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Preservation Dallas
2922 Swiss Avenue
Dallas TX 75204

January 2017 News & Updates
18th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference

Join us for the annual Legacies Conference on January 28 at The Hall of State from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Preservation Dallas is sponsoring the conference along with several other institutions such as the Dallas Center for Architecture, Dallas Heritage Village, and the Dallas Historical Society to name a few.
The theme of the conference this year is "DALLAS Rediscovered" and will feature presentations including:  
  • The Story of the Knights of Pythias Building by Carol Roark
  • The Other Expo: The 1937 Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition by Mark Rice
  • Dallas and the Drive-In by Nancy McCoy
  • Thomas Stell's Ceramic Murals for Texas Instruments by Linda East
There will also be a special "Conversation with a History Maker" featuring Lindalyn Adams and c onducted by Gary N. Smith.  Two of Preservation Dallas' board members will be presenters this year, Carol Roark and Nancy McCoy.
For more information or to register for the conference click hereRegistration is open through January 20.
Save the Date! The 18th annual Preservation Achievement Awards to be held at the Statler May 31!

Drawing by Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.
We are excited to announce that the 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards will take place at the iconic Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas! This property is truly a success story after being listed on three different endangered lists due to the threat of demolition.  After being vacant for the last 15 years, the building is nearing the final stages of rehabilitation by Centurion American. Preservation Dallas will be the first group to use the ballroom space and you will not want to miss this extraordinary evening in an extraordinary landmark! More information will be coming soon about this special event! 
Meet our new intern: 
Katie Fitzpatrick

Katie recently graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor's from the College of Architecture with minors in History and Architectural History. She will be with Preservation Dallas through the summer and will be working on several projects including helping with a historic resource survey in Deep Ellum, assisting with various preservation issues as they arise, and helping with our events including the Spring Architectural Tour and the Preservation Achievement Awards. Katie is in the process of applying to graduate schools where she wants to obtain a Master of Historic Preservation. She is specifically interested in preserving historic sites specific to those who are generally under-represented in existing sites such as Native Americans, and has a particular passion for ensuring sites adhere to universal design so everyone, including those who have disabilities, can take part in the experience. Please join us in welcoming Katie to the Preservation Dallas team!
City of Dallas Preservation Staff Spotlight: Liz Casso

Liz Casso joined the City of Dallas Historic Preservation Division last summer and is the newest member of the division, which is now fully staffed at five people. A big change from a few years ago when there was only one full-time planner for preservation at the City of Dallas.
Liz grew up in Laredo and said she always had a passion for historic preservation and even when she was young knew she wanted to get into the preservation field. She has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M in anthropology and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design's graduate school for Historic Preservation. Liz has been working in the field of preservation planning for over ten years. Her first job was with the City of Fort Worth as a preservation planner and she stayed there for a couple years before going to the City of Plano to serve as their Preservation Officer. She then returned to Fort Worth in late 2011, when the Preservation Officer position opened up there. In 2015, she decided to make the transition to the City of Dallas where she is now a Senior Preservation Planner.
For several years Liz and her husband Bill have been living in historic Old East Dallas, they have a charming 1920s Craftsman style house in Peaks Suburban. With the long commute to Ft. Worth an issue she jumped at the chance to work in Dallas when a position opened up at the City. She also said it was a wonderful opportunity to work with a great team of preservationists, whereas in Ft. Worth she was the only preservation planner which made for a very heavy case load.
In her new role she serves as the staff person to the West End and Harwood Historic Districts, and the City of Dallas Individual Landmark properties. She is also taking on the role as staff to the Designation Committee and helping applicants through the process of becoming a City of Dallas Landmark. Currently there are about eight properties in the queue that are going through the designation steps and she is working to get them through the process. With the nomination process in Dallas and going through zoning changes, she said it takes time to make sure that the historic sites are carefully reviewed and analyzed so they fit the criteria for designation in order to be protected.
Liz believes that it is important for cities to recognize and protect historic places so that they are not torn down for the new, which leads to the loss of character in cities. After all she says "many people like to live in historic districts or historic buildings because there is something special about them, they are a record of the past and tell a story about the former occupants and the community." That story is important to her and she feels that buildings should not be landmarked or protected just because they are old but for the role they played in the development of community. Liz looks forward to her work with the city and helping to protect the important historic places that are part of the fabric of Dallas. 
   Preservation Issues

228 W. 7th Street - The house on 7th in the Bishop Arts area was the first property to go through a full demolition review under the new Demolition Delay Ordinance. In this case the property owner, Alamo Manhattan, wanted to demolish the house to make room for a construction office for their new large mixed-use development underway. There were two meetings held at City Hall regarding the issue with the developers. At the meetings were representatives from Bishop Arts, Preservation Dallas, Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Landmark Commission, and nearby business owners. At the meetings different options were explored with the final one being to move the house off of the site. A party has since stepped forward to take the house and move it to another property in West Dallas saving it from the landfill. 

1923 N. Edgefield Street - The circa 1885 house in West Dallas near the Belmont hotel is a Folk Victorian style house which sits on a large piece of land. A developer is interested in subdividing the land to build single-family homes on the lot, which would necessitate removal of the house. Preservation Dallas has been in contact with the developer and has met with them along with the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League and the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to discuss options for the house and the site. There will be  a hearing at the Landmark Commission meeting on February 6 on whether or not to initiate the Landmark designation process for the house. 

