Join us from home for Summer Sizzlers!
Summer Sizzlers starts tomorrow, August 18!
Preservation Dallas is pleased to present the 2020 season of Summer Sizzlers – our popular series of educational lectures offering insights into preservation topics, architecture and history! This year we are going virtual with the programming and each lecture will be held virtually at 6pm on Tuesday nights starting August 18. We have an exciting list of programs including:

  • Main Street, Texas – August 18
  • The Ugliest Building in Town: Telephone Buildings, Design, and Technology - August 25
  • Defend the Adobes - September 1
  • Outlaws and Architecture: True stories of Dallas outlaws, lawmen, and the buildings and places associated with them - September 8
  • Revisiting Apollo 11 - September 15
  • Kaufman County's Poor Farm - September 22
  • Wrestling with Fire: Destruction and Resurrection of Dallas’ Sportatorium - September 29

Click on the button below for session descriptions and registration information. Lectures can be purchased individually or as a series.
Save the Date!
Next month North Texas Giving Day will be here with another opportunity to support the many outstanding nonprofits in North Texas, and we hope that Preservation Dallas will be one your top choices! On September 17th, if you donate to Preservation Dallas on between 6am and midnight, your dollar with be stretched with bonus funds and possible prizes raised by Communities Foundation of Texas!

Not available on September 17th? No worries! Schedule your donation between September 1st and 16th and make your gift count!
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support of Preservation Dallas! Your generous support makes a meaningful difference as we continue to fight for historic places every day. North Texas Giving Day gives us a chance to introduce our organization to a new audience and raise funds to keep our mission going. This year we are asking you to join us by creating a FUNdraising page on our behalf to share with your networks about why Preservation Dallas is important to you. Will you help us reach that goal? Creating a FUNdraising page is quick, easy, and can make a huge impact on our organization.

For your information on how to sign up and what you can do to make your FUNdraising page successful, email or call us at 214-821-3290.
Has your online research hit a brick wall?
Have you done all the research you can online and now need to access information housed at the library but the physical building is closed? The Dallas History & Archives Division, located on the seventh floor of the main branch of the Dallas Public Library, offers virtual research at this time. Email them with information on what you are researching and they will look up information for you!
Dallas Heritage Village to Unveil a new Historic Marker August 18
Dallas Heritage Village will be unveiling a new historic marker on August 18 at 9:30 am. The marker is part of the 2020 centennial celebration of women’s suffrage in the United States and ratification of the 19th Amendment. It will honor former Dallas judge, Texas legislator, and former Lieutenant Governor Barry Miller for his efforts in supporting the women’s suffrage movement in Dallas and will be placed in front of Millermore, Miller’s family home. The marker has been funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation who partnered with the National Votes for Women Trail to provide grants to erect markers commemorating the people, places or things instrumental to women gaining the right to vote in the United States. The event will be broadcast on DHV’s social media channels with Joanne Callahan, Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, and Melissa Prycer speaking. 
Preservation Texas Honor Award Nominations Due August 31
Preservation Texas is now accepting nominations for their 2021 Honor Awards. The awards recognize projects completed in the past several years that represent excellent examples of preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, or reconstruction. They give the awards to the site and recognize the owners, architects, preservation professionals, landscape architects, etc. who were involved in the project. 
In the past, Preservation Texas has recognized a variety of sites (commercial skyscrapers, tiny chapels, large schools, small house museums, etc.), including many in Dallas. You do not have to be a member of Preservation Texas to nominate a project. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2020. 
DISD Bond - Well, it's official now as the DISD Board of Trustees has pushed forward with approving a $3.7 billion bond package to be placed on the ballot for the general election in November. In that bond package is the replacement of 14 historic schools with new ones in addition to 10 completely new campuses and renovations to other schools throughout the district.

Historic Resources Survey – The scope for the downtown historic survey has been developed by the consultant in discussions with the City. It will include the downtown core within the highway loop. The first part of the project will include research and setting up a custom database to collect the survey information which will eventually be transferred to the City for use in their GIS database system. The actual field survey work is scheduled to start in early 2021. In addition, the consultant will be developing context statements on the development of the city using 22 themes ranging from railroads, banking and finance, industry, urban renewal, ethnic settlement patterns, Civil Rights Movement, and more. There will be public meetings and a chance for public input throughout the process. 

El Fenix in Oak Cliff – Unfortunately, the El Fenix on Colorado Boulevard was demolished last month. The demolition permit for the property was pulled in March and the current owner demolished the building to make way for the future development of the site for apartments by a developer who is working to acquire the property.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
Last year at this time we had just finished Summer Sizzlers and we were touting upcoming programs like HHS and the Fall Architectural Tour. What a change this year! Now we are having to figure out how to do our programs in the age of COVID-19. It has been tough to figure what to do and how to engage members and the public when we can't meet in groups or tour places.

In an effort to continue our programming, we are moving into the virtual realm and had a great turnout for our first virtual lecture on the Art Deco Architecture of Fair Park last month. Building upon that success, we are starting Summer Sizzlers tomorrow in a virtual format. We have a great lineup of topics and presenters this year. So, be sure to join us from the comfort of your home or wherever you are trying to beat the heat!

As I have mentioned before, we have decided to postpone the fall tour to the spring in the hopes that we will be able to do it in person then. That way people will still get to experience the essence of the historic places first hand and be able to take in all of the great details and architectural features that are hard to capture on video. We are however looking at possibly doing some virtual InTown Outings this fall as there are some great preservation projects that are finishing up that we would like to showcase.

We have also made the decision to go virtual with our Preservation Achievement Awards. Originally, we had postponed the event from May in the hopes we would be able to do it in person this fall. With the uncertainty of what the fall will bring, it was decided that virtual was the way to go as there is a lot of planning that goes into the event and that way we won’t have to postpone it again. Now the challenge is to figure out how to make the awards event fun even though we can’t recognize and celebrate the award winning projects and people in person.

Last year at this time I also announced that we received a grant from the National Trust to update our web site. We have been plugging along with that and will have a new web site to debut this fall! It is very exciting as we have been struggling with our current web site which is over eight years old now. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to keep it up to date and has become buggy with its age. So, if you go to the current web site and a page doesn’t work properly, please let us know so we can get it patched up. CivicBrand, the consulting firm working on our new web site is building in some new features for us to make it easier for us to maintain and a better interface and experience for people using the site. We can’t wait until it is up and running! 

I hope everyone is doing well. Stay safe and cool out there as the summer winds down! 
All in-person events have been postponed until restrictions on meeting in groups is lifted.
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Funding has been provided to Preservation Dallas from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
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