Still can’t believe this is actually the name of a housing style…
The Dingbat is a boxy, 2 or 3 story apartment/condo, consisting of relatively few units per parcel, with the living areas overhanging street-front parking. They came into prominence in the 1950’s and 1960’s, primarily in the American sunbelt.
The word itself is a bit disparaging, but dingbat refers to the star-shaped decorations (similarto typographic dingbats) that are often found on their stucco facades. Although they’re a very efficient use of limited lot sizes, they are often considered eyesores and are often the target of demolition efforts.
I’ve seen quite a few of these buildings around Dallas. There are quite a few in Oak Lawn, and one in particular on Oram in East Dallas, although I know they’re not confined to those two areas.