Lots of  great events coming up soon that you won't want to miss! 
Preservation Dallas
2922 Swiss Avenue
Dallas TX 75204

April 2017 News & Updates
Activities Planned for National Preservation Month in May

After a successful round of  National Preservation Month activities last year Preservation Dallas is bringing the celebration  back this year! 

The month  will feature two of our biggest events of the year, the Spring  Architectural  Tour in Downtown Dallas and the Preservation Achievement Awards at The Statler. In addition there will be numerous programs  throughout the month put on by Preservation Dallas, our partners, along with co-hosted events. The Architectural  Styles of Dallas exhibit will also be on display again, this time on the 7th floor of the Central Library in downtown

The events this year will include a Scavenger Hunt at Dallas Heritage Village, a Dallas Architecture Forum Panel on Preservation Issues for Dallas, a Dallas Historical Society bus tour of Preservation Successes in Dallas, InTown Outing to City Hall, Gallery Talk at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, Pour Yourself into History, and more!  

More information about the events and programs during the month will be coming soon!
Celebrate Downtown!

Wish you could spend a day in the shoes of a true Downtown dweller?  Are you a local history buff?  Maybe you are on the prowl for that perfect place to call home.  Preservation Dallas and Downtown Dallas, Inc. are joining forces to present Celebrate Downtown! Dive In, a must see tour of Downtown rooftops and historic places on Saturday, May 6.
Properties on the tour include: Fidelity Union Building (The Mosaic), Lone Star Gas Lofts, LTV Tower, Magnolia Gas Station (KLIF/Observer Building), Mayflower Building, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Warner Brothers Building (Encore Park) and ends with a poolside wrap party at Dallas Power & Light.  Check in begins at Main Street Garden.
Reservations are required. For more information and to purchase tickets click here or call 214-821-3290.
Advanced Historic House Specialist seminar is next week!

Thursday | April 20
8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hone the skills learned in the Historic House Specialist seminar by taking our one-day advanced class. Learn about materials and methods of housing in Dallas, preservation economics, home appraisal, landscape and more. This class includes a trip to the public library for advanced historic building research. Don't delay! Enrollment is limited with just a few seats left! The past sessions have sold out with a wait list!
The workshop is $115 and includes lunch and a light continental breakfast. Realtors will receive 6 hours MCE credit. 
The 2017 Awards at The Statler  are getting closer!

We hope you have May 31st on your calendar to attend the biggest preservation celebration of the year! We are pulling out all the stops this year for the Preservation Achievement Awards to be held at The Statler, one of Dallas' biggest preservation success stories. We will be the first group to get into this amazing Dallas icon. We aren't stopping there though! We are very excited to have Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to give the keynote address. In addition we will be honoring Downtown Dallas, Inc. for their incredible work in helping to revitalize Downtown Dallas. 
So join us at The Statler on May 31 and help us show our preservation pride! The awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and reservations include valet parking, dinner and the awards ceremony. Non-member reservations also include a one year Preservation Dallas membership. Non-refundable reservations are required and can be made   here.
Arnold House after restoration. 
Preservation 80s Style!  

Last month we covered the beginnings and early work of Preservation Dallas during the 1970s. This month we are covering the 1980s, a decade of big hair, shoulder pads, and big preservation work!

In 1980, Preservation Dallas was still known by its earlier name, the Historic Preservation League (HPL). The decade started off with a bang with the HPL purchasing the Wilson Block from Fox & Jacobs, a housing developer working on plans at that time for the Bryan Place development. In order to save a group of significant Victorian-era homes in the 2900 block of Swiss Avenue from demolition the HPL stepped up to purchase the houses, which at the time were in severe disrepair in a declining area. After the purchase of the block the first effort was to restore the Arnold House for the new headquarters for the HPL. A year later the HPL convinced the Meadows Foundation to purchase the Wilson Block. They then rehabilitated all of the houses on the block for offices for nonprofits and took the queen of the block, the 1899 Wilson House, as their headquarters. The  award-winning preservation project received much attention  and became a national model. To see a video about the Meadows Foundation's work on the Wilson Block click here

Not to rest on their laurels, between 1982 and 1984, the HPL identified the Harwood Street Historic District and structures such as Hart Furniture and the Santa Fe buildings as significant historic resources. A study was also funded that convinced the Dallas Independent School District not to demolish David Crockett School. In 1983, the HPL surveyed Fair Park and successfully lobbied for landmark designation of the site. The organization published A Guide to the Older Neighborhoods of Dallas in 1986 as a way to help spur the revitalization of historic neighborhoods around the city. 

