New board members and board leadership elected. 
New Board Members Elected at Annual Meeting

The annual meeting this year was held at Arts Mission Oak Cliff, formerly the Winnetka Congregational Church designed by architect T.J. Galbraith. The 1929 church has been rehabilitated for use as an arts educational space. We had a shortened meeting this year so that staff, board members and attendees could get to Fair Park for the public meeting that evening on the creation of the RFP for the management of Fair Park.  

At the meeting six new board members were elected and eight rolled off the board. New board members elected for a three-year term included Norm Alston, Crystal “Chris” Bell, John Brown, Dave Millheiser, Ann Piper, and Leigh Richter. Board members that rolled off included: Jon Bull, Frances Gonzalez, Yolanda Lawson, Nancy McCoy, Scott Potter, Natalie Westbrook, Steve Whitcraft, and Willis Winters. 

After the meeting the new board elected the officers for the 2017-2018 year. The new officers are:

Alicia Quintans – President

Leigh Richter - VP, Preservation Issues

Alicia Schroeder - VP, Membership/Development

Kerry Adams - VP, Education

Joanna Hampton – Treasurer

 Will Stovall – Secretary

 Nicky DeFreece Emery - Past President

Our gratitude goes out to Arts Mission Oak Cliff for hosting the meeting and to Ben E. Keith for providing the beverages!

Our Summer Soiree was a hit!
Were you there? If not, you surely missed out! For the first time, we kicked off our fantastic Summer Sizzler series with a summer soiree! In line with the "American Summer" theme, there were games on the lawn and an updated take on summertime fare was served. Pinwheels lined the walk, bunting and swag trimmed the House and the lawn games were a hit; it was quite the scene! The event was well attended and folks were catching up with old friends and new while enjoying a lite bite or cold beverage on the front porch and throughout the Wilson House. We attracted 8 new members that night and sold several tickets to our Sizzlers - all in all we would say it was a smash hit! We would love to see you at our remaining Summer Sizzlers sessions - there are only a few left!
Frank Welch, FAIA, 1927-2017

Dallas lost the incredibly talented Frank Welch last month and we were saddened to hear of this great loss to the architectural world. Welch was mentored by O’Neil Ford and grew to be considered the dean of Texas architecture. Welch’s work always incorporated an inventory of natural materials which were highlighted by baths of natural light. He designed a handful of educational, ecclesiastical and recreational projects, as well as a few dozen residences in Dallas throughout his career in the city beginning in the 1960s. Preservation Dallas will commemorate Frank Welch’s work on our Fall Architectural Tour coming on October 28… stay tuned for details. You can read a little more about Frank Welch here.

Letter from the New Board President
As we enjoy the long summer days on vacation or in our ever-changing city, I am honored to step in and assist with the mission of Preservation Dallas as chief officer of the Board of Trustees. During my 4-year tenure on the board, I’ve seen staff, trustees and volunteers dedicate time and energy to each cause. Our events gain access to architectural treasures of Dallas, and stimulate the quest for knowledge and understanding.

Appreciation for historic places is a common thread among everyone in this organization. Whether these are recognized landmarks or not, historic places hold our stories, memories and emotional connections. By learning the history and sharing collective memory, we better understand a sense of place in our community.

My appreciation for old buildings and architecture began in Graham, Texas, a small town between Possum Kingdom Lake and Fort Belknap. Full of America Indian lore and rich in pioneer culture, the location was a settling ground for the Graham brothers around 1870, near the Brazos River. Farming, ranching and oil were the primary industries as the town developed. Today, Graham boasts the largest downtown square in Texas surrounding an Art Deco courthouse. Walking around the historic square and catching a movie at The National Theater is still one of my favorite outings and I notice something new each visit.

