Preservation Texas Selects Historic Dallas Schools for Endangered List
Dallas Schools Selected for
Preservation Texas Endangered List
Preservation Texas has released their 2019 list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Texas and included was Historic Dallas Public Schools. Other places chosen for the list this year include: San Agustin Cathedral in Laredo (Webb County); Lake, Tomb & Company (L7) Ranch Headquarters near Meadow (Terry County); Midcentury Modern Sacred Places (Statewide); Houston’s Emancipation Freedom Colonies, Houston (Harris County), and La Lomita Chapel near Mission (Hidalgo County). “These endangered historic places in Texas represent a cross-section of culturally and architecturally significant buildings and neighborhoods,” said Evan Thompson, executive director of Preservation Texas. “The announcement of this year’s list is a call to Texans to support these places and similar at-risk historic sites in their own communities, because every preservation effort requires grassroots advocates to take action.”

Since 2014, 156 sites have been named to the list and only 12 have been lost. “Historic sites named to the  Texas’ Most Endangered Places  list represent opportunities to make positive contributions to the economic and cultural life of the communities in which they were built,” said Thompson. Preservation Texas supports sites on its Most Endangered Places List providing advocacy support, publicity, connections to professional resources and assistance in fostering and building community partnerships.

Preservation Texas, Inc. is the advocate for preserving the historic resources of Texas. Founded in 1985, the nonprofit organization is privately funded and works to educate the public about historic resources and their significance statewide. It also owns a 2,400-acre farm and ranch in Central Texas that will become a hands-on training center and retreat for historic preservation and conservation.
2019 Preservation Achievement Awards
Join us on May 15th as we celebrate the 20th annual Preservation Achievement Awards! This year the event is being presented by Andres Construction and will be held in the stunning Carlisle Room in the wonderful 1931 Art Deco Lone Star Gas building. The Awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with the presentation of the awards followed by the reception. This year there will be twelve project awards given out followed by eight special recognition awards and Merriman Anderson Architects will be our 2019 Awards Honoree. Get your tickets now for this amazing event celebrating preservation successes in Dallas!
Rosin Preservation
Corporate Partner Profile
Rosin Preservation offers a broad range of services to a national client base of historic building owners and communities seeking to maintain their unique historic character. The firm understands the parameters that affect the successful and timely outcome of a preservation project. They contribute practical rehabilitation strategies and design direction appropriate to projects complying with preservation guidelines. They also help clients navigate regulatory processes that may be triggered by local, state, and national preservation laws.

Rosin Preservation has secured approval for more than $1.6 billion in tax credits by working closely with owners, architects, contractors, and reviewing agencies to ensure that projects meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation while still addressing the needs of the redevelopment program. They have assessed the eligibility of over 4,800 resources and have prepared over 100 National Register nominations for both historic districts and individual properties, adding over 1,200 resources to the National Register of Historic Places.

A nationally recognized historic tax credit expert, company president Elizabeth Rosin began consulting in 1998 shortly after Missouri adopted a state historic tax credit. She founded Rosin Preservation in 2006. As the go-to expert in the central states, Rosin Preservation has deep knowledge of the rehabilitation and preservation planning processes. The company expanded into Texas in 2017 to help building owners navigate the new state historic tax credit program.

In addition to consulting on historic tax credit rehabilitation projects, Rosin Preservation publishes the Rosin Report, a nexus for historic tax credit professionals to identify properties with redevelopment potential and to stay abreast of the latest policy issues.

Learn more about Rosin Preservation’s work here .
Before and after of 101 N. Kansas in Topeka Kansas.
Before and after of the Pickwick Plaza lobby in Kansas City, a historic tax credit project.
The organizers of the 21 st Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference welcome proposals from both professional and lay historians on the theme, “Disasters: Natural and Man-made.” Topics might include natural disasters such as the severe drought of 1951-1957 or the 1980 heat wave; fires, such as a spectacular one that destroyed the Golden Pheasant Restaurant in 1954; explosions like one that rocked the Baker Hotel in 1946; pandemics such as the 1918 influenza outbreak, or a meningitis and encephalitis outbreak in 1966; the Elm Street cave-in of 1967; or the mass shooting at Ianni’s Restaurant and Club in 1984. Proposals should be accompanied with sample images if possible.

