The Swiss Avenue Project


This is a personal project that we have been working on since 2009. More images soon. All images here and throughout this site are Copyright 1998 – 2016 by Lawrence Standifer Stevens. All rights reserved. For licensing information, please contact us.

Overview Video

This video tells the story of how the Swiss Avenue Project came about and shows several of the more than 100,000 images we shot between 2009 and 2011. After the jump, please take a look at the gallery of images that show in great detail some of the lost glory of one of the most (in)famous houses on Swiss Avenue.

The Homes and Businesses of Swiss Avenue

Because most of the photos in this project are long, skinny panoramas, I highly recommend that you view the images on the desktop, rather than on your cell phone. There is much detail that will simply be lost when viewing on a mobile device.

It is rare that I will post unfinished work on my website. This is an exception to that "rule." The following galleries contain images that may not yet be finished. Some are processed or cropped differently and it may look to the casual observer that there are duplicates. Some will not make the final cut. The total number of photographs in the collection will likely be several times this number. Several events on the street have not yet been included, only because it takes time to process such a large quantity of photographs. And the order is most definitely not in its final form.

That said, I want you to have a look at some of the images I shot of Swiss Avenue during 2009–2011. There have already been changes on the street and those changes will only multiply with the passage of time. Please enjoy and contact me if you have any questions.

4949 Swiss Avenue

The story behind this beautiful old house is both long and sad. Robert Wilonsky, writing for the Dallas News, tells the tale of the "Queen of Swiss Avenue" in some detail. In a story he wrote in 2014 for the Dallas Morning News, he shed some light on the demolition of the burnt-out shell of the "Queen's" carriage house back in 2014.

Here is a sneak peek at some images of one of the most famous/infamous houses on Swiss Avenue in Dallas — 4949 Swiss Avenue — before it was sold and refurbished.