Preservation Achievement Awards are next month!
2021 Preservation Achievement Awards
Set for June 30th!
Join us virtually for the 22nd Annual Preservation Achievement Awards on June 30th at 6:00! You won't want to miss hearing the incredible stories of the preservation projects receiving awards this year and the amazing people involved in preservation. And you'll get to view a special tribute to Todd Interests, our 2021 Award Honoree, for the incredible preservation projects they have undertaken in Dallas including 400 North Ervay (the old post office), redevelopment of the East Quarter historic buildings, and the largest preservation project in Texas with The National. Click the button below to register!

Thank you to all of our incredible sponsors (to date) for the Preservation Achievement Awards this year!

Gold Level
ANDRES Construction
Joe M & Doris R Dealey Family Foundation (Virtual Production Sponsor)
Merriman Anderson Architects
Patterson Family
Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd

Silver Level
Matthews Southwest
McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture, PLLC
Walter P. Moore

Bronze Level
Siebler Construction
Vine Tower Development 

If you would like to be a sponsor of the Awards please contact the Preservation Dallas office.
The Advanced Historic House Specialist seminar 
is coming up next week!
June 2, 8:30 - 5pm
Have you taken the Historic House Specialist and are you ready for the Advanced class? June 2nd will be your next chance to take the Advanced Historic House Specialist class. The class is one-day and covers: materials and methods of Post-WWII housing in Dallas, the economics involved in historic preservation, appraising and evaluating historic properties, historic landscapes, and how to do advanced research of a historic building. 

This class will be held virtually over one day.

The workshop is $115. The class is open for anyone to participate, but realtors can receive 6 hours MCE credit. 

For those wanting to receive credit, log in to your MetroTex Association of REALTORS account to register online, or at 214-540-2751.

If you are not a realtor or taking the class for credit, register on our website.
Virginia Savage McAlester Tribute update
The "Expression of Life" sculpture, commissioned by artist Kat Warwick, is "carving together beautifully." The image can be seen emerging to life. 

Thanks to your support, nearly half of our fundraising goal has been met. A generous donor has challenged us to establish 100 additional gifts by June 15 and will match it with a $5000 donation. You can help us meet this goal by making a gift today!
A special thank you to the following contributors
to the Tribute Fund to date
Clementine Adams & Virginia Adams
Serra Akboy Ilk
Amy Aldredge
Ellen Amirkhan/Oriental Rug Cleaning Company
Jim Anderson
Ann Bagley
Caroline Giles Banks
Debra Barrios
Suzanne Bartolucci
Zaida Basora
Beth & Rick Bentley
Bernbaum/Magadini Architects
Kathryne S. Bishop
Larry E. Boerder
Tom & Virginia Bonifield
Steven Lee Bourn
Marie & Pete Brookhart
Sandy Brothers & Mike Holub
John Brown
Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Bumpas
Dealey Campbell
Roger L. Carroll
Karen Casey
Cal & Clare Buie Chaney
Jane Chapman
Scott Chase
Steve Clicque
Gary C. Coffman
Philip & Melissa Crew
Kyle Crews
Carrie Davis
Bess Dickson
Jan Doherty
Angela Downes
Harryette Ehrhardt
Jean, Nate & Daniel Eudaly
Chaitan & Courtney Fahnestock
Laura Freeland
Ross & Lois Finkelman
Friends of the Aldredge House
Wilson & Betty Fuqua
Monty Garretson
Ann Gaspari
Shannon Gilliland
Peggy Lubben Gould
Erin Granberry
Mike & Debbie Gray
Suzi & Jack Greenman
Mary & Clifford Grum
Elizabeth Gunby
Lynn Hamilton
Joanna & John Hampton
Jason & Alisha Harper
The Harvard Club of Dallas
Michael V. Hazel
RuLan Hebeler
Martha Heimberg
Katy Ehrhardt Henderson
Philip C. Henderson
Barry Henry
LaRue Howell Henry
Dealey Herndon
Katherine Homan
Kaki Hopkins
Daniel Huerta & Steven Park
Carl Hunermund & Kara Murphy
Debora Hunter
Alfredo & Margaret Jimenez
John E. Johnson
Dr. & Mrs. R. Ellwood Jones
Teresa Musgrove Judd
Christopher & Katie Kelsey
Paula Lambert
Gary Lawler
Ann Addyman Lawrence
Veletta Forsythe Lill
Julie Lowenberg
Susie Lowry
Steve Lucy
David G. Luther
Elizabeth Mast
Arch C. McColl, III
Nancy T. McCoy
Linda McFarland
Judy McMillen
Patricia & Robert Meckfessel
Mark & Sheri Miller
Norma Minnis & Gary Gray
Josephine Mitchell
Linda Mitchell
Anna Mod
Carol D. Morse
John & Anne Mullen
Mary & Weldon Nash
Michelle Nichols
Laura Noe
Mike Northrup
Marcel Quimby
Alicia Quintans
Dan Patterson
Ann Piper
David Preziosi
Melissa Prycer
Teri Raith
Skikha & Ganesh Raj
Ralph M. Randall
Linda Rayes
Paul E. Ridley
Carol Roark
Debby & Kevin Rogers
Lorie & Keith Routh
Janice Salmon Interiors LLC
Mrs. William Seale
Belinda Senevey & Adele Malpert
Renee Schmidt
Cynthia Scofield
Scovell Family Foundation
Diane & John Scovell
Nancy Shelton
SHM Architects
Danelle Smith
Gary Smith
Suzanne Naomi Smith
Linda Solomon
Carolyn Speed
Tricia Stammberger
Susanne Starling
JIm Stone
Mary K. Suhm
Summerlee Foundation
Glenna Taite
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
Evy Kay Washburne
John C. Weber
Chad West for Dallas
Shirley Whitfield
Marsue & Bill Williams
Willis & Jan Winters
Matthias Wolf & Dorothy Buckley
Janel Broussard Wood

