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David Bagwell Company Is Right at Home 100 Years Behind the Times.

  Art Is at the Heart of Colleyville Developments of The David Bagwell Company.

Colleyville developer David Bagwell looks to the Nineteenth Century for ways to give his neighborhoods enduring character and appeal.

Poet John Greenleaf Whittier inspired the Whittier Heights neighborhood of $450,000+ luxury homes in Colleyville, where streets are named for Whittier's hometown, his poems, and some of his poetic themes.

Whittier often wrote about nature, which is an important part of his namesake neighborhood and the adjacent Benedict Hill at Westmont and Old Grove at Whittier Heights. The Solidago Trail courses through these developments and Colleyville's 27-acre McPherson Park. Passing beside creeks and ponds and through wooded areas, it allows pedestrians the unique opportunity to experience flora and fauna as they exercise and socialize with neighbors.

Nineteenth Century philosopher John Ruskin influences New Urbanism thinkers today who are leading communities away from sterile contemporary development practices to reclaim ideals of a bygone era. Ruskin said, "Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art…of the three, the only trustworthy one is the last."

Artistic expression is at the heart of David Bagwell Company neighborhoods. Architects Robin McCaffrey and Eric Antrim have envisioned neighborhood-identifying features inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his student Faye Jones. Among them are a pergola over The Solidago Trail, the Westmont belvedere, and Whittier Heights' lakeside pavilion. Craftsmen are at work building these landmark features, towers and fountains that create in these neighborhoods a distinct sense of place that makes them feel like home.

During the day and at night, the art of Whittier Heights, Old Grove and Westmont excites the senses. Stained glass artist Diane Baker and metalsmith Ken Beasley have combined with the stonemasons of contractor Lyndon Craig to create a Wrightian entry tower that identifies Whittier Heights as a unique address on McDonwell School Road. The terminal view up Providence Road is of a 36-foot tall Jones-inspired steel spire lit at night by colors that fascinate and please the visual senses of residents, their guests, and admirers from throughout the community.

As he traveled west, Nineteenth Century author Washington Irving became entangled in what he called the "Cast Iron Forest". Old Grove is named for vestiges of this ancient forest that have been preserved in a hilltop park overlooking Westmont, Benedict Hill, and Old Grove. Area soils sustain a wealth of native and non-native trees, and thousands are being planted in residents' yards and in common areas of the developments.

Of the Nineteenth Century inspiration for his Colleyville developments, Bagwell says, "We feel right at home 100 years behind the times. Many homebuyers appreciate the art of a richly embellished environment and are right at home too." See for yourself by driving McDonwell School Road in northwest Colleyville.


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