Hope everyone has thawed out and is staying well!
Save the Date!
Hall of State Restoration Virtual Program
March 30
Last year an incredible $14 million restoration of the Hall of State took place. Financed by the 2017 Bond for Fair Park, it was part of the $50 million approved by voters to repair buildings and infrastructure in Fair Park.

Preservation Dallas is partnering with AdEx, Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Architecture Forum, and Preservation Houston to hold a virtual program on March 30 at 6:00 that will highlight the incredible restoration work, which was a painstaking and detailed process. A video of the work will be shown highlighting the lengths taken to restore the building components including: stone cleaning; removal and disassembly of the doors for cleaning, repair, and refinishing or repainting; restoration of the plaster ceiling in the Hall of Heroes; refinishing of the Tejas Warrior; restoration of the exterior light fixtures; uncovering of the original fountains attached to the building and restoring them to working condition; and more. A panel of professionals who worked on the project will explain the work illustrated in the video and answer questions. An update on the damage suffered during the winter storm last week will also be given. 

Hall of State photo courtesy of Gensler.

More information on registering for the virtual program will be coming soon!
Damage to Historic Buildings in Dallas
from Winter Storm Uri
Last week's devastating storm took a toll on all of us with a lack of power or heat, frozen and broken pipes, and more. Well, the storm also took its toll on some of our beloved historic sites in Dallas.

Hall of State - Many of you have read about the damage to the Hall of State in The Dallas Morning News, which was just devastating to see after the restoration was completed last year. The East Texas room and Hall of Heroes suffered extensive ceiling damage from a water pipe that burst above the ceilings due to the extreme cold. The water not only damaged the ceiling as it made its way down to the basement damaging the Dallas Historical Society Collections as well. Thankfully Phoenix I, the contractor who did the restoration work last year, and DHS staff were on site within hours of the water line break working to minimize the damage to the building and the collections. An amazing feat during a debilitating storm! Thanks to their quick action they were able to get things under control and start the process of stabilization and assessment. You can read more about the damage to the Hall of State in The Dallas Morning News articles below:

Dallas Heritage Village - The Dallas Heritage Village also suffered burst pipe damage to several of its historic buildings, but not to the extent of the Hall of State. Two of the administrative offices, in separate historic houses, had pipes break; however, there was minimal damage to the office spaces. A bathroom at the rear of Millermore had a pipe break which caused damage to the bathroom which will now have to be redone. Temporary repairs have been made to get things functional again and like many others, DHV is in line for a plumber to get out there to make permanent fixes and to assess other water lines. The other exhibit buildings, the collections, and the animals all made it through safely. You can go to the Dallas Heritage Village web site here to find out more and see images of the site during the storm.

Kalita Humphreys Theater - No damage was reported to the building thankfully.
The Advanced Historic House Specialist seminar
was held this past week
Our ever popular Advanced Historic House Specialist seminar was held virtually on February 25th. Sixteen realtors and the general public learned about historic landscapes, materials and methods used in historic residential architecture, the economics of preservation, the certification of appropriate process, and advanced researching methods.

If you missed out on this week's class, there are several more opportunities to attend! Our next Historic House Specialist seminars are scheduled for May 19-20 and September 29-30 and the Advanced seminars are scheduled for June 2 and November 10. Stayed tuned to future newsletters and emails for registration information.
A special thank you to the following contributors
to date to the Virginia Savage McAlester Tribute Fund
Clementine Adams & Virginia Adams
Ellen Amirkhan/Oriental Rug Cleaning Company
Ann Bagley
Caroline Giles Banks
Debra Barrios
Suzanne Bartolucci
Zaida Basora
Beth & Rick Bentley
Bernbaum/Magadini Architects
Sandy Brothers & Mike Holub
John Brown
Roger L. Carroll
Karen Casey
Cal & Clare Buie Chaney
Jane Chapman
Scott Chase
Steve Clicque
Gary C. Coffman
Philip & Melissa Crew
Kyle Crews
Angela Downes
Harryette Ehrhardt
Chaitan & Courtney Fahnestock
Ross & Lois Finkelman
Friends of the Aldredge House
Wilson & Betty Fuqua
Monty Garretson
Ann Gaspari
Peggy Lubben Gould
Erin Granberry
Mike & Debbie Gray
Suzi & Jack Greenman
Mary & Clifford Grum
Elizabeth Gunby
Lynn Hamilton
Jason & Alisha Harper
RuLan Hebeler
Martha Heimberg
Katy Ehrhardt Henderson
Philip C. Henderson
Barry Henry
LaRue Howell Henry
Katherine Homan
Kaki Hopkins
Daniel Huerta & Steven Park
Carl Hunermund & Kara Murphy
Debora Hunter
Alfredo & Margaret Jimenez
Teresa Musgrove Judd
Paula Lambert
Gary Lawler
Ann Addyman Lawrence
Veletta Forsythe Lill
Julie Lowenberg
Susie Lowry
Elizabeth Mast
Arch C. McColl, III
Linda McFarland
Judy McMillen
Norma Minnis & Gary Gray
Josephine Mitchell
Linda Mitchell
Carol D. Morse
John & Anne Mullen
Mary & Weldon Nash
Laura Noe
Mike Northrup
Marcel Quimby
Alicia Quintans
Dan Patterson
Ann Piper
Melissa Prycer
Terri Raith
Skikha & Ganesh Raj
Ralph M. Randall
Linda Rayes
Carol Roark
Debby & Kevin Rogers
Lorie & Keith Routh
Janice Salmon Interiors LLC
Mrs. William Seale
Belinda Senevey & Adele Malpert
Cynthia Scofield
Scovell Family Foundation
Diane & John Scovell
Nancy Shelton
SHM Architects
Danelle Smith
Gary Smith
Suzanne Naomi Smith
Linda Solomon
Susanne Starling
Mary K. Suhm
Summerlee Foundation
Amy Talkington & Robbie Adams
CM "Carty" Talkington
Olive Talley
Halden Tally
Julie Travis
Molly Van Ort
Eloise Vellucci
Fen & Sharman Vesecky
Lynn Vogt
Liz Wally
Joan & Alan Walne
Mike Warren
Chad West for Dallas
Marsue & Bill Williams
Shirley Whitfield
Willis & Jan Winters
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 the seventh floor of the main branch of the Dallas Public Library, offers virtual research at this time. Email them with the information on what you are researching and they will look up information for you!
Landmark Commission – The Landmark Commission meeting for March has been cancelled due to the impacts of the storm last week. The next meeting will be April 5.