All papers must be based on original research and must not have been presented or published elsewhere. The best papers will be published in a subsequent issue of Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas . Those interested in presenting papers should submit a brief summary of their proposal by JULY 31, 2019, to “Dallas History Conference, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215,” or by email . Those selected will be notified by August 31, 2019. The 21st Annual Legacies History Conference will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
Confederate Monument in Pioneer Cemetery - This month the Dallas Landmark Commission voted 10 to 5 to approve the removal of the monument from the Pioneer Cemetery. Before approval of the removal they received assurances from the City that the monument would not be destroyed and that it would be carefully disassembled and put into storage.

Belmont Motor Hotel - The City Plan Commission voted last week to defer the decision on whether or not to initiate the Landmark Designation process for the hotel until the May 16 CPC meeting. At the meeting last week the owner stated that he was neither for or against initiating the Landmark Designation process and wanted more time to learn about it. He also wanted time to survey the property and determine the boundaries for the historic portion of the site so that the other developable portions could be separate and not have to go through Landmark Commission for approval for new construction. He also said that he is very interested in preserving the hotel and loves the architecture and its importance as a Charles Dilbeck design.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
A couple of weeks ago I made my annual pilgrimage to DC for National Preservation Lobby Day with preservationist from across the country. We all made the rounds of Capitol Hill visiting our respective representative's offices to discuss with them the importance of preservation and keeping funding in place for the Historic Preservation Fund and the State Historic Preservation Offices. Thankfully those funds come from off-shore oil leases so it is not tied to tax revenue. This year I visited eight offices with Vaughn Aldredge from the Texas Historical Commission.

I recently learned that I will be receiving a wonderful honor from AIA Dallas on April 4 at the CELEBRATE ARCHITECTURE reception. This year I will be one of four who will be recognized with an AIA Dallas Community Honor Award. Community Honor Awards are bestowed on persons, firms, corporations, or associations for meritorious work in their respective fields and that have contributed to the architectural and artistic quality of life in Dallas. The others being recognized are H eritage Oak Cliff, Parks for Downtown Dallas, and the SMU Master of Arts in Design & Innovation (MADI) Program. At the event local, state, and national honor award recipients will also be recognized. To find out more about the event go here .

Next month we will be hosting a bunch of my colleagues from around the country here in Dallas for our annual spring meeting of the National Preservation Partners Network. Preservation Dallas is actually a tri-host as we are doing it in partnership with Historic Fort Worth and Historic Mesquite. We normally go to one city for the meeting and this one will be unique as we will spend time in all three cities looking at how we approach preservation work in North Texas. It will be a packed schedule for three days as we shuttle between each city for sessions and touring. Some of the highlights will be a walking tour of downtown Dallas showing off the tax credit and other preservation projects, a tour of the Opal Lawrence Historical Park in Mesquite with lunch in their 1886 barn, tour of Fair Park followed by a reception at the Hall of State, lunch at Thistle Hill in Fort Worth, tour of the Fort Worth Stockyards, and more. It is very exciting to have my colleagues here to show off the historic resources we have and our education and advocacy efforts. They have heard me talk about it our meetings in the past so now they get to see it first hand and experience preservation North Texas style!
Advanced Historic House Specialist seminar
Thursday, April 4
Wilson Carriage House, 8:45 am - 5pm

Have you taken the Historic House Specialist and are you ready for the Advanced class? April 4th will be your next chance to take the Advanced Historic House Specialist class. The class is one-day and covers: materials and methods of Pre- and Post-WWII housing in Dallas, the economics involved in historic preservation, historic landscapes, and how to do an advanced research of a historic building on site at the Dallas Public Library. Don’t delay! This class fills fast!
Historic House Expo
Sunday, April 7
Old Red Museum, 11 am - 5 pm

If you own, plan to buy, or simply love historic homes in Dallas; this is an event you do not want to miss! Industry leaders will present the latest in historic home restoration and remodeling. Speak with lenders and Realtors who specialize in historic home sales. Enjoy an afternoon of live music, food, workshops and more! A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Preservation Dallas. Tickets are limited.
Urban Armadillos Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 10
The Union, 5 - 7 pm

Join Urban Armadillos for their first 2019 Happy Hour at The Union! Shalissa Perry from Downtown Dallas, Inc. will give an update on the exciting activities in Downtown Dallas. Complimentary parking available in the garage. Thank you to Peloton for hosting the event and to the event sponsors: Business Interiors, Corgan, Gaedeke Group, Hamilton Properties, K2 Construction, Mohawk Group, Purdy-McGuire, and Steelcase!
Please Welcome our New Members!
Cindy Ford
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Don Thompson
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Young Professionals (PDYP)
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Thank you to the following members for renewing!
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David Preziosi
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