Stay tuned for the work in the 90s and our change of headquarters and name!
Warwick Melrose Hotel
Corporate Partner Spotlight:
Echelon Leadership

Echelon Leadership is a skilled project leadership company that provides experienced, proven guidance for building owners planning new construction and renovation projects. The firm serves a wide range of industries and clients, including hospitality, education, religious organizations, museums, aviation and private property owners. Its specialties include refined finishes, challenging renovations and historic restoration. Echelon is a new Corporate Partner of Preservation Dallas and also a member of Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Echelon's President and Munger Place Historic District resident, Jason Harper, founded the company in 2010, bringing more than 23 years of experience in design and construction project management for top national construction managers and real estate developers.  Some of the firm's notable projects include the 1933 American Airlines Hangar & Administration Building, the Dallas Holocaust Museum, First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Firestone & Robertson Distillery, The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, River Crest Country Club, Shady Oaks Country Club, Trinity Valley School, and Warwick Melrose Hotel.
With an emphasis on sustainability and integrating innovative technology, Echelon has established a strong reputation for completing beautiful, functional and creative projects.  Through positive strategy, creativity, integration, team building and execution, its leadership team guides ownership through every phase of design, construction and real estate endeavors, providing an enhanced owner's experience and exceeding the expectations for successful completion of each project.
Echelon's leaders have a passion for working on behalf of property owners, and their team-oriented approach is designed to achieve project goals while maintaining a superior level of quality.  The company works closely with city, state, and federal authorities, ensuring all requirements are met and serving as a liaison between all parties.  While Echelon's services are custom tailored for each client, the company always strives to meet goals in an extremely resourceful manner and ensure informed decision-making.  By leading project teams in their roles and responsibilities and ensuring alignment between design, scope, cost and schedule, Echelon creates exceptional results for its customers.
Centrally located in the historic 211 North Ervay building in downtown Dallas, the firm's reach extends to local and national clients.  Committed to delivering reliable, tailored service, Echelon treats every project with the utmost care in quality, integrity and timing. To find out more about Echelon go here

   Preservation Issues

HB 3418 - The bill made it to the Urban Affairs Committee at the State Legislature last Tuesday for discussion. This bill threatens to undermine local control over historic preservation decisions and Preservation Dallas opposes the bill.  Board President Nicky DeFreece Emery was at the Committee hearing to give testimony in opposition to the bill on behalf of Preservation Dallas. Norm Alston, a local architect in Dallas, was also there giving testimony in opposition  as well on behalf of the Dallas American Institute of Architects chapter. Evan Thompson with Preservation  Texas gave testimony in opposition  along with representatives  from San Antonio. There were also several people there from Austin that spoke in favor of the bill. At the end of the hearing the author of the bill, Representative Elkins from Houston said he would like to introduce a substitute  bill after working with both parties to come up with a compromise. The bill is now listed as pending so we will keep tracking it to make sure that if it comes back up we are there to oppose  it. To read more about the bill and its negative  impacts  to historic preservation click here.   

DART D2 - There will be two public meetings  on Tuesday, April 18 on the current options for the routing of the proposed D2 subway line. At the meetings  people  will be able to review the remaining  routes being considered for the D2 subway line, see the proposed station locations and pedestrian  access points, and hear about the expansion of the Downtown Dallas Streetcar system. The public meetings will be held in the board room of DART Headquarters at  1401 Pacific Avenue. The meetings  will take place at 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm where the same information will be presented . For more information go here

DISD - DISD has formally filed for a demolition  permit last week  for the headquarters building at  3700 Ross Avenue. The issuance  of the permit is currently on hold as it falls in the Downtown  Demolition Delay area. After that period expires the demolition  permit will be issued as there is nothing legally to stop the demolition . DISD is selling the  site for $9.4 million. The headquarters  building and several  other properties  in the DISD inventory were approved for sale in February .    

El Corazon de Tejas - A demolition permit for the restaurant located at 110 W. Davis in Oak Cliff was issued last week. The building, which was originally built as a Wyatt's Grocery in the 1940s, is not a City of Dallas Landmark or in a historic district and is outside of the Demolition Delay area in Oak Cliff so there was noting to stop the demolition permit from being issued. There has been speculation that a developer wants the site for a new CVS store. Preservation Dallas has reached out to the developer to discuss plans and possible reuse of the building instead of demolition. There has been no response from the developer. The current owners of the restaurant have stated recently that they will be "serving for the indefinite future" at that location; however, they did state they have been talking to developers. To read more about this issue click here.  
    Director's Letter
    David Preziosi
I have returned from an amazing trip to New Zealand! It's quite a haul to get over there, but well worth the hours and hours you have to spend in a metal tube shooting across the Pacific. The scenery and architecture over there are absolutely incredible. In our short time there we tried to see as much as possible spending most of the time on the South Island with a few days on the North Island before returning to the US. 

I took a little detour on the way to New Zealand, thanks American Airlines frequent flyer miles, traveling over 16 hours from Dallas to Sydney, Australia. With a 12 hour layover, thanks again miles, I was able to get into the Harbour area and tour around. I was in Sydney in 2001 but didn't get a chance to see the inside of the Opera House so I didn't squander this opportunity and took an amazing tour of the fascinating structure. I also toured around the historic areas near there before jetting off to Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.  

