Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 26, Number 1, Spring 2014 Page: 36
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In the years before the house at 4005 Miramar was finally torn down in 1964, it had become nearly obscured
by overgrown weeds and shrubbery.
by 35 neighbors who asked the township to con-
demn the S. S. Miramar and order the Newtons to
tear it down. The Newtons, as if sensing a threat,
moved back into the house.58
The township attempted to persuade the
Newtons to clean up the property; township of-
ficials and attorneys held conferences with them,
at one point seeking to work with Dr. Frank
Newton rather than Cosette, providing detailed
instructions on how to meet the codes, and grant-
ing permits necessary to meet their specs.59 Co-
sette responded by installing penitentiary-grade
iron bars, concertina wire, a series of German
shepherd guard dogs. Neighbors who had paid
a pretty penny to live on Miramar came home
to a 31-motel-umbrella salute, akimbo at assorted
angles to deflect, she said, dead animals and beer
bottles thrown by delinquent teenagers.60
By 1953, the patient township of Highland
Park had had enough. City attorney J. C. Muse
obtained a temporary restraining order against any
further modifications at the property when High-
land Park joined with thirteen of the Newtons'
neighbors, represented by Angus Wynne, Sr., in
bringing suit against the Newtons, seeking a man-
datory order to tear the ship down and remove
the fortress-like walls and barbed wire around the
In the run up to the August 27 district court
hearings for the case, The Dallas Morning News ran
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