Tucked behind wrought iron gates in the exclusive Mayflower Estates of Preston Hollow is perhaps the most impressive and architecturally significant private estate in the country. Walnut Place, the breathtaking limestone mansion designed in 1938 by world-renowned architect Maurice Fatio, was his final, definitive work – a lasting tribute to a bygone era of artistry and craftsmanship that shaped every detail of this irreplaceable residence. The home was commissioned by – and served as a luxurious outpost for – the Italian Count Pio Crespi, who had been sent to Dallas to oversee his family’s cotton empire. Host to Presidents, celebrities and far-flung dignitaries, the Count entertained guests in a lavish silver-leafed Art Deco bar room and a stunning library paneled in 19th century Italian walnut and burl. The original property, which included the main house and 12 acres, remained in the Crespi family until 1997. When the current owners acquired it, they began a meticulous restoration and expansion which took nearly 3 years and as many as 250 designers, builders and artisans – including renowned Dallas builder John Sebastian, noted New York architect Peter Marino and London landscape architect Arabella Lennox-Boyd. After careful acquisition of several surrounding parcels, the property has doubled in size and now includes 25 acres of prime Preston Hollow real estate – valued at nearly $2 million per acre. Today, it is the largest single residential property in central Dallas, with the city’s bustling downtown, uptown and Arts District a mere 8 minutes away. In addition to a greatly expanded 28,000+ square foot residence, the estate includes a three story guest house, a separate three bedroom “Family Home” with separate entrance, a massive recreation complex with expansive outdoor living area, tennis court, several greenhouses, rose and vegetable gardens and extensive landscaping on a wooded, creek side lot that is simply unmatched in the area.