For 26 years, my husband and I have called Dallas our home. Dubbed as “urban pioneers” by settling in Oak Cliff during the early 1990’s, we witnessed the transformation of streetcar era buildings on Bishop Avenue into a vibrant destination with shops and restaurants. Today, as Bishop Arts and other areas of Dallas experience growing pains from popularity, shaping new development into functioning neighborhood support systems is an important way to respect an established community. Blending the new with historic and revitalizing existing buildings for modern uses creates stronger economic development, and ensures the places that matter remain for future generations to experience.

In the coming year, I would like to see a focus on Education and Action. The daily work of our staff and volunteers involve meetings at City Hall, Austin or Washington DC, as well as partnering with allies and neighborhood groups to help educate civic leaders, government officials, and the community. Education can ensure that planners, developers, and real estate professionals understand the benefits of preservation - economically, culturally and environmentally.

We can harness strength in numbers by engaging our membership, including the young professional’s group, PDYP, and Urban Armadillos. By continuing to partner with allied organizations and growing our member base, we can be a stronger voice and work with the community to strategically plan the future.
Generous support from our members and corporate partners helps Preservation Dallas continue educating and advocating to protect our City’s heritage. If you are looking for ways to be more involved, please join one of our active committees. I look forward to working with you all in the coming year and representing Preservation Dallas.


Alicia Quintans, AIA
Submit a Proposal for the 2018 Legacies Conference

Paper proposals for the nineteenth annual Legacies Dallas History Conference on January 27, 2018 are being accepted until July 31st. The conference theme will be "Dallas on the Move," saluting the importance of transportation to the development of the area. Papers might focus on pioneer transportation (wagon trails, stagecoach lines, river navigation), public transportation (streetcars, the Interurban, DART), railroads (lines, depots, employees), automobiles (road systems, auto-related businesses), aviation (air fields, airplane manufacturing), etc. Especially encouraged are papers focusing on little known or forgotten aspects of local transportation history and those that can be well illustrated with historic images. Proposals should be accompanied by sample images if possible. 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 to “Dallas History Conference, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215," or by email. Those selected will be notified by August 31, 2017. 

City of Dallas Preservation Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson joined the City of Dallas in 2014 as a Senior Planner in the Historic Preservation section of the Sustainable Development and Construction Department. She came from New Orleans but is no stranger to the Dallas area as she grew up in Rockwall and attended SMU where she received a Bachelor in Anthropology with an archaeology focus.

After graduation she took a job at a local Cultural Resources Management firm where she served as a field archaeologist. In 2008, with the downturn in the economy and less work for archaeologists she decided to return to school and went to the University of New Orleans for graduate work. While in school she served as an intern with the Preservation Resource Center for New Orleans, a preservation advocacy nonprofit similar to Preservation Dallas, and got more interested in historic buildings. Due to that interest Jennifer ended up graduating with a Master of Science in Urban Studies with an emphasis on historic preservation.

After graduate school Jennifer stayed in New Orleans and continued to work with the Preservation Resource Center serving as a historic preservation specialist and assistant to the director of the organization. While there she worked on advocacy issues, social media outreach and more.   

When the job came open at the City of Dallas she saw an opportunity to be closer to family. She especially liked the opportunity to be on the governmental side of preservation to help make a difference in increasing the public’s knowledge of historic preservation by working on educational outreach. Even though she was hired to do that she got a little bit of a delayed start due to staffing issues and having to work more on Certificate of Appropriateness reviews. Since then more staff has been hired and she has been able to return to working on educational outreach.

Her first efforts started with improving the web site and making it easier to find information, reworking it to have less jargon and to be more understandable for the general public. Her goal is to facilitate the transparency of the city’s review process. If anyone remembers the web site before Jennifer’s work it has been vastly improved. She has expanded the web site with more documents, photographs, an improved City of Dallas Landmark section with additional information about landmark properties, and a FAQ page about going through the review process for work in a Historic District. She also updated the maps of the city’s historic districts putting them in a searchable Google map and has plans to continue to improve the user interface and place information on the map about Certificate of Appropriateness applications which have been issued.