Preservation Dallas teams up
with Reunion Racing
Réunion Racing is an amateur competitive cycling team based in Dallas, Texas. The team was founded in 2021 by Preservation Dallas member Jason Harper to fill a void in the region of a team driven, competition focused, community committed team honoring the historic culture of the sport. Réunion Racing is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization registered with USA Cycling dedicated to championing and growing the sport of competitive cycling across all racing disciplines and helping dismantle the many perceived barriers for new competitors. The team engages in various forms of racing and training such as road, criterium, cyclo-cross, gravel, and mountain bike.
Like the original European settlement in Dallas from which Réunion Racing takes its name, the team is united in the belief that commitment to community is both essential and rewarding. The team is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all team members and their families, always operating from a place of respect for our fellow cyclists and competitors, sponsors and partners, race promoters, volunteers and the general public. Réunion Racing supports at least one nonprofit organization annually through social media, education, volunteer efforts, membership drive assistance, and fundraising as applicable, and is honored to partner with Preservation Dallas during its first year. To learn more or get involved please visit
In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMHAL) will have a multimedia exhibit at the Latino Cultural Center from September 15 to October 16. The exhibit will focus on Mexican American life in Oak Cliff.

To prepare for the exhibit, they are seeking photos and interviews that will help them highlight the Mexican American community in Oak Cliff. For more information on what they are looking for and how to submit photos or information click here for a flyer on the project.
Proposals for the
2022 Legacies Dallas History Conference
Due July 31
The organizers of the 23rd Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference are soliciting proposals from both professional and lay historians on topics related to the theme: “Dining and Drinking in Dallas.” The Conference will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the Dallas History & Archives Division, on the 7th floor of the Central Library downtown.

Nothing is more fundamental to any society than food and drink. The first settlers in North Central Texas were farmers, and agriculture remained the predominant way of life for most people for decades. Today, Dallas is known as a center for dining, with a wide variety of ethnic cuisines, farm-to-table restaurants, and creative entrepreneurs. Microbrewers continue a tradition dating to the 1870s, when German immigrants opened breweries and beer gardens.

