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Dallas CASA Playhouse Project

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The Environmental Architecture students of the Moody Advanced Professional Studies at Highland Park High School, led by their instructors Yvette Hightower and Jeff Barrows are pleased to present the 2022 Highland Park/Lee Lewis Dallas CASA Playhouse. Students in the Environmental Architecture class interpreted 100-year-old construction drawings of the WIlliams House located in University Park and designed the replica as a final project. The home has recently been purchased by Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones who have begun restoration work and will preserve the Texas-Regional style home as it has been identified as the most important house in Texas. 

The Williams House, the most important home in Texas

Students developed this project, the playhouse and matching dollhouse, in partnership with Lee Lewis, Stantec and Preservation Park Cities. We also want to thank the Barrett Family who contributed funds towards the construction cost, Dobson Roofing and Westside Construction Services. For their expertise in the classroom, in the design and construction of the project, we thank Taylor Armstrong, Bob Clark and Larry Good.

The Moody Advanced Professional Studies program equips students with a post-secondary competitive edge by connecting rigorous, interdisciplinary coursework with professional, industry-relevant experiences. 

To learn more about the Williams House, we invite you to watch the Preservation Park Cities Home Tour featuring this beautiful property. 

Click here to learn more about Preservation Park Cities

Click here to learn more about Dallas CASA


Learn more about the MAPS playhouse project

Click here to read MAPS students build dollhouse replica for the Dallas CASA project or visit the MAPS webpage to learn more about the program and specialized courses offered to HPHS students.

Click here to watch the MAPS Environmental Architecture Dollhouse Project video or click here to read the Dallas CASA blog post about the HPHS project.

Media Coverage:
  • The project was also featured in the Park Cities People, click here to read. Additional coverage by Park Cities People can be found here.
  • My Sweet Charity spotlights the 2022 Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses, click here to read.
  • Preservation Park Cities shared the MAPS project story by HPISD on its Facebook page, click here.
  • The Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses was featured on WFAA's Good Morning Texas, watch here.