Jennifer is not just working on the web site though. She adds information regularly to the Historic Preservation section of the Sustainable Development Facebook page and has a preservation blog in the works. The blog will feature staff articles on preservation, styles of buildings, preservation review process, architects who practiced in Dallas, photos, and more. Plans are to launch the blog in 2018.

One of the big differences Jennifer sees between New Orleans and Dallas is that New Orleans tends to have more of a connection to its historic places and an appreciation for preservation. She hopes that with her work she can help bring more of that appreciation to Dallas and educate people about the great historic places we have here and help to be more proactive when issues arise. We certainly hope she can and we are happy that Jenifer is working hard to make the preservation process and information more accessible to everyone. 

Most Endangered Places  Nominations Due August 4!

Do you know of a threatened or endangered site in Dallas? If so, nominate it for the 2017 list of the Most Endangered Historic Places! The 2017 list will be announced mid-September. Click here to download a nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, August 4.

Preservation Dallas Office to Close from July 17 to 21

The Wilson House is currently undergoing an exterior restoration. Windows and siding are being repaired and the whole house is being painted. As part of that work the electrical service to the building must be disconnected and the electrical panels removed and relocated. Since we will be without power, staff will be working remotely during the week. We will still have access to email though and phones will be forwarded. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, please email us and we will do our best to help you!

Our committees could use some volunteers!
If you are interested in joining one of our committees, we would be interested in you! The committees are:

Preservation Issue s -  work on finding solutions to preservation issues around the city 
Education - provide ideas for and develop our educational programs and special projects
Membership & Development - promote the growth of our membership through outreach to current and new members

We would love to have your support! If you are interested, please contact the Committee chairs:

Preservation Issue - Leigh Richter
Education - Kerry Adams
Membership & Development - Alicia Schroeder
Preservation Issues
Fair Park - Just a few weeks ago a public meeting was held at Fair Park to discuss the creation of the RFP that the three management groups will bid on soon. Over 300 people came out for the meeting, much more than anticipated, to give feedback on questions proposed by the consultant crafting the RFP. The consultant will finalize the RFP which will then need to be approved by the city before it can be given to the three pre-qualified management groups to bid on. 

At the June 28th City Council meeting, the Mayor and City Council approved the bond amount for the upcoming bond election in November. There will be two separate bonds that the citizens of Dallas will vote on. One will be the general bond at $1.025 billion and the other will be a special bond for Fair Park at $50 million. The items to be included in the bond for Fair Park haven't been finalized yet but will most likely include money to address the needs of the buildings on the site including the Hall of State, Music Hall, African American Museum, Tower Building, Centennial Building, Coliseum, Food and Fiber Building, Science Place and more. The items to be included in the bond will be finalized in September. 

DART D2 - DART is getting closer to finalizing three options for the route through downtown for the subway, known as the D2 line. They are looking at options which will go under Pacific, Elm or Commerce Streets. DART is planning to go to the City Council in August to get approval of a "Locally Preferred Alternative" (LPA) for the routing of the line. That is necessary for them to complete the Federal Transit Authority application for a Core Capacity grant to help pay for the construction of the subway which will cost over $1 billion to complete. That grant application is due to be submitted in September. To find out more about the planning for the D2 subway line click here
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
Summer is definitely here and with it we close out another Fiscal Year. This month we started a new  fiscal year and with that new board leadership to take the helm. I am excited to work with the new group and especially with Alicia Quintans, our new Board President. We've already had our first breakfast taco meeting last week at Bolsa Mercado (excellent tacos by the way!) to discuss issues and upcoming plans. Alicia did a wonderful job serving as VP for Preservation Issues last year with Scott Potter. She brings a wealth of knowledge of Dallas and the various preservation issues we have been working on for a long time. She has a great passion for the preservation of Dallas’ historic places and finding solutions to the many issues we face in trying to preserve our built heritage. I look forward to working with her more in the next year!