Papers presented at the conference might focus on pioneer foodways, Texas liquor laws, food and beverages invented in Dallas or popularized at the State Fair, innovative chefs and founders of restaurants, the growth of grocery store chains, convenience stores, and fast-food outlets, or memorable restaurants and bars of the past.

All papers must be based on original research and must not have been presented or published elsewhere. Those interested in presenting papers should submit a brief summary of their proposal by July 31, 2021, by email to Those selected will be notified by August 31, 2021.
Has your online research hit a brick wall?
Exciting news for those that would like to research in person again! Now that the public libraries are open again, patron 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 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 reserach 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.
Corporate Partner Highlight
Glenstar is a real estate developer, investor and operator with offices in Chicago and Dallas. They specialize in reimagined properties that combine innovative design, technology and modern amenities. Over the past two decades, they have acquired and developed over $2 billion in office, retail, residential, and medical building assets, adding up to more than nine million square feet.

Historic properties in Glenstar’s portfolio include the 1930s Chicago landmark 141 West Jackson, and the Meadows Building, Dallas’ first high-rise constructed outside of Downtown. 

The towering art deco 141 West Jackson is an icon on the Chicago skyline. In 2016, the property underwent a $40 million renovation to revitalize the lobby and amenitize the common areas. In 2019, the property received The Outstanding Building of the Year Award for historical buildings by the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA).
In 2015, Glenstar acquired Energy Square and the Meadows Building, and invested $50 million into a full renovation and restoration of the campus. The Meadows Building, one of the best examples of mid-century architecture in Texas, suffered from years of improper maintenance and detrimental modifications. The Georgia Pink marble flanking the building façade was removed, restored and reinstalled.

The second floor balcony, which was removed in 1984, was reconstructed to match the original 1955 design. The original decorative roof on the Annex Building was reinterpreted in TPO roofing to duplicate the original colorful design. The building’s insular plaza, added in 1984, that separated the Meadows Building from Energy Square, was regraded to create a unifying central space for the campus, while complimenting the building’s mid-century style. The result attracted Gensler, an award-winning global design and architecture firm, which relocated its Dallas offices to the Meadows Building, thus quantifying the value of historical preservation and building reuse.

Glenstar is passionate about giving back to our communities and has supported Dallas’ University Crossing Public Improvement District since 2015. Upon the completion of the renovation of Energy Square and the Meadows Building, Glenstar donated the Birth II Sculpture, currently located on the University Crossing Trail.
Matt Omundson, Partner at Glenstar and the President of the UCPID, is currently coordinating a pedestrian lighting project that will illuminate the University Crossing Trail. Glenstar is also spearheading a public art project, in conjunction with SMU, which will tap local artists to create murals and sculpture installations along the trail. 
Landmark Commission – The Landmark Commission Ad Hoc Committee will be forwarding their recommendations on three proposals to improve various parts of the review process for work to properties in Landmark districts. The proposals were reviewed by stakeholders who made some suggestions. The proposals will be sent to the Office of Historic Preservation staff for review before it goes to the Landmark Commission for review at their virtual June 7 public meeting to start at 1:00pm.

Fair Park Community Park - Fair Park First has been working on plans for the Community Park to be located in the parking lot near the Dos Equis Pavilion. On June 1 there will be an in person meeting to review preliminary design concepts and for attendees to share thoughts and ideas with the design team. The meeting will be held in the Fair Park Colosseum at 6:30. To register for the meeting go here. The target date for the opening of the park is spring of 2024.

Texas Legislative Session –There are two bills in particular which Preservation Dallas has commented on that have moved through the legislative process. The first is HB 3971 which would require appraisal districts to take into account historic district status when appraising properties. It was an effort to try and address the concern of many historic district property owners whose land valuations are eclipsing their improvement value. The bill was authored by Rep. Morgan Meyer whose districts covers East Dallas. Happily, it passed both houses and has been sent to the Governor. The other bill is HB 1474 and its companion SB 1585 which would allow property owners to opt-out of new historic districts and require a super-majority vote to keep them in along with exempting all religious property from new historic districts. Preservation organizations across the state were opposed to the bill as it would potentially create "Swiss cheese" historic districts which would make it difficult to review and enforce historic district regulations for new districts. The bill unfortunately was approved by both houses and is also on its way to the Governor. 

