Join us for the Annual Meeting at the Longhorn Ballroom on June 25!
2018 Summer Sizzlers Series Starts July 10
Curious about the origins of Preston Hollow or
the history of the Good Samaritan Hospital?
How about the our beloved Texas county courthouses?
Did you know there is a Neutra-designed house in Brownsville?

Join us as we explore these topics as well as
three others throughout the summer!

Preservation Dallas is pleased to present the 2018 season of Summer Sizzlers– our popular series of educational lectures and tours, offering insights into preservation topics, architecture and history. Each session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Wilson Carriage House with the exception of our July 31 session at a different location. Free parking is available on the streets surrounding the Wilson House and in the parking lot along Floyd Street.

Individual sessions are $10 for members and $20 for the general public or get one session free by reserving the whole series at $60 for members and $130 for the general public!
Preservation Achievement Awards
It was a full house at Factory Six03 on May 19th for the 2018 Awards as we celebrated 21 worthy projects and several special recognition recipients as well as our Honoree, Matthews Southwest. Following the ceremony, the photography was abound at the rooftop reception as our guests took in the magnificent views while enjoying beverages and refreshments alongside their friends and colleagues. Take a look at photographs, winners and the Matthews Southwest video here.
20th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference Call for Proposals
In celebration of its milestone twentieth
anniversary, the organizers of the Dallas History Conference welcome proposals from both professional and lay historians on the theme, “Turning Points in Dallas History,” focusing on key events that shaped the city and region. To find out more about submitting a proposal click here . Proposals are due July 31st. 
Preservation Issues
Knights of Pythias - The City Council last week passed a historic tax exemption for the entire property of the Knights of Pythias located in Deep Ellum. The property will receive the exemption on the 1916 building and the new addition to the rear. The exemption on both will help bridge the financing gap and make the rehabilitation of the Knights of Pythias building possible. The building opened in 1916 as the home to the Knights of Pythias, an African American fraternal organization which provided insurance and death benefits. As a social organization they held many events for their organization and the African American community in the fourth floor ballroom. The building also housed offices for African American professionals such as doctors and lawyers. The Beaux Arts style building was designed by William Sydney Pittman who was the son-in-law of Booker T. Washington and the first African American architect in Texas. The building’s historic significance and importance was recognized when it was designated a City of Dallas Landmark in 1989. The building will become the Pittman Hotel with the Knights of Pythias building being rehabilitated for the lobby space, restaurant, some hotel rooms, and an event space on the fourth floor in the original ballroom. The addition to the rear will contain the remainder of the hotel rooms.

Historic Designation and Appeal Process Committee - Due to the issue with the appeal of the Lake Cliff Historic District Expansion the Dallas City Council directed Staff to work with an ad-hoc committee of the Landmark Commission to review and provide recommendations to streamline the existing requirements for initiation of the landmark designation process and the appeal of the initiation process to City Council. The ad-hoc committee has been meeting since May and have additional meetings on June 27, July 11 and 25 at 5:30 p.m. in L 1EN Conference Room E, which is located in the basement of Dallas City Hall. The meetings are open to the public with a time for input and comment during each meeting. To find out about the past meetings and upcoming meetings click here
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
Fiscal Year-End Campaign Underway

June marks the last month for Preservation Dallas' fiscal year. As we close out our fiscal year we hope you have enjoyed the many events and programs we have presented this past year. There was a wide variety including: awards, tours, panel discussions, lectures, and more! As in past years, advocacy was a big component of our work this year with some great successes including: the expansion of the Demolition Delay area into East Dallas and more of Oak Cliff, approval of $50 million in bond funds for Fair Park, the Rosenfield House being moved to its new home, saving of the Federal Historic Tax Credit during Tax Reform, approval of a historic tax exemption for the Knights of Pythias project and more. None of these victories would have been possible without the support of our members like you!
Our work never ends and we ask that you consider a special fiscal year-end gift to Preservation Dallas to assist us as we move into the next fiscal year. We are planning lots of great events for next year and continuing to work on advocacy issues, with new ones certain to pop up in the next year. Please help us out and click the button below to give a little to help a lot in our efforts to preserve the historic places of Dallas and put on quality events and programming throughout the next year!
Annual Meeting Monday at the Historic Longhorn Ballroom

Don't forget to join us Monday at the historic Longhorn Ballroom for the Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting. This meeting is for current members only and is being held at one of the most interesting and quirky historic buildings in Dallas and a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award winner! The building was recently brought back to life by Jay LaFrance who wanted to honor its history and provide a unique venue for artists to perform.

The building has a fun western theme false front and was built by millionaire O.L. Nelms for country and western signer Bob Wills in 1950. It was originally named Bob Wills’s Ranch House until Doug “Dewey" Groom took over in 1958 and renamed it the Longhorn Ballroom. During his tenure he made the ballroom into a great success bringing in county stars such as Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson and more. Other non-country performers also graced the stage including B.B. King, Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, and Al Green. Groom sold the ballroom to Ira Zack who brought in the Sex Pistols, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Georgia Satellites, and more. Aerosmith even filmed a music video in the ballroom in 1989 for "What it Takes."

So, join us at the Annual Meeting to see the amazing Longhorn Ballroom first hand and learn more about its incredible history and the work done to bring it back to its former glory! And feel free to wear your fanciest country and western duds!
Urban Armadillos/PDYP June Happy Hour
Wednesday, June 20, 5 - 7 p.m.
Factory Six03

Join the Urban Armadillos and the Preservation Dallas Young Professionals for a Happy Hour at Factory Six03 in the West End Historic District! Come see and hear how the iconic Factory Six03 team rehabilitated an old downtown warehouse building. Enjoy sweeping views of the city from the rooftop reception. Click here for more details and to register.
Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting
Monday, June 25, 6 - 7 p.m.
Longhorn Ballroom

Come check out the historic and quirky Longhorn Ballroom at the Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting. During the meeting a history of the building will be given from the owner along with a summary of Preservation Dallas' work in the past year and plans for the new fiscal year. New board members will also be elected by the general membership present. This is a members only event. For more information or to register click here .
Cocktails for Preservation: The Penthouse At 3525 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Save the date for our next Cocktails For Preservation reception and join us on Thursday evening, July 19, as we admire the views and the sunset from the 22nd floor penthouse of this ubiquitous mid century Howard Meyer design. More information and reservations will be available soon!
Please Welcome our New Members!
Community Partner
Steel Toe Stiletto

Julie Buthman

Eric Roberts
Patty Tafoya & Dean Valenzuela

Nick Gilliam
Larry Offutt
William Orenic
Darla Seible
Jay Terpstra
Chad West
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Ann K Abernathy, AIA
Serra Akboy Ilk
JC Allen
Buddy Apple & Brad Nitschke
Alice Baltierra
Crystal Bell
Morgan Harrison
Kathy Hewitt & Stephen Habgood
Grayson Hughes
Ginan Kalenik & Joe Sauber
Judith & Cameron McMillen
Ellen Buie Niewyk
Nancy Quelland
Vinne Sherman
Trent & Laura Williams
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 below.
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