January 2022 News and Updates
Preservation Dallas to Celebrate 50 Years!!
Preservation Dallas turns 50 this year, which is quite an accomplishment for an organization that started out as a small volunteer run nonprofit. We have certainly grown since then and have accomplished many great successes when it comes to preservation. We have also unfortunately lost some battles over the years, which is par for the course in a city so focused on development. Preservation has come a long way in Dallas since 1972, especially considering at the time there were no historic districts and now there are twenty-one historic districts, seventeen conservation districts, and over 130 individual landmarks in the city. That was accomplished by the hard work and dedication of board members, staff, and most importantly you, our Preservation Dallas members who supported those efforts and Preservation Dallas!

To celebrate our 50 years of preservation work in Dallas, we are introducing a special logo for the year as you can see above. The striking logo boldly shows that we have been working to preserve the historic places of Dallas for the past 50 years and the slanted 5 shows the forward movement of the organization into our next 50 years.

Throughout the year we will have numerous events and promotions to celebrate 50 years of advocating for and celebrating Dallas' historic places. The keystone event of the year will be the 2022 Preservation Achievement Awards and 50th Anniversary Celebration at The National on May 19. It will be an incredible celebration of the power of preservation in Dallas in the past 50 years that you won't want to miss!

Before we start off our 50th year, we need to go back to the beginning and how we began as an organization. In September of 1972, a small group of citizens from East Dallas were concerned about the need to formally protect and preserve our city’s historic buildings. They successfully fought to save Swiss Avenue from upzoning for mid-rise multifamily development. From that effort they decided to form the Historic Preservation League (later to be renamed Preservation Dallas) as a volunteer-run nonprofit organization with a broad mission to preserve and revitalize Dallas’ buildings, neighborhoods and other historical, architectural and cultural resources. The video below beautifully tells the story about the founding of the Historic Preservation League. It was prepared by Steve Clicque for the 2015 Preservation Achievement Awards when the Founders were recognized with the Dorothy Savage Award for their incredible efforts.

Starting in the February newsletter, we will go through highlights of our work each decade. So, stay tuned for more about Preservation Dallas' efforts to save the historic places of Dallas and our accomplishments in the past 50 years!
Preservation Achievement Awards
Nominations Due THIS Friday, January 28
The nomination deadline for outstanding preservation projects is quickly approaching! If you know of a project that deserves merit, or maybe one that you have done, make sure to nominate it for the 2022 Preservation Achievement Awards to be held on May 19! 

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.
Preservation Dallas YouTube Page Now Has More Content
If you haven't visited our YouTube page recently, or didn't know we had one, now is the time to check it out! We have uploaded additional videos to the page including the 2020 and 2021 Preservation Achievement Award virtual ceremonies, videos of past Preservation Achievement Award Honorees, and Summer Sizzlers sessions from the past two years. Click the YouTube button to access our page.
January InTown Outing
to the Forest Theater is

Due to the popularity and limit on the number of people we could take through the building we had to end registration for the tour this Saturday. The Forest Theater has been shuttered for many years and is undergoing rehabilitation by Forest Forward for a new community arts venue. McCoy Collaborative is working on the preservation plans for the historic portion of the project. The theater entrance, common areas and massive lobby are replete with original details which will be preserved in the renovations. 

InTown Outings are free for members of Preservation Dallas. 
Hungry for some fun Dallas history? Then join in for a tasty morning of presentations on historic dining and drinking establishments in Dallas during the 23rd Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference on January 29. This year the conference will once again be virtual and feature papers and a panel discussion. It will also include a paper by Preservation Dallas' own David Preziosi who will present "The Architecture of Eating: Dallas' Delectable Dining Establishments." You won't want to miss out on this delicious event!
Registration Closes Monday
The Texas Historical Commission’s Real Places 2022 conference will take place in person in Austin from February 2 to 4. It is presented by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission in partnership with Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd. Real Places is the premier historic preservation and heritage tourism conference in the Lone Star State, where anyone interested in protecting our past can work directly with industry-leading experts to learn practical, actionable solutions they can apply in their community.
Designing Spaces Films in Dallas

Preservation Dallas Director David Preziosi and local contractor Tam Pham with Steel Toe Stiletto recently appeared in an episode of Lifetime's Designing Spaces. The episode featured the Harris-Savage House in the Swiss Avenue Historic District while discussing the importance of historic preservation, sensitive renovation, and appropriate design for historic homes. You can watch the full episode below!
Online Event: Waxahachie Architecture Guidebook

Discover what the architecture of Waxahachie can teach us about buildings across Texas! Join Preservation Houston and Margaret Culbertson, co-author of the Waxahachie Architecture Guidebook, for an online discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, to explore the buildings of Waxahachie and what they reveal about evolving design sensibilities, an evolving economy, and generations of social change.
Has your online research hit a brick wall?
Now that the public libraries are open again, patrons are able to schedule an appointment to do research in the Dallas History and Archives. Appointments will be required and you can set one up by emailing texas@dallaslibrary.org to start the process. They will send you information on how to make the appointment, preparing for your visit, what to expect with your appointment, and a form to fill out. For more information on the library openings go here.