Historic Resources Survey The consultants held a virtual public meeting on May 18 to discuss the survey fieldwork findings and allow the attendees to ask questions and make comments. If you would like to review the survey fieldwork you can go here. And if you would like to make any comments on the survey fieldwork you can go here. Comments will be accepted until June 18. There will be additional public meetings in the fall as the project continues to move along. The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2022. 
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
It’s getting close to the annual Preservation Achievement Awards. But wait, you are thinking we just had the Awards! Well, yes we did last November. The 2020 Awards event was pushed from our normal time of May due to COVID in hopes that we would be able to do the event in person in the fall. We sure were optimistic back then!

With holding the 2021 Awards event in June, we are trying to get back on track to our normal time of year for the Awards event. We are off by a month with holding it in June, but close! So why aren’t we doing it in person next month? Well, we had to make a decision back in March on what we wanted to do and the board chose to do it virtually in an abundance of caution as they weren’t sure how vaccinations were going to go and where we would be with the virus in June. A decision was necessary in March as there is a lot of planning that goes into our Awards event and we needed to know which direction to go since there is a difference in planning for an in person event versus a virtual one. So, one more time for a virtual Awards event!

We will have some great projects and people to recognize this year at the Awards. We are also excited to be honoring Todd Interests for their incredible work in rehabilitating a wide range of historic buildings in downtown Dallas. That includes The National, which was just completed last year and is the largest tax credit rehabilitation project to date in Texas! The 52 story building was completed in 1965 for the First National Bank and was designed by two incredible Dallas architects, George Dahl and Thomas Stanley. The building takes up a full city block and was originally slated to be 96 feet taller but was scaled back to not interfere with flight paths to Love Field. Todd Interests transformed the long vacant former office building into a vibrant mix of retail, restaurants, hotel, office, and residential uses. It truly was a masterful job with the work that they did on such a huge project.  

We are now in the home stretch of preparing for the awards with a bunch more to do to be ready for June 30th. We have ordered the awards and are now preparing the descriptions of all of the projects and special recognition awards for our presenters. We are also working on putting together the honoree video that will tell the story of Todd Interests’ work. A whole lot goes into the above with pulling together histories of the buildings, descriptions of the projects and images to illustrate the history and work.

After watching some virtual awards events of other preservation organizations around the country I have found that we tend to give more of a history of the building and the project description. That really tells the story of what makes it award winning rather than just giving the building owner an award. I feel it is much more inspiring to hear the back story and what the winners had to do to bring the buildings back to life. Having gone through several renovation projects myself, I know that a lot of blood, sweat and tears go into these projects and I’m so glad that Preservation Dallas can recognize that incredible work and show that yes, it can be done and that historic buildings can have a new life that fits our current lifestyles. So sign up now to attend the 22nd annual Preservation Achievement Awards this year to see and learn about all of the great projects and people involved in preservation! 
All in-person events have been postponed until further notice.
Preservation Dallas
Annual Membership Meeting
June 21, 6:00 pm
Save the date! Our annual membership meeting will be held virtually on June 21st at 6pm. Because we will be voting for the upcoming board, all attendees must be current members. If you have any questions about your current membership status, email us regarding your current status.
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Please Welcome our New Members!
Preservationist II
Brett William Skyllingstad
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Robert J Brown
Karen & Chris Edgemon
James L Forke
Carol Huang & Stefan Feuerabendt
Denny Hunt
Don Kingston
Larry Offutt
Egelberto and Patricia Preziosi
Paul Ridley
Gary & Suzanne Smith
J. Mark & Zachary Wolf
This newsletter is sent to all current and past members, and those interested in preservation in Dallas. To become a member or to renew or upgrade your membership, please click here:
Legacy Corporate Partner
Corporate Partners
Joe M & Doris R Dealey Family Foundation
Funding has been provided to Preservation Dallas from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by Preservation Dallas does not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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