City of Dallas Code Amendments – The ad-hoc committee to work with the Office of Historic Preservation on developing amendments to the City Code regarding historic preservation and the CA review process started last month and had its third meeting this week. This week the discussion focused on potential amendments to the code which would allow expanded staff approval of routine work. The next meeting will be March 11 from 1:00 to 2:30. The Office of Historic Preservation will be sending out the agenda with login information. If you would like to get information on the meeting please email Elaine Hill at the City.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
Well, we intended to get this newsletter out last week and we all know how last week went! I hope that everyone survived the storm and without any or much damage. It was certainly an unprecedented weather event the likes of which we haven’t seen before in Texas!

My house in Oak Cliff suffered power outages off and on from Sunday through Wednesday afternoon. After a night mostly without power, I woke up Tuesday morning to a house that was 37 degrees which was thankfully the coldest it got in the house. I was lucky that the pipes in my 1941 house held with only two freezing up, which were able to be thawed out. I know of many people that weren’t so lucky including several board members of Preservation Dallas who had plumbing related storm damage. Plumbers and plumbing supplies are definitely in exponential demand right now! Thankfully the Wilson House and the other houses in the Wilson Block came through without any damage. The power and heat stayed on all week and Meadows staff checked on the buildings to make sure things were okay.

Historic houses in Texas, unlike those in the north, are not meant for such extreme cold for a lengthy period of time. The majority of our historic houses are on a pier and beam foundation with lots of uninsulated area around pipes in the crawl space under the house. The only thing to help combat the extreme cold like we had, or just regular cold, is to cover foundation vents to try keep out as much of the cold air as possible. But do remember to uncover those vents in the spring as the air movement under the house will help to keep moisture from building up when it gets hot and humid.

My house has cast stone air vents in the foundation and each winter I put a piece of thin sheet metal over the vent screen to plug the opening to help keep the cold air from entering under the house. It is simple and cheap as I just got a roll of thin metal flashing at the hardware store and cut it into squares just a little larger than the vent opening. Once cut, I just push the squares into the opening and the slightly larger size holds them tight by compression bending the metal flashing in the opening. In the spring I pop them out with a screwdriver and store them for the next winter. In a pinch if you need to cover up vents when cold weather is approaching, a piece of wood will work to lean against the vent just to stop the cold breeze from blowing under the house.

Another way to help your pipes in an uninsulated space is to wrap them with foam insulation which you can get at the hardware store. That will take more time and expense to complete than covering vents and require one to crawl around in a tight space under the house, but it will help your pipes to be insulated from the cold and will help keep the hot water hotter when traveling from the water heater to the faucet throughout the year.

Being in a warm climate, historic houses here were not well insulated when they were built as they were designed to breathe and expel heat rather than trap it in, especially before air conditioning. That is why when you open up exterior walls you typically won’t find insulation in a historic house. If you are doing renovation work and have removed your sheet rock on an exterior wall you can add insulation, just be sure to add insulation that is breathable so that moisture can pass through it. There is also a method of blowing insulation into walls through small holes in the sheetrock; however, that tends to settle over time in the wall cavity providing insulation for only the lower portion of the wall. An easy and great place to add insulation is the attic, whether that is blown in or batt insulation rolled between the ceiling joists. That will also help during the hot summer to provide a barrier from your air conditioned space to the hot space of your attic.

The winter storm last week was certainly an unusual and devastating one. The destruction to some buildings was extreme such as what happened at the Hall of State. It was so sad to hear about the damage to the building and it could have been much worse if not for the speed at which DHS staff and Phoenix I were able to get into the building in order to get the water out and stabilize systems. They did an incredible job and I thank them so much for their dedication in getting to the building so quickly in the midst of an incredible winter storm. If it was not for their quick action, more of the incredibly important historic building would have been damaged. The damage can be repaired and nothing was lost, so that is good news. Thankfully we have thawed out from the winter storm and let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of Uri!
All in-person events have been postponed until restrictions on meeting in groups is lifted.
Hall of State Restoration Virtual Program
March 30, 6:00 p.m.
Save the date for the virtual program on the restoration of the Hall of State! A video of the work will be shown highlighting the painstaking efforts taken to restore various historic features of the building. Those who worked on the project will provide commentary and answer questions during the program. 

More information will be coming soon on how to register.
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