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The Footprints of 19th Century Giants Can Be Seen Throughout David Bagwell Company's Colleyville Neighborhoods.

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

The 19th Century was a time when giants walked the earth, thought great thoughts, and did great deeds. Today, their insights and precedents guide the Colleyville development work of the David Bagwell Company.

Frederick Law Olmstead, considered the father of American landscape architecture, created interest with undulations in ground form, water features, and notable trees standing apart from the group. His designs welcomed the community into the landscape, and his instinct for conservation can still be seen today in rock outcroppings and landforms that he left intact.

Washington Irving, father of the American short story, was a proponent of Romantic landscape ideals in which the main interest of the landscape is placed into the background, where grand features forbid the eye to proceed and nothing tempts it to trace its way back again.

John Ruskin was one of the most influential figures of the Victorian age. His urban vision was of a central green as the focal point of the community with footpaths to ensure the accessibility of neighborhood schools, churches, and stores. Further he advocated an ecological belt of streams and marshland to serve as natural border for the community.

Considered a national treasure in his day, New England poet John Greenleaf Whittier oft turned to his natural surroundings for inspiration. Of the river that flows through Haverhill, his hometown in Massachusetts, Whittler wrote:

By hills hung with forests, through vales wide and free,
Thy mountain-born brightness glanced down to the sea.
No bridge arched thy waters save that where the trees
Stretched their long arms above thee and kissed in the breeze: 
No sound save the lapse of the waves on thy shores,
The plunging of otters, the light dip of oars.

Frank Lloyd Wright, who also acknowledged going to nature for inspiration in his work, brought the notion of "organic architecture" to the world with designs that emphasize traditional materials and simple forms. These ideals are closely related to the Arts and Crafts Movement, which the aforementioned Ruskin in part inspired.

The footprints of these giants may be seen in the idyllic neighborhoods of Whittier Heights, Old Grove at Whittier Heights and Benedict Hill at Westmont on McDonwell School Road in northwest Colleyville. Graced already with lakes, creeks, rolling terrain, and a remnant of what Washington Irving called "The Cast Iron Forest", this picturesque land is being enriched today by the planting of over 10,000 trees at home sites and in common areas.

Amity among residents is also encouraged in these neighborhoods by architectural standards that inspire ample front porches and terraces in a pedestrian friendly environment. Miles of trails, including a Poet's Walk, and neighborhood identifying features like the lakeside pavilion, hilltop belvedere, vine-covered pergola, stained glass entry monuments, fountains, and common area sculptures afford these neighborhoods of $450M+ custom homes the palpable cachet and enduring value of timeless character. For more information, go to www.bagwellcompany.com or contact Marketing Representative Susan Folkert at 214-902-0882.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Excellence in craftsmanship and deference to proper proportion distinguish luxury homes in David Bagwell Company neighborhoods.

 

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