins remember summer days of splashing in the pool and rowboat adventures on the lake.