You may also submit research requests online if you don't want to go into the library just yet. To do that, use the same email above and send in your research request with the information you are looking for and they will get back to you.
Kalita Humphreys Theater - Work has started back up on the update of the Masterplan for the Kalita Humphreys Theater and site. The process started in the beginning of 2020 and had to be put on hold with the pandemic. Now things are gearing back up and the New York architecture firm of Diller Scofidio+Renfro have started the process again. Harboe Architects of Chicago was hired as the preservation architect for the update due to their extensive experience working on Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Representatives from Preservation Dallas meet last week with representatives from the firms above, Dallas Theater Center and Duncan Fulton of GFF to discuss the preservation of the theater and the process moving forward. The plan is to restore the theater as closely as possible to its 1959 period of significance when it opened. The update to the masterplan for the site and theater is to be completed by the end of the year. There will be presentations later in the spring to gather public input for the plan.

Oak Cliff UMC - The former church located at the intersection of Jefferson and Marsalis partially burned this week. The building has been vacant for quite a while and Demolition by Neglect proceedings were started by the Landmark Commission in an attempt to get the property owner to stabilize and protect the building. Murray Miller, the head of the Office of Historic Preservation, has a meeting next week with the owners, which was scheduled before the fire. Read more about the fire and damage here.

Deep Ellum – Preservation Dallas has been working with the Deep Ellum Foundation towards National Register of Historic Places Historic District status for Deep Ellum. Preservation Dallas has engaged HHM, the consulting firm working on the downtown and Deep Ellum survey, to put together a Determination of Eligibility (DOE) for the National Register of Historic Places Historic District status as part of the process. The DOE will be submitted to the Texas Historical Commission by the end of this month for review and if they concur that Deep Ellum is eligible as a Historic District the process can continue forward and would take about a year.
David Preziosi, FAICP, Hon. AIA Dallas
Happy New Year to everyone and I hope it is starting off well, although a little chilly. I know we are all hoping that this year we can return closer to a normal existence after the past two years of dealing with COVID disrupting all of our lives.
We have been working to get back to our normal round of events and have several that we are working on for the first part of the year including InTown Outings, a couple of book lectures, HHS and AHHS classes and more. We are also working on the premiere event of the year - the 2022 Preservation Achievement Awards and 50th Anniversary Celebration. Donovan is heading up that event on the staff side and he is finalizing an amazing committee to help make the event an incredible celebration of our 50 years of work in preservation. We are also partnering with other groups on events including the virtual Dallas Legacies History Conference on January 29 and the Waxahachie Architecture Guidebook lecture next month. You won’t want to miss the Legacies conference this year as there are some great presentations. I am excited to present again this year at the conference. If you are interested in venturing to Austin, the Real Places Conference will be in-person again from February 2 to 4. It is always a good conference with great presentations and speakers.
Advocacy work for the new year is underway with several items we are working on. At the end of last year and the beginning of this year we finished reviewing 800 pages of the Downtown and Deep Ellum Historic Resource Survey and Context Statements. Several members of the Preservation Issues Committee and subject matter experts helped with that and we put together comments, suggestions and corrections to help improve the documents. The consultants will take the comments and finalize the survey and statements to present at public hearings in the spring at the Landmark Commission, City Plan Commission, and City Council. The meeting last week with the the consultants for Kalita Humphreys Theater was a good one and we were pleased by the desire of the Dallas Theater Center to return the theater as close as possible to its 1959 state and Frank Lloyd Wright’s original vision. The hard part will be how to fit two new smaller theater spaces on the site along with adequate parking while still maintaining the park like setting and views to the Kalita. There will be public meetings regarding the plan later in the year. The consultants are to finish the updates to the masterplan by the end of the year.

In addition, work is also underway on a new strategic plan and a development plan for Preservation Dallas to help us grow as an organization. We have a great consultant working with the board on putting both together and to completed in the spring.

It will certainly be another busy year for us with all that we have going on and with the 50th celebration. Stay tuned for a lot more to come!
Please Welcome our New Members!
James Conway
Preservationist II
Mike Judd
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Matt Bartholow
James Baynham
Kristin Cantrell
Americo Cascella
Michael Cheever
Southern Ellis
Emily Glidewell-Finch
Mary Harbour
Michael Holleran
Teresa Judd
Nancy McCoy
McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture
Robert Meckfessel
Lisa Rofsky
Courtney Spellicy
Caroline Thrift
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