I must also take this opportunity to thank Nicky DeFreece Emery, our now Past President, for all of her hard work in the past year and leadership of the organization. It was no easy task with so many issues to deal with like Fair Park, DART D2, the Noll-Struck House, Eagle Ford School, HB 3418 working its way through the state legislature, demolition of El Corazon, and more. She did an excellent job keeping the Board and organization on a steady course through all of that. I enjoyed working with her and her attention to detail on the issues, not to mention all of our breakfast taco meetings to discuss the various issues, planning for events, and more. Being the Preservation Dallas Board President is a big commitment that takes a lot of time and dedication and Nicky certainly came through, especially with keeping on top of issues and working with me closely on some of our more difficult issues. Thankfully Nicky still has another couple of years left on the board so she can continue to be involved!

While I'm passing out the thanks I must also say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the Fiscal Year-End Campaign! It was a great way to close out the fiscal year and to get us ready for our new one. Contributors to the campaign included: Buddy Apple, Scott Chase, Evelyn Darden, Elaine Dunn, Don Kingston, Elaine Dilbeck MacIntire, Andrew J. McRoberts, David Millheiser, Arlis and Beverly Parkhurst, and Egelberto and Patricia Preziosi. 

I hope you you can join us for one of our fun and educational Summer Sizzler programs this summer as we have several left. We also have some great InTown Outings planned for the next few months and planning is underway for more events throughout the fall and spring. So stay tuned for more great programs and events!

Stay cool out there in this heat!

Summer Sizzlers: 
Celebrating the Cattle Drive at Pioneer Plaza
Tuesday, July 18, 6pm
In 1994, Pioneer Plaza was dedicated to the city of Dallas to commemorate Dallas’ early history and celebrate the cattle trails that brought settlers to the area.   Janette Monear, president and CEO of Texas Trees Foundation, will take us on a tour of the Robert Summers sculptures and the restoration work that is needed to maintain one of Dallas’ most visited attractions.

Register here
Urban Armadillos Mid-Summer Mixer
Thursday, July 20, 6pm

Join the Urban Armadillos at the Haworth Showroom for a mid-summer mixer!  Fun giveways! This event is hosted by CoreNet Young Leaders, Urban Armadillos and Preservation Dallas. Sponsored by Haworth and FMG.

Register here
Summer Sizzlers:
Notorious Figures of Dallas' Past
Tuesday, July 25, 6pm
Respected Dallas author and historian  Michael V. Hazel presents some of the city’s most intriguing stories of notorious Dallas figures—persons who made their mark on history through dastardly deeds or community achievements along with famous and forgotten tales of the city.  In celebration of our 45th anniversary, we bring back this lecture from 2005.

Register here
InTown Outing:
Schoellkopf House
Wednesday, July 26, 6pm
Designed by C.D. Hill and built in 1924, this Tudor mansion has only had two owners - First National Bank Director, Fred Schoellkopf and Samuel Wyly.  The house remains as stately as when it was built and not to be missed!

Register here
Please Welcome our New Members!
Anne McDonald Davis
Kathy Finch
Ellie Hajek
Wyatt Holliday

Jane Barrett
Elizabeth Boyer
David L. Cooke
Diane L. Gorman
Betty Jo Hardman
Ann McMurray
Young Professionals
Janice Bakeley
Jillian Kohl
Marcos Salinas
Magaret Selid
Veronica Trevino

Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Gary & Sara Ahr
Skyler Baty
Kathryne Bishop
John Brown
Jon Bull
Harrison Conner
Stephen Fox
Cheryl Freydberg
Brenda Gonzales
Elizabeth Gunby
Cynthia Henneberger
Mallory Hughes
Suzan Kedron
Victor Kralisz & Russell Windle
Sue Krider
Bill & Janis Lamoreaux
James Magee 
Andrew McRoberts
Kathy Power
Susan Quante
Nancy Shelton
This newsletter is sent to all current and past members, and those interested in preservation in Dallas. Please consider becoming a member or to renew or upgrade your membership!
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