Legacies Conference is January 27!
19th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference:
Dallas on the Move
Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Legacies Conference this year will focus on the impact of transportation and planning on the development of Dallas. It will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas on the 7 th floor. Discount ticket sales end January 19. Sessions will include:
 
  • Deadly Dallas Streets: Unfortunate Incidents, Deplorable Mayhem, and Grisly Fatalities at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Rusty Williams
  • North Texas Electric Interurban Railways: 1902-1948 by Jeff Dunn  
  • The Impact of Transportation on Historic Ethnic Neighborhoods: The Stories of Old North Dallas and La Bajada by Patricia Hicks and Juanita H. Nanez
  • Taking Dallas Vertical by Jay Firsching
  • Braniff Airways Takes Dallas to New Heights by David Preziosi 
  • DART Subway Planning, 1983-1989 by Laura Ostteen
  • Conversation with a History Maker: George Schrader Conducted by Michael V. Hazel
 
To find out more or to register for the conference go here .
City of Dallas' Newest Historic Preservation Staff Member
Melissa Parent joined the Historic Preservation Division at the City of Dallas just before Thanksgiving last year replacing Eric Hill who moved to Boston last summer to work for the city there. Melissa grew up in Eagle Lake, Maine and her family would travel regularly to visit historic sites, which she believes started her affinity for historic places. After high school she spent five years in the Air Force with one of her more fun stations being Hawaii. After leaving the service she worked for an architectural photographer before going to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Last May she graduated with a degree in historic preservation from the university.

While in her last year of school she got interested in the planning side of historic preservation and worked on surveying the Arts District in Fredericksburg as part of her school work. She also built a web site for the city and did walking tours as part of the project. She looked at the project as a way to get people motivated and interested in their city. After graduating she interned for the National Park Service at the Washington D.C. office managing preservation fund grants.

So why Dallas? Melissa wanted to “try something new” and different after being surrounded by the mostly Federal Style of architecture in D.C. and Virginia. She was also familiar with Texas after being stationed in San Angelo for a while helping her decide to apply for the open planning position here. During her interview she got to see some of the historic districts she would be responsible for and became excited about the variety of historic architectural styles in Dallas. She was especially surprised by the magnificent boulevard and homes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District. The wide streets and grand setbacks were nothing like the small roads and setbacks in Virginia.

As she has spent more time in Dallas she has also come to appreciate the eclectic mix of historic building shapes and materials. Especially in the downtown which she says is so different from D.C. where everything is very similar in style and size. So what’s her favorite style of architecture? Melissa says she likes a variety of historic architectural styles, but probably leans more towards the Victorian era architecture, which we have a little bit left of in Dallas!

In her role at the city, Melissa oversees six of the twenty-one historic districts including Edison LaVista, Munger Place, Peak’s Suburban, State Thomas, Swiss Avenue, and the Wilson Block. Her job is to work with homeowners in those districts on Certificate of Appropriateness applications. She will also be assisting Jennifer Anderson in the division on social media outreach and other special projects.

Melissa says she has enjoyed her time her in Dallas so far and survived her first Landmark Commission meeting in January having to present the cases she reviewed. And these cold weather snaps lately aren’t phasing her a bit after growing up in Maine. Welcome Melissa and thanks for joining the city preservation team of Mark Doty, Jennifer Anderson, Liz Casso, and Marsha Prior who work diligently to preserve the historic places in the historic districts of Dallas! 
Aldredge House Goes to City Council January 24
The Dallas City Council will hold a public hearing at their January 24 Council meeting to hear the zoning request for the Aldredge House in the Swiss Avenue Historic District to become a museum home and education center for preservation. The case went to City Plan Commission in December where they voted to recommend the creation of a Planned Development District (PD) and a Specific Use Permit (SUP) to allow the house to operate as a Historic House Museum and Meeting Space. Wedding rentals and other commercial uses at Aldredge would not be allowed. With the PD they would be able to hold meetings and programs at the house between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Under the terms of the SUP between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm they would only be allowed to hold 36 meetings per year or 3 non-consecutive meetings a month. The SUP would also need to be reviewed by the CPC in 5 years.

The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance, owners of the Aldredge House, believe the SUP as recommended will unduly limit the use of the house after 5 p.m. for meetings and educational events. They would like the SUP to not be included in their approval by the City Council or that the number of meetings be increased to allow for more flexible use of the home for educational events and meetings. The Alliance is asking for support at the City Council for them not to approve the SUP for evening hour events. Please click here for a sample letter you can send to City Council members to support the Foundation. You may also attend the City Council meeting and speak during the public hearing. The agenda item number is 52 and will be heard in the afternoon. Click here to view the agenda for the meeting. 
Preservation Issues
DISD Headquarters - The DISD Headquarters was partially demolished by Leon Capital in order to make way for a new 365 unit five-story apartment development. They will be preserving a portion of the headquarters building facing Ross Avenue to reuse it for their leasing office and community space. They will also need a zoning adjustment in order to build to the proposed 5-stories at the back of the site. That request will go to City Plan Commission in February. You can click here to for an article in The Dallas Morning News which discusses the project and show the plans for the site.

Federal Historic Tax Credit – The credit was included in the tax reform bill signed by President Trump in December at its full 20%; however, the credit must be taken over a five-year period now, reducing its appeal for developers a bit. Overall its a win for the Tax Credit considering it was dropped out of the House bill completely and was reduced to 10% in an early version in the Senate bill. The national advocacy campaign for the Tax Credit by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the number of people who contacted their representatives played a great role in keeping the credit at 20%.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
Wow, 2018 is here and I hope it starting off well for everyone! We are underway with planning for our 2018 events including the Spring Architectural Tour, Preservation Achievement Awards, Preservation Month and the Summer Soiree after its success last year. We are very excited that we have received almost 30 nominations for the awards this year with some excellent projects for the awards jury to choose from. We will also continue our monthly InTown Outings and other special events throughout the year, like our Architecture that Speaks book event next week about the 1930s buildings on the A&M campus.

Advocacy work will continue with holdovers from issues last year and new ones coming up. Advocacy Alerts will continue to go out when needed to ask for your help to advocate for specific issues. I now there were a lot of them last fall with the historic tax credit, bond election, and Aldredge House. Your help really makes a difference in the outcome of those issues whether you send an email to elected officials or attend a public hearing to support a case. That was certainly the case with the federal Historic Tax Credit and the outpouring of support for keeping it intact during tax reform. Our legislators got the message it was important and it was kept, unlike many other credits which were axed. I’m so thankful that it survived as it would have put preservation efforts in a tail spin if it had gone away.  
 
The Dallas Legacies Conference is right around the corner and will be a great one this year with fantastic speakers, including me! I spent my holiday break and the past few weekends working on my paper chronicling the colorful story of Braniff Airways and the impact it has had on Dallas. You won’t want to miss it and there may be a special guest or two to help me with the presentation!

I hope that 2018 will be a good one for everyone and that we can continue to make progress in saving the historic places that are important to the history and fabric of Dallas !
Events
Architecture That Speaks
Tuesday, January 23, 6 p.m.
Hall of State

For all you Aggies out there join us for a book event to hear about the amazing A&M campus architecture from 1930s designed by S. C. P. Vosper. The book was written by Nancy McCoy, local preservation architect and former board president of Preservation Dallas, and David Woodcock, professor emeritus of architecture at A&M. Photos for the book were done by renowned Dallas photographer Carolyn Brown. More details to come on registering for the event which is being done in partnership with the Dallas Center for Architecture and the Dallas Historical Society.

Go here to register for the event.
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