While on the South Island we traveled to see as many places as possible with our time constraints and the long travel times between locations. Its slow going on those windy twisty small roads. It was a joy though to not be on mega highways and dealing with insane traffic, plus all those twisty roads provided amazing vistas. Our stops included the west coast where we stayed with a family on a dairy farm, the south end of the island where we toured the amazing town of Dunedin which dates back to the 1840s that has an incredible Flemish Renaissance style rail station and a 1906 mansion, which still maintains its original integrity. On the north end of the island on the east coast we visited a family farm belonging to my sister's brother-in-law that has been in his family for over 120 years. Unfortunately the family house built in 1900, with an addition in 1918, was damaged in the 2011 earthquake. They have the unenviable task now of deciding what to do with the house as they are still waiting on insurance and engineering reports on the damage. Rounding out the coasts we got to a beach on the north end of the island for a bit to relax a couple of days before heading on to the North Island. 

To get from the South Island to the North Island we took a wonderful 3 hour ferry ride landing in Wellington. After a couple of days touring there in the rain we headed to Auckland and toured again in the rain.Thankfully is wasn't cold! While in Auckland we took a drive a couple of hours south to see Hobbiton, the movie set where they filmed the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. While not a historic site it was still fascinating to see the Hobbit holes in the side of the hills and to have an ale at the Green Dragon! 

I highly recommend a trip to New Zealand if you haven't been there! To me the most interesting part of the country were the lovely small towns  with some really fascinating architecture  you happen upon while traveling from place to place. The scenery was so incredible and certainly not a boring ride when traveling around, especially if you try and count all the sheep in the paddocks or pastures for us Americans! 

Amazing tiled concrete shells of the Sydney Opera House.
Arthur's pass on the way from the east coast to the west coast of the South Island.
Pancake Rocks on the west coast of the South Island.
Elaborate Flemish Renaissance style railway station in Dunedin.
Wharanui, the family home of my sister's brother-in-law which was damaged in the 2011 earthquake. 
Darn, I don't fit in a Hobbit hole! Visit to the Hobbiton movie set. 

Urban Armadillos Happy Hour
Wednesday | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | 2950 North Harwood Street

Join the Urban Armadillos and the Harwood District for a taste of the newest restaurant in the neighbhorhood, Dolce Riviera. Valet parking provided along McKinnon and Harwood streets.  RSVP on Eventbrite
InTown Outing - Casci Plaster Studio
Thursday | April 27 | 6 p.m. | 2615 South Good Latimer Expressway

The 87 year old Casci Plaster Studio retains decades of tools, artisans, plaster molds and finished products.  We will hear about the studio's history, it's new owners and remarks from architect Wilson Fuqua on the studio's significance to historic Dallas.  You do not want to miss this journey into the land of plaster.  You can read more about Casci here. Make reservations here  or call us at 214-821-3290.
Celebrate Downtown! Dive In
Saturday | May 6 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Begins at Main Street Garden

Join our spring architectural tour as we revisit the city's center and dive in to Celebrate Downtown!  We are excited to announce our partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc. once again to bring back one of our most popular events back to downtown! Join us on Saturday, May 6, for the Celebrate Downtown! walking tour of downtown Dallas, and "Dive In."  We will begin at Main Street Garden and visit multiple historic properties, ascending to rooftops and lofts for refreshments and unparalleled views. Make reservations here or call us at 214-821-3290.
Please Welcome Our New Members!
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Adam & Bailey Lowe Benjamin & Rebecca Redfield Marlan & Tracey Chavis


Lorlee Bartos
Cody Farris Rhonda Kraft
Marguerite Buccino
David Gallman Chris Minter
Jodie Cunningham Stephanie Irvin Jude Nash
Jo Eastwood Mohammed Nour Jaber Paul Papazian
Courtney Ellis Mike Kennedy Alyssa O'Brien Ramsey
Hannah Fairchild Mika Kondo


Amanda Adler Ashley Johnston Loree Ridgley
Caroline Buckner Megan Newbury
Jay Carson Zimri Ramos

Urban Armadillos

David Beidler Amy Johnson Quay Mercer
Amanda Brown Margaret S.C. Keliher Christopher Wyatt
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
JC & Rhea Allen
Phillip & Wendy Hansen Kristi Nedderman
Ann Bagley
Mary Harbour Sheri-Lee Norris
Barbara & Don Baynham Chip Harper Scott Potter & Cris Jordan
Karen Benderman Kathy Hewitt & Stephen Habgood James Prothro & Alfred Martinez
Deborah & Nigel Brown Heather Moore Hicks Chris Reader
Michael Callac Zachary Hilbun Cathy Roach & Gary Reeves
Robert S. Cooper Michelle & Chris Honeycutt Sheryl Row
Dallas Architecture Forum Grayson Hughes Alicia Schroeder
Holly Bock Deason Paula Jackson Amy St. Peter
Beverly & Jay Denny Timothy Jackson Barbara Stanfield
Coralie Dorman Greg Johnston Jennifer Wakefield
Harryette Ehrhardt Vance Kelley Reggie Walker
Auvern Ernst Diana & Don Kingston Eric Wall
Meg & Michael Fahrenbrook Ann Liberty & Jim Murphy Joan Walne
Alexis Fleisig Jann & John Lynch Trent & Laura Williams
Robert Florian & John Gornley Charles Marshall Janet Woodard
J.L. Forke Mark Martinek & Julie Whitmire Jeraldine Wooldridge
Carol Geckler Donald P. Moxley
Marvin Gorley Ed Murchison

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