Happy holidays from Preservation Dallas!
Nominations Now Being Accepted For
The 2019 Preservation Achievement Awards
D o you know of an outstanding preservation project that deserves merit, or maybe one that you have done? If so then nominate it for the 2019 Preservation Achievement Awards to be presented in May. Nominations are due January 18. Let us know about a project we should pursue for submission here .

Award nominations are being accepted for: Rehabilitation or Adaptive Use of a residential historic building; Rehabilitation or Adaptive Use of a commercial, institutional, or mixed-use building: Rehabilitation of a Historic Landscape, Park or other Historic Resource; and New Construction/Infill in a historic neighborhood which may include an addition directly attached to a building, or an entirely new building (infill) which enhances the historic nature of the original building, streetscape or urban environment.
Give a Gift to Preservation Dallas!
As we close in on the end of the year and the gift giving season we hope that Preservation Dallas will be on your list of gifts to give! Your gift will help us with our work in 2019 to advocate for the historic places of Dallas. All donations received online or postmarked by December 31st will count towards this tax year. 

We also have gift memberships available to Preservation Dallas so you can give the gift of preservation to fiends and family so they can have access to all of the wonderful free programs and tours we have for members throughout the year. For more information on gift memberships please call the office at 214-821-3290 or  email by Friday, December 21.    
New Membership Database
for Preservation Dallas

If you have renewed your membership recently you may have noticed that we are using a new platform for our membership database. For several months we have been working on moving the membership information from an Excel based system to a cloud-based CRM (Customer Relationship Management) called Neon. This will allow us to better organize and access membership information along with automating some of our membership work, such as renewal notices. Staff can also pull up membership information remotely when we are at events if people have questions about their membership. When you renew or a new person joins Preservation Dallas you will also be able to set up an account with Neon where you can access your giving for future reference, update contact information, etc. We are looking forward to the new system and the many things that it can do in helping us with building membership.
Preservation Dallas
Holiday Closing

The Preservation Dallas Office will be closed for the holidays starting December 24th and will reopen on January 3rd. During that time please feel free to email and we will get back to you when we return to the office.
It's the little that adds up! Preservation Dallas participates in several retail shopping programs that give back to nonprofits. You can use the following links for future online and in store purchases to help Preservation Dallas! There are easy to set up and once done it automatically supports Preservation Dallas when you make a purchase.

Amazon Smile - shop through Amazon Smile and select Preservation Dallas as your charity of choice

Kroger - Link your Kroger Plus Card to our number TX617

Tom Thumb - Link your Reward card account to Preservation Dallas
5125 Swiss Avenue courtesy of Steve Clicque
Gadberry Construction Company
Corporate Partner Profile
Dustin Gadberry formed Gadberry Construction Company in 2001 and it has since collectively earned over $30 million. The company is recognized in the industry for its work ethic, perseverance, and proven track record. Gadberry Construction originally targeted the residential remodeling market, and after four years, Mr. Gadberry diversified the company into the Office Space Tenant Finish-Out sector. That switch allowed the company to avoid the cataclysmic effects of the housing bubble. His foresight continued when he moved the company focus towards the specialty retail, restaurant and hospitality markets. A move which helped them to further elude the downward spirals in the office space sector, therefore, avoiding the commercial office bust in 2006. The perseverance paid off. From 2001 to 2018, Dustin Gadberry has taken the company from a one man show to a thriving organization employing over 25 people.

Gadberry Construction revenues increased in 2007 and moved steadily upward through 2008. As Gadberry entered 2011, company revenues increased, grew in 2012, and doubled for 2013. By 2018, Gadberry surpassed every expectation that had been set. The new diversification vision took shape as assignments varied between remodeling and interior finish outs of Senior Care Facilities, High-Rise hotel, HUD Developments, Restaurant Chains and Night Clubs. Gadberry Construction has been awarded multiple awards for its achievements. These awards include a 2016 Preservation Dallas Achievement Award for participation in the Lone Star Gas building project.

Through the years, Gadberry has been continually tested against the most adverse of scenarios and unfavorable conditions. This has instilled a culture of resiliency no matter what conditions are presented. Gadberry not only talks the talk but has a proven track record. This reputation has a far reach, as Gadberry Construction has been sought out to perform nine renovations on four different television shows spanning, two separate networks. All of which were high pressure, fast turn over projects, that Gadberry easily handled in stride, resulting in many tear-jerking reactions from business and home owners, such as 5125 Swiss Avenue.