Eagle Ford School -  The former school located on Chalk Hill Road  has been vacant for several years and was placed on the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League's Architecture at Risk list in 2014. You can read more about that here . Bonnie Parker was one of the students to attend the school. Like the house on Edgefield, there  will be a hearing at the Landmark Commission meeting on February 6 to determine whether or not to initiate the designation process for the building.

Woodrow Wilson and J.L. Long School - At the Landmark Commission meeting this month both  schools were up for Courtesy Reviews for proposed  additions. The Courtesy  Review is a chance  for the applicants to get feedback from the commission  on design before  going through the formal approval process . The two schools  are each City of Dallas Landmarks  thus changes  to the exterior of the properties  require review  by the Landmark Commission. The Commission reviewed both proposals and were favorable to each with some recommendations  made for tweaking  the designs  before  they  go through the formal review process. 
    Director's Letter
    David Preziosi
Happy New Year to everyone and I hope it is starting off well! 2017 will be an exciting year for Preservation Dallas as we are celebrating 45 years of preserving the historic places of Dallas! That is quite an accomplishment for any organization, let alone a nonprofit who depends on members and sponsors to support the work through good times and bad. From our start as a volunteer lead organization we have grown into a professionally staffed organization whose clout has expanded greatly over the years. We could not have gotten to where we are now without the dedication of past board members, volunteers, and of course our members! To celebrate our anniversary we will have a series of articles in our newsletters starting in February about the history and accomplishments of Preservation Dallas.

So what other exciting plans do we have for the year? After the success of our National Preservation Month activities last year we are bringing them back again this year! Our Preservation Month Team has been working since last fall to put together the events for the month. Kicking off the month will be our Spring Architectural Tour on May 6 featuring downtown Dallas. The culmination of the month will be the Preservation Achievement Awards on May 31st at the Statler. We will also have some very exciting news to announce about the Awards event soon, even more so than getting into the Statler! There will also be several other events during the month in conjunction with partner organizations. We are also very excited to have a new intern with us who will be a huge help this spring and through the summer. In addition, we are working to finish up several projects include the McCree Cemetery documentation project which is now in its final stages. A new grant project in the works is the  digitization of all of Preservation Dallas' newsletters to be placed on  the University of North Texas' Portal to Texas History. If you have not checked out the Portal it is a great resource and can be accessed here . They also have every copy of the Legacies History Journal available as well on the Portal. Of course we will continue our monthly Intown Outings and other special events throughout the year. Advocacy work will continue as well and we are already working on several new issues this year, like the house on Edgefield. We will continue to send out Advocacy Alerts when we need help from our members to advocate for specific preservation issues. Your help with those issues makes a huge difference when we go to City Hall and can often turn things in our direction.  

I hope that 2017 will be a banner year for Preservation Dallas and that we will continue to have success in saving the places that are important to the history and fabric of Dallas!
InTown Outing - Lorenzo Hotel
Tuesday | January 31 | 6 pm | 1011 South Akard Street

Hamilton Properties' Lorenzo Hotel is almost finished and our members are invited to preview the project. Originally built as the Ramada Inn-Convention Center, the hotel gained notoriety as Tina Turner's refuge from Ike in the 1970s. The tour is  free for members and $20 for guests. Register here.
Urban Armadillos Happy Hour
Wednesday | February 8 | 5:30-7 pm | One Main Place | 1201 Main Street

Save the date for the first Urban Armadillos Happy Hour of 2017 at the iconic One Main Place in downtown Dallas. More information to come soon!
Preservation Dallas Young Professionals Happy Hour
Wednesday | February 22 | 5:30-7:30 pm | Butler Brothers Building | 500 South Ervay Street

Save the date for the Preservation Dallas Young Professional Happy Hour at the newly rehabilitated Butler Brothers Building in downtown Dallas. More information to come soon!
Historic House Specialist seminar
Thursday and Friday | March 2-3 | begins at 8:30 am | Wilson Carriage House

Become an authority of historic Dallas neighborhoods! This popular two-day seminar includes lectures from local experts on architectural history and styles of Dallas, the preservation ordinance, property tax incentives, how to research the history of a building, and more! It also includes a bus tour of historic neighborhoods in Dallas. Participants receive a signed copy of Virginia McAlester's Field Guide to American Houses and a complimentary one year membership to Preservation Dallas. Don't delay! Enrollment is limited to 25 people. The past sessions have sold out with a wait list.
The workshop is $230 and includes lunch on both days. Realtors will receive 8 hours MCE credit. Register online with MetroTex Association of REALTORS or at 214-540-2751.

Please Welcome Our New Members!

Elizabeth & Steve Deckard
Kristen Martin Britt & Megan McIntire

Urban Armadillos

Brett Carter

Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Mark & Deb Bennett
Robert L. Johnston Donna & Paul Plunket
Carolyn Brown
David Kern
Melissa Prycer
Joshua & Brianna Clayton Judge James W. Kerr
Paul Ridley
Gary & Bonnie Coffman Patty King
Susan & Wayne Ruhter
Peggy Dear Teri LaJone
Lesley Setliff
Peter & Charron Denker Dr. Yolanda Lawson
Suzanne & Gary Smith
Susan Ernst Nancy McCoy
Cheryl Tyner
Mary & Bill Freeman Kelly Mitchell & Sean Garman
Dale & Molly Van Ort
John Giesler Ronda Needham
Dr. & Mrs. Howard Weiner
Michael Holleran Linda Phelps
John Wimberley

Corporate Partners

DSGN Associates
Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture
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