Dustin Gadberry “As someone who started their own company, 17 years ago when they were 21 years old, I can say that self-awareness, the willingness to listen, and the ability to change based on previous failures/feedback is one of the most important, humbling journeys one can experience while transitioning from a new leader into a great leader. I feel as though this journey has led me to be a very open, honest, and transparent leader whom encourages all employees to speak up and have a voice. I am not above reproach and make mistakes just like everyone else.”
Lone Star Gas building Carlisle Room
Nancy McCoy is pleased to announce the formation of McCoy Collaborative with partner Greg Johnston. The firm continues the active work of Quimby McCoy, the award-winning multi-disciplinary practice in preservation architecture that includes architects and designers, architectural conservators, material scientists, historians and sustainability professionals co-founded by Nancy McCoy in 2007. The same location. The same like-minded people. The same steadfast commitment to historic preservation. Visit their new web site here.
DISD - In early December a public meeting was held at Geneva Heights (formerly Robert E. Lee) Elementary School to discuss how the proposed Strategic Facilities Plan will impact Geneva Heights and Mockingbird (formerly Stonewall Jackson) Elementary School. At the meeting, the Chief of Schools gave an overview of the plan and how the schools came to be on the list for replacement, demolition, or to be sold. She stated that the plan was very numbers driven and schools that made the list were selected based on age, enrollment, and the Facilities Condition Index (FCI). It was also stated that many of the historic schools on the list were inadequate due to the public spaces (gym, auditorium, cafeteria, kitchen, and library) not being large enough for current needs, which is true as they weren't designed to handle the extra kids who have been added to those schools though additions and portables. Many parents were apprehensive about their children having to move schools for this to happen. There is also community support for keeping the exterior of Geneva Heights intact and DISD Trustee Dustin Marshall said at the meeting that DISD would not tear down Geneva Heights but would leave the facade and gut the interior to make it work for the new requirements. There will be several more meetings around the school district in 2019.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
Thank you to everyone for your support of Preservation Dallas and preservation in Dallas this past year! We had some good successes thanks to your help and greatly appreciate everyone that responded to our Advocacy Alerts by writing emails, contacting City Council members, showing up at meetings, and more. There were also some unfortunate struggles when it came to preservation this past year.

First for the good stuff! After a couple of years of waiting, the Rosenfield House was finally moved in March to its new home just a few blocks from its original location in the Cedars. That was quite a sight to see as the house was moved in four pieces to its new home with cranes removing the top sections of the house to place them on trailers for the move. The house pieces were placed on a new foundation and “stitched” back together and it is currently undergoing rehabilitation. In the spring, the Demolition Delay Overlay was expanded by the City Council into East Dallas, Oak Lawn and more of Oak Cliff. While this won’t stop demolition it gives preservation and neighborhood advocates a seat at the table to try and find a solution other than demolition. After multiple City Council meetings, the Knights of Pythias project in Deep Ellum was finally granted a historic tax exemption in June for the historic rehabilitation and new construction. The new construction will include a hotel addition to the historic building, one of the most important African American buildings in Dallas, which makes the investment in the historic rehabilitation possible. The McCree Cemetery, a project of Preservation Dallas for the past few years, was designated a City of Dallas Landmark in April by the City Council protecting it in perpetuity. Preservation Dallas was involved in all of these projects supporting and advocating for them during each process. 

Now for some of the struggles. The initiation of the expansion of the local Lake Cliff Historic District to take in additional National Register properties was granted by the Landmark Commission in 2017 but was quickly appealed to the City Council by the property owners in the expansion area. In March, the City Council heard the case and granted the appeal. They also instructed the Landmark Commission to put together a committee to look at the Landmark designation and appeals process for historic districts. That committee worked for three months on studying the issues and presented a recommendation to two City Council committees. They approved of the changes, which will now be put into ordinance form and sent back to Landmark Commission, City Plan Commission and the City Council for final approval. The Tenth Street Historic District unfortunately suffered from more Court Ordered demolitions being approved this past year. Most of the approvals were for properties that had already been approved for demolition whose demolition permits had expired and needed to be renewed. The Landmark Commission unfortunately cannot supersede the Court Order and must grant the permits for demolition. Over the summer the 1925 Bradfield Elementary School designed by Lang & Witchell in Highland Park was demolished to make way for a new larger replacement school on the same site following the demise of its twin, University Park Elementary School in 2017. 

There is no doubt that 2019 will bring more preservation challenges to tackle and your help will surely be needed again. The issue with the DISD Strategic Facilities Plan calling for demolition of at least nineteen schools, the majority historic, will be a big part of our advocacy efforts next year. We also have a list of numerous issues we are tracking through the Preservation Issues Committee and will continue to monitor those into the New Year. The state legislature will also be in session next year and surely there will be bills proposed regarding preservation. Hopefully not attacks on it like we had in 2017, which thanks to a concerted statewide advocacy effort by Preservation Texas didn’t go very far. There is a possibly that new legislation will be introduced to open up the state tax credit to municipalities, which would be a huge boost for preserving historic properties owned by cities. We will certainly keep everyone informed on how they can plug in to help with preservation efforts.

I hope that everyone enjoys the holidays with family and friends! And another BIG thank you to all of you who have supported Preservation Dallas this past year through gifts and help with advocacy efforts. It is very much appreciated and greatly helps us with our work to save the historic places important to Dallas!
Real Places Conference
January 16-18

As you know, Texas has an almost-embarrassing trove of historic and cultural treasures. If you are passionate about seeking out, saving, and leveraging the real places and real stories of your community attend Real Places 2019 in Austin, The Texas Historical Commission conference focuses on preserving, revitalizing, and experiencing the Texas mystique. For more information go here
Legacies Conference
Saturday, January 26

Save the date for the 20th Annual Legacies History Conference based on the theme "Turning Points in Dallas History", focusing on key events that shaped the city and region. Sponsored by Preservation Dallas and a host of like-minded organizations, stay tuned for more information and how to purchase tickets.
Please Welcome our New Members!
Sam & Emily Stribling

Marianne D. Wells

Young Professionals (PDYP)
Cribb Altman
Deborah P Franklin
Licia Miller Kamler
Wendy Millsap
Kelly L Sheets

Urban Armadillos
Jolene Monaco
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Marguerite Buccino
Scott Jordan
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